Ted's deathbed proposal was for a placeholder Senator who'd be forbidden from running in the special election, in order to prevent a Roland Burris or Caroline Kennedy situation. And it is a fine suggestion, really, mostly sidestepping the argument about how Democrats didn't want Romney to appoint a replacement for Kerry back in 2004 when a couple jokers thought that guy might be the President.
This placeholder's sole job is the provide the Democrats with a 60th vote, for the health care, even though they're still not guaranteed a couple of those 60 votes, but hopefully none of those votes they're missing will join a filibuster, though you can never tell with these treacherous weasels.
Anyway. Michael Dukakis, the former governor of Massachusetts and the Democratic nominee for the presidency in 1988, would do a fine job of voting Yea on The Socialist Nazi Death Care. But he is also a little bit overqualified. And frankly we wouldn't mind having him be a real Senator, as he is a Good Liberal, and he loves the BULLET TRAINS as much as we do. But he is also very old, and people only remember how goofy he looked in a tank once, and also the time he made a black man kill a lady.
When Paul Wellstone died, the Democrats asked universally beloved Minnesota hero Walter Mondale to run to replace him. And that is why there was ever a Senator Norm Coleman.