I’m thrilled that this is the first time in over 60 years that there are no Kennedys in Washington. Hopefully the family uses their time to learn what it’s like to give away their own money for a change instead of the sort of public-sector philanthropy Ted liked to practice.
Some members of the Kennedy family aren’t so happy about a Camelot-free America though.
On ABCâ€™s World News Saturday, correspondent John Hendren filed a report marking this year as the first time since 1947 that no members of the Kennedy family will hold public office in Washington, D.C. The piece began:
JOHN HENDREN: The sun has set on the Kennedy era. When Congress reconvenes next week, it will be the first time in 64 years that there has not been a Kennedy in office.
KATHLEEN KENNEDY TOWNSEND, DAUGHTER OF ROBERT F. KENNEDY: I think it’s sad. I think that we need a Kennedy.
It’s the “birthright” attitude that I always found annoying.
But the reporter helped give Kathleen some hope:
HENDREN: There are still dozens of young Kennedys who could pick up the torch, so it’s possible this is a gap and not the end of an era.
FORMER SENATOR TED KENNEDY (D-MA): The work begins anew, the hope rises again, and the dream lives on.
HENDREN: John Hendren, ABC News, Capitol Hill.
Look, there’s a Kennedy picking up the torch now! Oh wait, nevermind, that’s just a Flaming Sambuca.
More liberal letdown news: Not to pile on the bad news for Democrats, but the clock is ticking for when the Speaker.Gov website erases Stretch from Speaker cyberspace and puts up Boehner’s new site. Probably around midnight tomorrow night/Wednesday morning.