Obama’s Big Day with the Kennedys

Today was a big day for Barack Obama’s campaign to bring “change we can believe in,” as Ted Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy took to the stage at American University to endorse Obama.


It was reported that “before the Iowa caucuses, Mr. Kennedy had planned to stay out of the race,” but Kennedy became increasingly impressed with Obama’s candidacy and he decided to cast aside “his long history of working” with the Clinton’s, to support Obama as the “change” candidate.  

There’s plenty of musing today in the news and the blogosphere on why Ted Kennedy’s endorsement matters. Although I’ve made the personal choice to support Hillary Clinton, make no mistake, I see this as a huge boost to Obama’s campaign.

There’s video and text of Caroline Kennedy, Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama’s speechs today here. In his speech today, Kennedy made it clear that he respects that “strength, the work and dedication of two other Democrats still in the race, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.”

They are my friends; they have been my colleagues in the Senate.  John Edwards has been a powerful advocate for economic and social justice.  And Hillary Clinton has been in the forefront on issues ranging from health care to the rights of women around the world.  Whoever is our nominee will have my enthusiastic support.

Time will tell just how much Kennedy’s endorsement will help Obama. Kennedy is set to hit the ground running and campaign for Obama in many of the Tsunami Tuesday states but as Joe Gandelman points out as the polls show, “Super Tuesday is said to favor Clinton.”

Throughout my entire life, hailing originally from the great state of Massachusetts, I have considered myself to be a Kennedy (and Kerry) Democrat, but today I disagree with Ted Kennedy’s assertion that Obama’s campaign is a “different kind of campaign — not just about himself, but about all of us.”

Each of the candidates has inspired similar ideals in this primary race, in my opinion. Not just Barack Obama.  When Hillary Clinton states, “I am listening,” when Hillary Clinton states this election is “about the people,” she makes it clear that this election is “about all of us.” And she does so with a full grasp of the issues at stake, the clearest platform on the issues and the experience to get the job done.

I said here yesterday that in this election, “change will come no matter who our nominee is.” I stand by that.

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One Response to Obama’s Big Day with the Kennedys

  1. bjerryberg says:

    How the mighty have fallen.

    So Ted Kennedy has joined his nephew-in-law, the second generation Austrian fascist Gov. Arnie in promoting post-partisanship in the immediate aftermath of Arnie’s recent LA love-fest with Mike Bloomberg. Something tells me Kennedy family financial advisors like Felix Rohatyn (NYC Big MAC, Chile’s Pinochet coup) had something to do with this endorsement.

    If Sen. Barry Obama manages to become the presumptive nominee by aiding the still very active ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ in torpedoing the Clinton factor this year–you can be sure that his better-connected backers in the hedge fund set will promptly torpedo him in favor of their preferred candidate, Mike Bloomberg.

    Mussolini Mike would be slated to head a ‘post-partisan government of national unity,’ after the wrecking of both parties. His current rhetoric is indistinguishable from Obama’s in its touchy-feely vagueness. ‘National unity and bipartisanship’ to do what???? Bloomberg’s record in NYC demonstrates that he has no problem imposing sacrifice and brutal austerity on the poor and middle class. ( At last report Barry Obama, strangely, declined to support even so much as a moratorium on home foreclosures using a ‘magic of the marketplace’ line of argument.)

    Ironically, Barry Obama, at the recent debate, set himself up for this intended implosion by making a rather large fib about the nature of his relationship to Tony Rezko. (Only did 5 hours of work for him?!?) Naturally, the Establishment media did not call him on it.

    They will do that later.

    For now they are content to promote poor Barry Obama as a disposable battering ram against Hillary, hoping to make absolutely certain there are no remotely independent voices in the 2008 race and no potential FDRs to confront the economic collapse on behalf of the ‘invisible, forgotten Americans.’