Massachusetts politics and the John Jay standard

The Federalist Paupers blog finds an interesting historical parallel for the situation in Massachusetts today, trying to rig the rules for choice of an interim senator to fill our Ted Kennedy's seat. On the off-chance that Governor Patrick might have second thoughts about his participation in this (and on the even remoter chance that this blog-post reaches his desk) I refer him to the fine example set by Gov. John Jay of New York when he encountered a similar situation in 1800.  That spring, New York Republicans won a startling victory over the Federalist incumbents in the state assembly and senate elections, largely due to the unparalleled politicking of Aaron Burr.  Since New York's electoral college would be selected by the new legislature - and since winning New York was the key to Vice President Jefferson's electoral strategy later that year - the election had incredible national ramifications.Federalists, especially Alexander Hamilton, were horrified.  Hamilton...(Read Full Post)