Patrick Kennedy bows out
This Obama-as-President thing is working wonders for the Republican party:
Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election to Congress, saying his life is “taking a new direction” just months after the death of his father and mentor, Sen. Edward Kennedy. The Rhode Island Democrat taped a message to be aired on the state’s television stations Sunday night. The Associated Press viewed the message Thursday, ahead of the announcement.
“Now having spent two decades in politics, my life is taking a new direction, and I will not be a candidate for re-election this year,” Kennedy says in the ad.
The decision by the eight-term congressman comes less than a month after a stunning Republican upset in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat his father held for almost half a century.
If you think back to a year ago, when Uncle Ted endorsed Obama (which effectively put an end to Hillary’s campaign), it was celebrated by the left and the mainstream media as the Kennedy torch being passed to the “true heir” to Camelot. Who would’ve thought that less than twelve months later, a Republican would be sitting as the junior senator from the Bay State, and Patrick Kennedy would step down before facing almost certain defeat.
Ironically, you could say that it was Obama’s policies that put an end to the Kennedy stranglehold on New England representative politics.
It will be interesting to see the spin on this one—who will be blamed? Tea Party Nation? Right-wing anger? The filibuster? Blue Dogs?