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White Elephant

The perfect nickname for the building and its bloated honoree:

A worker puts the finishing touch on the “Waitress Sandwich” installation

President Obama and a host of other dignitaries will descend on the Hub today to dedicate the new ?Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, after a pricey gala last night for high-rolling donors that the organizers did not identify.

The dedication of the $79 million institute on Columbia Point — subsidized with $38 million of federal earmarks and $5 million in state subsidies — begins at ?10 a.m. and will feature remarks from Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, U.S. Sen. John McCain, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, among others.

The nonprofit institute held a gala last night, charging $250,000 for people who want to be members of the “chairman’s circle,” and $100,000 for a package of six “benefactor” tickets and recognition at the event. Other ticket prices ranged from $50,000 down to $2,500, the cheapest ticket for an individual.

Forty-three million dollars of our money—over half the cost—and the cheapest ticket to get into the roach motel is $2,500. So Kennedy.

More Kennedy:

When Ted Kennedy wrote his initial account of Chappaquiddick for the Edgartown police in 1969, after he scrawled the words “Mary Jo” in the first sentence he left a blank space — because he had no idea what his victim’s last name was.

That’s one of the many facts about Ted Kennedy that you won’t learn by visiting the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

Moore facts:

Ted was named after Edward Moore, his father’s faithful procurer.

It’s an “interactive museum,” and for the kiddies, there is what is called a “Senate Immersion Module.” Yes, immersion. Although presumably not in the backseat of a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont.

In September 1972, in the Oval Office, Henry Kissinger told President Nixon a story about Cristina Ford, Henry Ford’s wife, being stalked by Teddy in Manhattan. Finally Mrs. Ford locked herself in her suite at the Carlyle Hotel, where FBI reports in 1965 said Teddy had been engaging in wild “sex parties,” like his older brothers before him, with Marilyn Monroe.

Kissinger: “(He) practically beat her door down … She finally told him, ‘What if the newspapers get this?’ He said, ‘No newspapers are going to print anything about me. I’ve got that covered.’?”

Nixon: “Jesus Christ! That’s pretty arrogant.”

Says Nixon! If Nixon is calling you arrogant, you’ve retired the trophy.

Entering the museum, visitors will see a video that includes snippets from some of Ted’s famous speeches. I hope the family retainers include the very truthful remarks he made in 1965 about the Immigration Reform Act:

“The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society. It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs …”

How about this speech about Nixon’s pardon in 1974, five years after the brooming of what the inquest judge described as his manslaughter of Mary Jo what’s-her-name:

“Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?”

Here’s another snippet, from the Senate debate in 1991 over Clarence Thomas’ confirmation to the Supreme Court. At the time Ted was under subpoena to testify at his nephew’s rape trial in West Palm Beach:

“Are we an old-boys’ club — insensitive at best and perhaps something worse? Will we strain to concoct any excuse? To tolerate any unsubstantiated attack on a woman?”

Finally, the museum has an “almost exact replica” of Teddy’s Senate office. I trust that means a very well-stocked bar has been included, and if it’s really going to be exact, it will have to be an open bar.
Bartender — a Chivas on the rocks!

I wrote over the weekend about Harry Reid’s decade of defilement and debasement of the Senate, but I should have bided my time. Reid was an amateur compared to Kennedy, a Mario Mendoza compared to a Willie Mays of debauchery and corruption.

And we celebrate him. We shovel $43 million into a mausoleum for the runt of a very randy litter. Not since ancient Rome have so many monuments been erected for so many reprobates. Some of those Romans declared themselves gods. For that, the Kennedy clan relies on the Boston Globe.


Dog Bites Man

Kennedys plunging into water: old news.

Kennedys plunging themselves with water: new news.

Ethel Kennedy, the 86-year-old widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, took the so-called “ice bucket challenge” at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass., over the weekend, and dared President Barack Obama — who is vacationing on nearby Martha’s Vineyard — to do the same, according to Yahoo News.

“Welcome to Cape Cod, President Obama,” Kennedy said in a video of the stunt posted to Facebook on Monday by her son, Max, before a small bucket of ice water was dumped on her head. “I nominate you.”

If nominated, he will not run:

The White House said in a statement to the Boston Globe: “The president appreciates Mrs. Kennedy thinking of him for the challenge — though his contribution to this effort will be monetary.”

Obama will make the donation this week, the White House said.

Somebody follow up on that. This guy sometimes forgets what he’s said.


Lizzie Warren Took an Axe/And Gave Ma Clinton Forty Whacks

More like a tomahawk than an axe:

In an echo of 2008 — when Ted and Caroline Kennedy backed upstart Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton — members of the Kennedy clan have been quietly wooing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging her to throw her hat in the ring, sources tell me.

The question of whom to back in the 2016 presidential race has split the Kennedys down the middle. Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, and their eldest son, former US Rep. Joe Kennedy II, favor Warren — the darling of the party’s left-wing base who now sits in Ted Kennedy’s old seat — while Bobby Jr. and Max Kennedy remain loyal to Hillary Clinton.

Over the past several weeks, the Kennedys have tried to settle their family quarrel by inviting Clinton and Warren to their compound in Hyannis Port, where each woman has been put through a kind of audition for the role of party standard-bearer.

Clinton and Warren were feted on separate occasions at a catered buffet lunch under a large tent. In addition, Hillary and Bill Clinton were treated to a sail aboard the Kennedy schooner, the Maya.

Despite the death of the family patriarch, Ted, the Kennedys still consider themselves the torchbearers of the Democratic Party.

That these genetic mutants think themselves representative of anything (other than the perils of excess) is astonishing. I used to enjoy these Democrat civil wars, but then we got eight years of Barack Obama. Another eight of Betty Buckskin is too much even to contemplate.

Not least to Bill and Hill:

“Bill and Hillary take the threat from Elizabeth Warren very seriously and are doing everything in their power to neutralize her,” said a member of the Clintons’ inner circle. “In July, they cut short their vacation in the Hamptons and flew by private jet up to the Cape, where they had lunch with Bobby and his fiancée, [actress] Cheryl Hines, Ethel, Joe, Rory, Max, Doug and Bobby Shriver and Chris Lawford.

“Bill was in full campaign mode,” this source added. “He made a point of talking to every member of the family, shook every hand, and remembered the names of everyone from the youngest to the oldest.

“Hillary was pretty reluctant about sailing on the Maya, but Bill told her that you can’t visit the Kennedys and not go for a sail. The outing on the choppy waters of Nantucket Sound was pretty rough, and Hillary was a little green around the gills.”

When you consider the company, can you blame her?

But there was one detail that particularly galled me:

“A Kennedy endorsement matters,” said a family member. “It’s not just the aura of being compared to JFK, Bobby and Ted. But it’s also the use of the Hyannis Port compound and the JFK Library, which are magnets for fund-raisers.”

The Kennedy Library is a Democrat money magnet? When it’s a public/private entity?

The Kennedy Library Foundation has its origins in the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library, Inc., a non-profit corporation that was chartered in Massachusetts on December 5, 1963, to construct and equip the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Massachusetts.

The Corporation, under its first president, Robert F. Kennedy, raised more than $20 million in private funds for the construction of the Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum by public subscription. Among the Corporation’s many responsibilities were the raising and management of all building funds, the selection of the Library site, the appointment of the architect and exhibit designers, the selection of the general contractor, and the actual supervision of all construction. The Kennedy Library Corporation transferred title of the completed library to the United States Government on October 20, 1979 at a dedication ceremony attended by President Jimmy Carter.

In 1984, the work of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Corporation was reorganized and incorporated under Massachusetts law as the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Foundation currently employs 26 full and part-time staff who work closely with the Library’s federal employees to help fulfill the mission of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

The private financial support provided by the Kennedy Library Foundation enables the federal government to expand the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s research and archival capacity, to undertake marketing and public information projects, to offer intern and research fellowship programs, to enhance its museum and exhibits, and to offer nationally recognized educational and public programming.

The close relationship between the Library and Foundation illustrates the benefits to society and the American taxpayer that accrue from such public/private partnerships.

Thanks so much, America! I hope every family can take advantage of the tax laws to build a waterfront mausoleum to their patriarch, and then use it for partisan politicking. As they said of ObamaCare, do it for Ted!


Blogging With Half My Brain Tied Behind My Back, Just to Make it Fair

BTL Nov. 18:

What we don’t have is any credible evidence (even incredible evidence) that the “climate of hate” in Dallas had anything to do with it. If you look at the newsreels of the day, with thousands upon thousands of adoring people lining the motorcade route, I’ll be damned if I see any credible evidence of a climate of hate.

Just remain aware of that over the next few days. You’ll be convinced the Tea Party shot Kennedy (both of them, and MLK, Jr.—even Buddy Holly and Richie Valens) by the end of this week.

Rush Limbaugh today, Nov. 21:

Before it’s all said and done, before they finish with this, the Tea Party will actually be said to have had its roots in Dallas in 1963 and that the madcap, extremist, right-wing lunaticism is actually the spawning place of the modern day Tea Party.

Don’t doubt me.

Look, even when I make jokes about these people I end up being right about ‘em, so don’t discount that.

I know how it feels, El Rushbo.

PS: Another point about the “climate of hate” in Dallas: Texas went for Kennedy in 1960. Having Johnson on the ticket helped, of course—not least in stealing a fair number of votes—but if Texas hated Kennedy so much, Texas would have joined the 27 states (by my count) that voted against him.

PPS: One more small thing. In watching some of the Kennedy hagiography going on, something puzzled me. They described Kennedy as being raised in New York, and as being seen as a carpetbagger when he first ran for Congress in 1946. Huh? I thought he was Boston’s first son. The facts: Kennedy was born in Brookline; the family moved to Riverdale, New York when he was 10; he attended Choate (in CT) for high school, and wanted to go to Princeton for college until his father intervened; thence to Harvard; after graduation in 1940, he mostly worked for his father until enlisting in the war. No big deal; his mother’s side had long roots in Boston, and the family spent a lot of time at the compound on the Cape. But he didn’t exactly grow up going to Red Sox games and taking in Symphony concerts.


So, Who Do YOU Think Killed JFK?

Rhetorical question—I don’t care what you think.

But let’s look at the candidates. I think most people put Lee Harvey Oswald at the scene, but did he act alone? Among his alleged sponsors and accomplices, we have: the Mafia (in response to Bobby’s persistent hectoring as Attorney General); Fidel Castro (in response to America’s assassination plots); Moscow (in response to the missile crisis, and just because); LBJ (in response to having to serve under the puny son-of-a-bitch).

What we don’t have is any credible evidence (even incredible evidence) that the “climate of hate” in Dallas had anything to do with it. If you look at the newsreels of the day, with thousands upon thousands of adoring people lining the motorcade route, I’ll be damned if I see any credible evidence of a climate of hate. To be sure, Kennedy had his detractors. But his most likely killer was not a far-right zealot, but an avowed Communist who had defected to Russia and leafleted on behalf of Castro’s Cuba. And except for the Mafia, the only people who stood to benefit were on the Left, not the Right.

Just remain aware of that over the next few days. You’ll be convinced the Tea Party shot Kennedy (both of them, and MLK, Jr.—even Buddy Holly and Richie Valens) by the end of this week.

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Are You Ready For…?

Senator Markey?

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of him. He’s my rep (I’m pretty sure), and I can barely remember him:

US Representative Edward J. Markey, dean of the state’s Washington delegation, will run in 2013 for the Senate seat expected to open with the nomination of Senator John F. Kerry to head the State Department.

Markey, 66, a Malden Democrat elected to the House in 1976, is the first prominent candidate to declare a run for Kerry’s seat, which will be filled through a special election early next summer, probably in June. Kerry, a Democrat and head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate in coming weeks as the next secretary of state.

The Massachusetts special election is likely to be a closely watched national race and a poten tial harbinger for the 2014 midterm elections.

“I have decided to run for the US Senate because this fight is too important,” Markey said in a statement to the Globe. “There is so much at stake.”

Two other Bay State congressmen, Michael E. Capuano of Somerville and Stephen F. Lynch of South Boston, both Democrats, have also expressed interest in seeking Kerry’s seat, but have announced no decision.

Running in a special election is a low-risk venture for House incumbents. If they lose, they would still be members of Congress and be able to run for reelection as favored incumbents in 2014. State Senator Benjamin B. Downing, a Pittsfield Democrat, is expected to announce next week that he is forming an exploratory committee for a possible Senate run.

Senator Scott Brown, a Republican who lost his seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November, is the most likely GOP candidate in the 2013 special election.

Markey’s announcement was made just three days after Edward M. Kennedy Jr., a son of the late US senator, said he would pass on the Massachusetts race and may run in the future in Connecticut, where he now lives.

I missed the Kennedy announcement. No wonder Markey wants in. He’s just as talentless and unqualified as Capuano and Lynch—and any other party hack I can think of. Why not run?

He’s enjoyed his lifetime appointment to the House (never finishing with less than 62% of the vote, seven times with 98% or more), so I don’t know how he’d do in a bruising primary, let alone a statewide election against Scott Brown.

Without a Kennedy running, it’s an open seat. Let the infighting begin.


Connecticut’s Third Senator

I know we’re all about what the Constitution is supposed to do “on our behalf”, but can’t we be represented by someone who actually lives here?

Edward M. Kennedy Jr.’s emergence in the Bay State’s latest looming special U.S. Senate election would be a tectonic game changer, forcing leading local Democrats to think twice about jumping in and bringing a tidal wave of national money, influence and headlines to both sides of the race — again.

With the late senator’s son mulling a run, according to his brother Patrick J. Kennedy, Democrats are already gaming their options for the expected race to replace U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry if he is confirmed as secretary of state. Nationally, it’s a chance for the party to bring the late Liberal Lion’s name back to the Senate. For Republicans, that name is a red flag that could fire up the right opponent’s campaign.

“National Democrats are longing to bring Camelot back,” said GOP operative Ford O’Connell. “Republicans have a chance to narrow Democrats’ lead in the Senate.”

Kennedy, 51, has kept a low political profile, working as an environmental activist and an advocate for the disabled. A Connecticut resident, he’d likely face carpetbagging slams. While that didn’t hurt his uncle Robert F. Kennedy in New York in 1964, or his cousin Joseph Kennedy III in this year’s 4th District race, a five-month mad-dash campaign could make it tough to bounce back from any rookie mistakes that have flummoxed other Kennedys. The wheels came off cousin Caroline’s New York Senate bid in 2009 after criticism over not voting in Democratic primaries and for using the phrase “you know” well more than a hundred times in a half-hour interview. Ted Kennedy Jr.’s cousin Max also famously fumbled a budding run for the late Joe Moakley’s seat in 2001.

“You don’t dismiss anyone with the name Kennedy,” said Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia. “But I think we’re past the point when anyone named Kennedy is automatically elected anywhere.”

He can dodge the Connecticut issue because he owns a house in the family compound in Hyannisport. So because he plays touch football twice a year on the Cape, he feels entitled to take the political gridiron to represent the Commonwealth.

He’s not wrong.

But still:

Kennedy did not return messages left at his Branford, Conn., home yesterday.


Get a Room, Part Two

We’ve already documented the unnatural acts of journalism performed on Elizabeth Warren by the Boston Gob.

Now they’re putting the moves on the Kennedy boy:

On a balmy fall evening in 1999, Joseph P. Kennedy III, a freshman member of the Stanford University lacrosse team, waited anxiously in his dorm room for the team’s initiation ritual to begin. Like the other new players, Kennedy had no idea what was to come.

On the other side of campus, his older teammates had laid in enough beer to last the long night ahead. But for Kennedy, there was a different drink.

Knowing that Kennedy does not consume alcohol, the upperclassmen had set out a large glass of milk for him. When he arrived, Kennedy promptly downed it, and poured a chaser of the same.

“Joe drank an awful lot of milk that night,’’ recalled David Kaufman, another rookie lacrosse player and Kennedy’s senior roommate. “He kept pace with us glass for glass.’’

Kennedy’s milk consumption became legendary among his teammates and earned him the nickname “the milkman,’’ which stuck throughout his college career.

You know how that story is bull[bleep], even if 100% accurate? Who knows or cares whether the night was “balmy”? The reporter is setting a scene, painting a picture.

And it gets even more hideous:

Of his family, he declares, “It’s a huge family. It’s crazy, it’s wonderful, it’s vibrant and it’s exciting.’’ Kennedy is exceptionally polite and uses words like “darn’’ and “gosh.’’ While he waxes eloquently on his stint in the Peace Corps and his work as an assistant district attorney, he says of himself only partly in jest, “I’m pretty boring as it turns out.’’

Voters in the newly configured 4th congressional district will be the judge of that.

Kennedy is the first of his generation, a tribe of dozens of cousins many of whom do not bear the Kennedy name, to make a bid for public office. If he is successful, he could renew the luster of a somewhat tarnished family name. If he is not, he will fuel critics’ contentions that the family has exhausted its political potency. But right now people like Charlie Shapiro, a former Newton alderman attending a Democratic caucus where Kennedy appeared last month, just wish he would stand still long enough so that they can snap a picture of him.

“I don’t think it should be a cakewalk because of the name, of course,’’ Shapiro said, “But I think he is going places and I would like a photo of him.’’

It is the first day of Joe Kennedy’s campaign and the red-haired candidate is vigorously shaking hands in the packed Crivello’s Crossing restaurant in Milford, a town new to the redrawn voting district. Kennedy is talking about the need for economic justice and a fair tax code. But a lot of people would rather reminisce about his family.

A WBZ television reporter interrupts a question to tell Kennedy something: “I covered your father in Congress.’’ Another reporter pulls him aside to tell of the day in 1952 “when your uncle came to town and walked right down this street.’’ A selectman has a story about his own father campaigning with John F. Kennedy. And on it goes.

Where was the Martha’s Vineyard policeman to reminisce about the night they pulled his great uncle’s Oldsmobile Delmont 88 out of the drink?

I’m sure Joe-Joe-Joe is a great kid—or I hope so. Because it sounds like we’re stuck with him. (Can’t be worse than Barney Frank, the man he’s replacing.)

PS: Do Louisianans elect inbred descendants of Huey Long? Are there idiot great-grandchild La Follettes clogging up the Wisconsin state legislature? Why is Massachusetts the only state to be plagued by serial familial office holding?


From a Family That Knows Call Girls

He would know whereof he speaks:

Leave it to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to one-up Rush Limbaugh in the name-calling department.

“Speaking of prostitutes, big oil’s top call girl Sen Inhofe wants to kill fuel economy backed by automakers, small biz, enviros, & consumers,” the New York-based environmentalist wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

Kennedy was targeting Inhofe for a letter the Oklahoma Republican sent last week to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that questions the Obama administration’s fuel economy and air pollution policies.

“It’s hard to believe that Robert Kennedy Jr. would choose to use such language — especially this week,” Dempsey said. “I bet he now regrets it.”

Kennedy told POLITICO that he stands by his tweet.

Course he does. Chris Matthews won’t mention this. Keith Olbermann won’t mention this. Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, not one member of the Democrat-media complex will mention this.

I will accept that it’s one thing to call a private citizen (and a young woman) a slut and a prostitute, and another to use that language toward an older male senator. So, it’s less insulting—but fully equally as stupid. Which is what you expect from this clan.

PS: We can’t all buy our oil from Hugo Chavez like his brother Joe.


Wanna Drive a Kennedy Crazy?

Admittedly a very short drive (like off a bridge, say).

Quote ‘em. Remember this two years ago?

Brilliant move—brilliant. It drove them absolutely bat-[bleep]. And you can bet wrapping himself in the (John) Kennedy mantle helped get him elected.

But this. This has them choking on their ice cubes:

US Senator Scott Brown’s suggestion that he shares with the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy a position on religious exemptions for health care providers is “misleading and untrue,’’ said Kennedy’s son, Patrick, who wants Brown to stop citing the elder Kennedy in radio advertisements.

“You are entitled to your own opinions, of course, but I ask that, moving forward, you do not confuse my father’s positions with your own,’’ Kennedy wrote to Brown. “I appreciate the past respect you have expressed for his legacy, but misstating his positions is no way to honor his life’s work.’’

Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat and former eight-term congressman from Rhode Island, complained to Brown in a letter e-mailed yesterday morning and then released publicly.

Kennedy takes issue with Brown’s new radio ad, in which the freshman Republican senator states: “Like Ted Kennedy before me, I support a conscience exemption in health care for Catholics and other people of faith.’’

Kennedy asked that Brown take the ad down.

“I respectfully request that you immediately stop broadcast of radio ad and from citing my father any further,’’ he said.

Brown will not pull the radio ad, his campaign said yesterday afternoon. The senator replied with a short, open letter back to Kennedy, in which he said: “When your father told the Pope in his 2009 letter that he supported a conscience exemption for Catholics in health care, he did not mean to put himself on the opposite side of the church or to suggest that he would force them to accept a situation with which they could not abide.

“And yet, that is exactly the situation we are faced with today – despite a failed attempt at compromise, the church remains opposed to the federal government’s intrusion into the affairs of private conscience,’’ Brown wrote. “I’d like to think your dad would have been working with me to find an accommodation that all sides found satisfactory.’’

You’ve been pwned, son!

Ted’s mantle is a little bigger, still a little damp from seawater, and smells a bit of stale whiskey and vomit. But it’s still a Kennedy mantle. I knew Scott Brown was biding his time. Let Betty Warren take the early rounds. But she’ll tire, her arms will get heavy. It’s like Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope, only with a Harvard law professor (though still a dope).

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You May Be Shocked to Learn…

Another Kennedy gets hisself in trouble:

Robert F. Kennedy’s son, Douglas, faces misdemeanor charges over an incident at a New York hospital last month in which he knocked down a nurse while holding his newborn son, attorneys for both sides say.

He was arraigned Thursday on harassment and child endangerment charges, both attorneys said.

Kennedy — a Fox News contributor — was trying to take his newborn son for a walk “to get fresh air” outside Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, when two nurses intervened to prevent him from leaving, they said.

Kennedy, who was accompanied by a hospital doctor, allegedly twisted the arm of one nurse to move her away from a door and kicked another after she approached him on January 7, according to Elliot Taub, the attorney for both nurses.

The doctor who accompanied Kennedy, Timothy Haydock, was a longtime family friend, who said the nurses had initially agreed to let Kennedy take the baby outside.

Sounds like this was a mess on both sides. But who gets into a fight with maternity nurses?

Anyway, his nephew, Joe III, is running for Congress, and needs this like he needs a… uh, let’s just say he doesn’t need this.


The Kennedy Kult

Boston used to call itself a drinking town with a baseball problem. That hasn’t really changed, but we have bigger problems than the chicken-and-beer chugging chokers wearing the embroidered B.

We have Kennedys—and if we have them, you all have them:

Joe Kennedy III has just jumped into the race to succeed Barney Frank and, let’s face it, the contest is over. Indeed, it never began. Fifty years later – a half century! – and the Bay State’s extraordinary, axiomatic, and unquestioning loyalty to the Kennedy name seems not to have wavered a bit.

Kennedy seems, by all accounts, a nice enough 31-year-old. Despite being raised in a famous family, he’s lived a largely anonymous life, working for the past several years as an assistant district attorney. Kennedy’s career to date is not an unusual profile for someone who might want to try his hands at politics. But it’s not the profile of a prohibitive favorite.

Yet – absent the extraordinary – he’ll win, just like his great uncle, by a margin of 2 to 1.

The piece strives to be unimpressed, to be cool to the Camelot allure. But this is the Boston Gob. Even if they weren’t in thrall to the myth of the Kennedys (and they very, very much are), the clan sells papers. (A Glob reporter published a heavy and unreadable tome on the life of Ted a couple of years ago, remaindered copies of which are being used to shore up sea walls down on the Cape.)

So, the veneer falls:

The Kennedys not only inherit wealth and good hair, they also inherit a sense of public service and shared values. There’s no worry that Joe will turn out to be a conservative. No one believes that he’ll oppose abortion rights or somehow considers the poor best off left fending for themselves. Doubtless he’ll support national health care, just as he’ll advocate for taxing the wealthy.

When we elect the man, we’ll get the clan.

It’s been 14 months since a Kennedy last held national public office. It’ll be good to see one back again, perhaps the first of many. Who knows? Maybe the third generation can match the first.

We can presume he does not mean Joe Kennedy, Sr. as the first generation. A philandering, bootlegging antisemite is hardly a model to aspire to, even for Kennedys.

But assuming he means, Jack, Bobby, and Ted—under what rock has he been living? JFK was charming and smart (enough), but those traits without a moral code lead one to… well the life of JFK. The recent revelations of Mimi Alford, a 19-year-old intern when she lost her virginity to him, should be enough to tarnish the Kennedy legacy for anyone not already blind to their miscreance.

Thank God for Howie Carr:

If your name were Joseph Patrick, your candidacy would be a joke.

That is of course a paraphrase of what Eddie McCormack said to Ted Kennedy back in their 1962 Senate debate. But it’s just as true now of Teddy’s great-nephew JoJoJo Kennedy.

So what if he doesn’t have any qualifications. He’ll drive off that bridge when he comes to it.

Have you watched the kid’s 170-second campaign-announcement video yet? It’s packed with embarrassing punch lines he doesn’t even realize he’s delivering, including references to “stacking the deck” and the “super-rich.”

But my favorite is when JoJoJo pledges to get “people underwater back on dry land.”

Er, does that include Mary Jo Kopechne?

At 31, this Kennedy has kept his nose pretty clean. But it doesn’t mean he should get a congressional seat for his relative good behavior. Though he probably will.

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