That was quit a performance this afternoon at American University, where Ted Kennedy, flanked by his Congressman son and Caroline Kennedy Schlosberg, gave a good-old-fashioned thumper of a speech throwing his endorsement and enthusiastic support behind Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination.
He countered every one of Hillary’s charges of inexperience, etc., one-by-one and declared the Senator from Illinois: “ready to be President from Day One!” Then he wrapped the candidate from head to toe in the Kennedy legacy until you could barely tell Barack from Jack. Barack has to be the skinniest Presidential candidate since JFK, and he favors those slim fit suites right out of the ‘60s, so the image is eerily similar on some level.
And if there was any piece of the Kennedy legacy left ungifted by Ted, Obama claimed it in his acceptance speech that followed, which was also very stirring. They had a gym full of mostly college kids whipped into a real frenzy.
I’ve been avoiding making predictions, but I think you can put a fork in Hillary now – she is done. It’s not just the Kennedys jumping on the Barack bandwagon. The pundits have turned so harshly on the Clintons, and I sense there is just a general feeling in the country that we’ve had enough of the Clintons and the Bushes, and that it is time for a change.
Then there is this very interesting subplot. By endorsing Obama, the Kennedys are helping send the Clintons packing, which lets them regain their position as the first family of the Democratic party. Perhaps Uncle Teddy just had enough of Bubba and his bride and this was his way to regain the spotlight for his brothers’ legacies and his own amusement?