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Pondering a Congress without Kennedys
The Boston Globe ^ | February 13, 2010 | Michael Levenson

Posted on 02/13/2010 6:24:48 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh

Patrick Kennedy’s unexpected decision not to seek reelection to the US House prompted widespread reflection yesterday on how swiftly the political climate had changed, from the adulation for Edward M. Kennedy after his death to the voter fatigue that has helped end the family’s decades in power.

With Patrick Kennedy bowing out amid dismal poll numbers, some read the shift as a measure of the declining political cachet of the family name. Others say it goes deeper, reflecting the fading popularity of the activist federal government the Kennedy family has long championed.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
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“I think people felt there would always be a Kennedy in Congress someplace,’’

There's always janitorial services.

1 posted on 02/13/2010 6:24:48 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Perhaps some of the Kennedys are actually going to work for their salary.


2 posted on 02/13/2010 6:27:45 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Malone LaVeigh
Unfortunately not having Patches in Congress makes it harder to keep track of him.

Although I suppose you could just follow the trail of carnage he leaves with his car...

3 posted on 02/13/2010 6:28:27 AM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

The congressional IQ (as low as it is) went up a smidgeon after the death of the felon.

Of course, religious folks can always use the Kennedy family as proof that evolution does not always work.


4 posted on 02/13/2010 6:29:36 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Malone LaVeigh

We’ll quickly get over it. We got over “a congress without” a Lodge, a Saltonstall, etc. Hopefully soon we’ll have a “congress without” a Byrd and a Rockefeller.


5 posted on 02/13/2010 6:30:48 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Huskrrrr
Pondering a Congress without Kennedys

Pondering a crime scene without criminals.

6 posted on 02/13/2010 6:30:57 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

“Pondering a Congress without Kennedys”

Pondering a garbage can without stinking used diapers.


7 posted on 02/13/2010 6:31:20 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule. - H. L. Menken.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

In honor of the occassions lets PARTY.


8 posted on 02/13/2010 6:32:26 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Pondering a news cycle without Kennedys, and cycle after cyle with never a mention of Kennedys.

A better world for all.


9 posted on 02/13/2010 6:32:49 AM PST by Will88
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Maybe people are just wising up to the Kennedy’s unearned sense of entitlement. Patrick, a drug addled moron, is entitled to a House seat because he is a Kennedy. Caroline, an incomprehensible nitwit, should get a Senate seat because she is a Kennedy.

Yecchh! These Kennedys make me vomit!


10 posted on 02/13/2010 6:33:31 AM PST by Freds2nd
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To: Malone LaVeigh
The Kennedys are like herpes . . .
I'm sure we'll see another outbreak in the future . . .

11 posted on 02/13/2010 6:33:48 AM PST by blues_guitarist (ISLAM=DEATH!! . . . . . . black & humble . . .)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

It will be safer to drive around the Capitol at night.


12 posted on 02/13/2010 6:34:01 AM PST by AU72
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To: Huskrrrr
Perhaps some of the Kennedys are actually going to work for their salary.

Did someone say ... WORK?!!

13 posted on 02/13/2010 6:35:03 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Cwe then have a sign put on the capitol building that says:

“Entering a Kennedy-free Zone”


14 posted on 02/13/2010 6:37:55 AM PST by rod1
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To: rod1

Sorry typing too fast previously.

Can we then have a sign put on the capitol building that says:

“Entering a Kennedy-free Zone”


15 posted on 02/13/2010 6:38:42 AM PST by rod1
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To: Malone LaVeigh
Pondering a Congress without Kennedys


16 posted on 02/13/2010 6:39:43 AM PST by Zakeet (Obozo: Rapidly moving from to WTF to FUBAR to SNAFU)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
Kennedy-free at last, Kennedy-free at last. Thank God almighty that Congress will be Kennedy-free at last.
17 posted on 02/13/2010 6:40:16 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Special SOTU tagline: YOU LIE!)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

“Pondering a Congress without Kennedys...” suffocating liberty.

I feel more optimistic already. I hope they don’t let the door hit them in the backside, or maybe it should.


18 posted on 02/13/2010 6:41:42 AM PST by dajeeps
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To: Huskrrrr
they have more time to drink,maybe find a real job nah Obozo will make an appointment to some useless program for the ingrate to be the head of.
19 posted on 02/13/2010 6:44:28 AM PST by boomop1
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To: Malone LaVeigh


A Congress without any Kennedy's, is like a Jonestown without a JONES."



20 posted on 02/13/2010 6:45:54 AM PST by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
'Pondering a Congress without Kennedys'

Well, first off, the liquor bill will go down dramatically.

Secondly, the streets will be safer to drive on.

And lastly, all women in the DC area can breath a sigh of relief.

22 posted on 02/13/2010 6:48:54 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: Malone LaVeigh
When Patrick Kennedy clears out his Capitol Hill office after eight terms...

A daunting task, to be sure....

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23 posted on 02/13/2010 6:49:59 AM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Now there is someone I hadn’t thought of in years. Maynard G. Krebbs. Not sure about the spelling of last name.


24 posted on 02/13/2010 6:54:27 AM PST by animal172 (Can a girl with a mole on her face be happy married to a gopher?)
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To: Da Coyote

Don’t forget Murtha left office too. That should be good for a couple of IQ points.


25 posted on 02/13/2010 6:56:04 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
Ponder schmonder:


26 posted on 02/13/2010 7:00:28 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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To: Huskrrrr
"Perhaps some of the Kennedys are actually going to work for their salary."

Reminds me of the final scene in the movie "Authur".

27 posted on 02/13/2010 7:00:32 AM PST by magellan
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To: Da Coyote

Don’t forget Murtha left office too. That should be good for a couple of IQ points.


28 posted on 02/13/2010 7:02:15 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: sgtyork
Don’t forget Murtha left office too. That should be good for a couple of IQ points.

Not to mention the nation's obesity epidemic. Especially in the head area.

29 posted on 02/13/2010 7:04:09 AM PST by Albion Wilde (Liberals love the poor so much they came up w/ a plan to create millions more of them. - Ann Coulter)
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To: animal172
Careful, we're showing our age!
I always thought Maynard was Bob Denver's best character, better than Gilligan.
30 posted on 02/13/2010 7:05:06 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Malone LaVeigh
The fading fortunes of the Kennedy family seemed to reflect the changing political landscape that has imperiled President Obama’s agenda in Washington, Dallek said. “Symbolically,’’ he said, “it may speak to this shift away from an interest in federal activism in pursuit of social reforms.’’

No, Robert.

There never was an "interest in federal activism in pursuit of social reforms". This has pretty much been a conservative country from the post-Kennedy LBJ era forward.

This is why liberal "historians" such a Dallek, Schlesinger, Kearns etc make such lousy analysts.

They can't get their heads out of the ass of Camelot.

31 posted on 02/13/2010 7:10:55 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Malone LaVeigh

One thing our Founding Fathers feared was the establishment of an aristocracy. They wanted a citizen Congress not some hereditary peerage.


32 posted on 02/13/2010 7:11:45 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Malone LaVeigh
I have no problem with families having a tradition of political service...if the families in question are—and stay—up to the job. Anybody really want to argue that the Kennedys, especially the current generation, well, let’s be honest, especially Patrick, were up to it?
33 posted on 02/13/2010 7:15:15 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: cotton1706

Hopefully soon we’ll have a “congress without” a Byrd and a Rockefeller.

Oh Glorious Morning !!!


34 posted on 02/13/2010 7:17:01 AM PST by buck61
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To: FormerACLUmember

Pondering the MSM without a Kennedy to idolize.


35 posted on 02/13/2010 7:17:43 AM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: randog

When Patrick Kennedy clears out his Capitol Hill office after eight terms...

We have a winner !!!!!!! Thanks


36 posted on 02/13/2010 7:18:54 AM PST by buck61
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To: Malone LaVeigh

“Imagine they’re no Kennedy’s in Congress—it’s easy if you try . . .” Tortured meter but a delightful thought.


37 posted on 02/13/2010 7:26:50 AM PST by Charlemagne on the Fox
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Ding Dong the Dynasty is dead! (1957-2011)


38 posted on 02/13/2010 7:28:24 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: Huskrrrr
Perhaps some of the Kennedys are actually going to work for their salary.

Perhaps NOT. Patrick sees the opportunity to spend his inheritance now that Daddy has passed on. It takes a lot of time to spend as much money as the Kennedy's have squirreled away at the public's expense.

39 posted on 02/13/2010 7:28:54 AM PST by USMA '71 ((Re-elect no one!))
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To: Malone LaVeigh
Personally I'd like to change that to “visualize”. Just to
piss off some liberals.
40 posted on 02/13/2010 7:39:10 AM PST by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Look for Patches to move back to the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport and start running for the ‘Scott Brown Seat’ in 2012.


41 posted on 02/13/2010 7:45:50 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

A Congress without a Kennedy is like a big box of chocolates.


42 posted on 02/13/2010 7:49:50 AM PST by A Strict Constructionist (How long before we are forced to refresh the Tree of Liberty? Sic semper tryannis)
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To: A Strict Constructionist

The resignation of Patches Kennedy re-affirms the old adage: Addition by subtraction.


43 posted on 02/13/2010 7:55:23 AM PST by nj patriot (Gore is beyond help.... Snakes in the head.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Oh my goodness. They are so upset over the fact that a kennedy won’t be in the Senate...what the heck? Can’t they just go talk one of the 100 Kennedy’s and see if one would run and let the chips fall. I mean come on it is not like anyone died.


44 posted on 02/13/2010 7:55:30 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: cotton1706

Oh don’t forget we are doing great without a Dole or Bush.


45 posted on 02/13/2010 7:56:27 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Malone LaVeigh

FINALLY....thank you, Caroline for EXPOSING how STUPID the Kennedy’s REALLY ARE!!


46 posted on 02/13/2010 7:58:49 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

“Pondering a Congress without Kennedys”

Makes me all squishy inside!


47 posted on 02/13/2010 8:06:09 AM PST by Grunthor (McCain; for when you really need to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!)
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"Unfortunately not having Patches in Congress makes it harder to keep track of him."

I can see this a-hole moving to Mass. and running for the Senate next time around.

48 posted on 02/13/2010 8:17:52 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

No Kennedys in Congress. I feel like when Washington stepped down after two terms. What will come of the Republic?


49 posted on 02/13/2010 8:25:29 AM PST by easttennesseejohn
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To: Huskrrrr

What salary has ANY Kennedy worked for since the days when Papa Joe was a rumrunner bringing in Canadian whiskey in the 1920’s and importing political strategies from Italy and Germany in the 1930’s. Papa Joe was a BIG deal in the New Deal days.

Cant’ just sacrifice that, you know.


50 posted on 02/13/2010 8:27:47 AM PST by alloysteel (....the Kennedys can be regarded as dysfunctional. Even in death.)
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