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Kennedy death puts family dynasty in doubt
Reuters ^ | 8-26-09 | Jason Szep

Posted on 08/26/2009 1:30:15 AM PDT by kingattax

BOSTON (Reuters) – Senator Edward Kennedy's death marks the twilight of one of America's most fabled political families, with no heirs to the Kennedy name poised to emerge with the same mix of gravitas, ambition and celebrity.

Kennedy, 77, one of the most effective lawmakers in U.S. history and the brother of assassinated President John F. Kennedy, died late on Tuesday after battling brain cancer.

He died just weeks after his sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics and was a leading advocate for the mentally disabled.

"There seems to be no one there to pick up the torch," said Thomas Whalen, a professor of politics at Boston University.

"There doesn't seem to be someone in the next generation to carry the load here. Ted Kennedy might be it, he might be the end of the line," said Whalen, author of "Kennedy versus Lodge: The 1952 Massachusetts Senate Race" about his brother John's first race for the Senate.

Kennedy's cancer diagnosis and then his death have stirred speculation over who might succeed the third-longest serving U.S. senator, and whether a new generation could emerge from under his shadow.

Many younger Kennedys are active in civic life but none on the scale of Ted Kennedy, last of four Kennedy brothers, including John, elected president in 1960 and assassinated in 1963; and Robert, a New York senator whose presidential bid ended with his assassination in 1968.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: kennedyfamily; massatwoshits; swimmerbuysit; tedkennedy
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1 posted on 08/26/2009 1:30:15 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

“There seems to be no one there to pick up the torch,”

Or take out the garbage. Good! It was all a myth anyway - And a damaging one at that.


2 posted on 08/26/2009 1:32:58 AM PDT by TCats
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To: TCats

no to dynasty in US


3 posted on 08/26/2009 1:34:26 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: kingattax
Senator Edward Kennedy's death marks the twilight of one of America's most fabled political families, with no heirs to the Kennedy name poised to emerge with the same mix of gravitas, ambition and celebrity.

John-John was up there, but unfortunately his life was cut short by a plane crash. He had the gravitas, the ambition and the celebrity qualities. I don't think he would have wanted to spend a lifetime in politics anyway, and most people wouldn't blame him.

4 posted on 08/26/2009 1:34:45 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("The Community Organizer better stop bitching that the community is organizing." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: kingattax

He was a wealthy “Champion of the Poor” who wouldn’t give the poor sweat off his back. Its the sweat on your back he wanted to give them.

Thats sainthood for lefties.


5 posted on 08/26/2009 1:36:39 AM PDT by GeronL (Ted is dead, sir- begins train ride to hell .. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: kingattax

Boo-hoo! Someone fax me a crying towel! No one to pick up the torch and cram free-spending socialism, unilateral disarmament, illegal alien amnesty, elitism and corruption down our throats for another generation? What are we to do? BTW, if JFK, RFK, Hubert Humphrey and that whole school of Democrats were alive today, they’d be Republicans!


6 posted on 08/26/2009 1:37:39 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $1 million for Sarah Palin if she runs; What will you do?)
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To: kingattax

RIP

Ya old reprobate.


7 posted on 08/26/2009 1:37:40 AM PDT by mapmaker77
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To: kingattax

So be it. America doesn’t need dynasties, be it Kennedy, Clinton, Bush or whatever.


8 posted on 08/26/2009 1:37:45 AM PDT by Shadow44
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To: kingattax

What about Patrick?

He has the driving record, the substance abuse, and the “do you know who I am” attitude that make him a natural successor.


9 posted on 08/26/2009 1:38:28 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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To: kingattax
Ted Kennedy might be it, he might be the end of the line,”

Thank God. - he made the Kennedy name a joke outside of the people's republic of Massachusetts

10 posted on 08/26/2009 1:38:53 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: kingattax
Senator Edward Kennedy's death marks the twilight of one of America's most fabled political families, with no heirs to the Kennedy name poised to emerge with the same mix of gravitas, MURDEROUS ambition, celebrity, LACK OF MORALS, AND EVIL INTENT.

There, I fixed it.
11 posted on 08/26/2009 1:39:17 AM PDT by brent13a (You're a Great American! NO you're a Great American! NO NO NO YOU'RE a Great American! Nooo.....WTF?)
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To: kingattax

What happened to Mary Jo’s family dynasty......

Oh...that’s right......it was cut short by a drunken liberal scumbag.....


12 posted on 08/26/2009 1:40:31 AM PDT by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: kingattax

Any info yet on which parish in Boston will be prostituting itself to honor the mass murderer with a funeral?


13 posted on 08/26/2009 1:41:09 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: kingattax
De mortuis aut bene aut nihil.
14 posted on 08/26/2009 1:41:36 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

He would have gotten elected to high office on his name and celebrity appeal alone - I would respectfully disagree that he had the gravitas or ambition to make it so, but the media would have carried the water for him anyway.


15 posted on 08/26/2009 1:42:07 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: brent13a
Senator Edward Kennedy's death marks the twilight of one of America's most fabled political families, with no heirs to the Kennedy name poised to emerge with the same mix of gravitas, MURDEROUS ambition, celebrity, LACK OF MORALS, AND EVIL INTENT. De mortuis aut bene aut nihil.

There. I fixed it.

16 posted on 08/26/2009 1:43:52 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: kingattax
with no heirs to the Kennedy name

No legitimate ones, at least.

17 posted on 08/26/2009 1:45:11 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: kingattax

Maybe that drunken junkie, Patrick, will pick up the torch. The next time he crashes his car into a barricade in DC in the middle of the night he can say, “I’m on my way (hic) to a vote. And I’m (hic) torched.”


18 posted on 08/26/2009 1:45:36 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: kingattax
Dynasty?

Without old Joe's booty -- gained through theft and rum-running -- the entire bunch would be, at best, nothing more than shoe salesmen.

19 posted on 08/26/2009 1:47:19 AM PDT by Zakeet (I get wee-wee'd over ObamaCare)
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To: kingattax

One thing is for sure. the Kennedys will still have their $zillion$, and their “compounds” and their vacation villas, and their yachts, and none of them will ever have to work a real job or pay taxes for the rest of their stinking lives. John Jr. is the only one I respected. He at least went out and started a business.


20 posted on 08/26/2009 1:49:15 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: kingattax
"There seems to be no one there to pick up the torch," said Thomas Whalen, a professor of politics at Boston University.

Certainly there must be at least one philandering alcoholic murderer somewhere in Massachusetts.

21 posted on 08/26/2009 1:52:32 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Baldrick, to you the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?")
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To: kingattax
Ted Kennedy might be it, he might be the end of the line,"


22 posted on 08/26/2009 1:52:38 AM PDT by South40 (Islam has a long tradition of tolerance, ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
You can hold your tongue, if you wan too. Just because someone dies doesn't mean it wipes the slate clean. Old Ted did an extraordinary amount of damage to our country in his 45+ year tenure. I'm not going to forget that. Nor am I going to forget Mary Jo Kopechne.
De mortuis aut bene aut nihil. Oh sure, so going by that old proverb.....then Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were just really good people and shouldn't be remembered for the Red Commie Spies that they were.......or even better yet John Wayne Gayce was an OK guy, he just really liked little kids. He shouldn't be remembered for the 33 boys he raped and murdered.
23 posted on 08/26/2009 1:55:37 AM PDT by brent13a (You're a Great American! NO you're a Great American! NO NO NO YOU'RE a Great American! Nooo.....WTF?)
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To: kingattax

Yep, time to meet his maker.


24 posted on 08/26/2009 1:56:13 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Zakeet
When JFK was running....I was going to vote for the first time. My father sat me down and told me THE TRUTH about the Kennedy family.

Since I had just graduated from an all-girl Catholic High School, I sure did appreciate the new info.

25 posted on 08/26/2009 1:56:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: bill1952

Ted Kennedy might be it, he might be the end of the line,”

He was for Mary Jo Kopechne.


26 posted on 08/26/2009 1:56:52 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: kingattax

Arnold is still kicking


27 posted on 08/26/2009 1:59:55 AM PDT by byteback
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Now we’ll see how many illegitimates come forward and claim he was their father.


28 posted on 08/26/2009 2:03:37 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: kingattax

Considering it’s Massachusetts I wouldn’t be surprised if they pulled a “Weekend at Bernies” and old Teddy stays in the Senate for another 20 years with a permanant “Yea” vote on eveything liberal. I’m sure he’s well preserved.


29 posted on 08/26/2009 2:08:49 AM PDT by maddog55 (Socialism is communism with fewer re-education camps.)
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To: brent13a

> You can hold your tongue, if you wan too. Just because someone dies doesn’t mean it wipes the slate clean.

Surely not. But what good does it do you or anybody else to vituperate about him now? He’s dead: stone dead and he will never again be. And where he is now he cannot hurt anyone else ever again. And even at this very moment he is accounting for each and every one of his deeds, whether they be good or ill. God doesn’t care what CNN thinks or even what we think. Ted will surely get his “reward”, and I wouldn’t want to trade places with him right now...

> Old Ted did an extraordinary amount of damage to our country in his 45+ year tenure. I’m not going to forget that. Nor am I going to forget Mary Jo Kopechne.

What good does it do you or your country to preserve Ted’s misdeeds? He’s dead: there are no lessons that you need to remember from him that you wouldn’t know already (eg don’t drink to excess, don’t womanize, don’t drink-and-drive, don’t commit manslaughter, don’t bear false witness, don’t betray your country etc etc etc.) You knew all of these all along. Beyond that is just wasted effort and wasted energy.

> Oh sure, so going by that old proverb.....then Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were just really good people

They’re dead. You can’t make them more dead than they already are: they’re deader than Kelsey’s nuts. They were executed as traitors, so they already enjoy all the opprobrium that rightly belongs to all traitors. Why waste further energy on them?

> and shouldn’t be remembered for the Red Commie Spies that they were.......

They deserve to be forgotten. Which, when you think it thru carefully, is about the worst thing that can happen to anybody.

> or even better yet John Wayne Gayce was an OK guy, he just really liked little kids. He shouldn’t be remembered for the 33 boys he raped and murdered.

Again, he’s dead, and executed for murdering kids. He too deserves to be forgotten. He’s currently occupying an interesting corner of Hell where he will remain forever. Nobody but Lucifer ever need remember him.


30 posted on 08/26/2009 2:10:04 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: kingattax

That’s good news.


31 posted on 08/26/2009 2:11:25 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Socialism is not a bad word. It is a bad concept.)
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To: kingattax

You don’t suppose Obama is on Martha’s Vineyard this week to pick up the Kennedy torch? To proclaim that he is the One True Heir to Camelot.


32 posted on 08/26/2009 2:17:08 AM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: kingattax

... and now all the Democrats will be saying, “Win one for the Swimmer”.


33 posted on 08/26/2009 2:19:28 AM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: AZLiberty

“Win one for the Swimmer”.....He’ll be swimming the River Styxe for a long time.


34 posted on 08/26/2009 2:39:16 AM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: kingattax

Cremate him and throw his shes into the Chappaquidick - introduce a Resolution and name his seat in the Senate, the Hubris Seat of Entitlement.


35 posted on 08/26/2009 2:40:28 AM PDT by MarkT
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To: kingattax
Obama says it's over:

An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.

36 posted on 08/26/2009 2:51:13 AM PDT by mylife (The roar of the masses could be farts)
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To: nevergore

INDEED.


37 posted on 08/26/2009 2:51:40 AM PDT by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 2 presnt: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: kingattax

The MSM will spend the next week or 2 trying to outdue each other in orgasmic worship and praise of Ted Kennedy. Prepare for an onslaught of silly, misunderstood Camelot references. Remember to keep the barf bag handy.


38 posted on 08/26/2009 2:53:31 AM PDT by kb2614 (Cheer up, for the worst is yet to come!)
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To: GeronL

So true.


39 posted on 08/26/2009 2:53:54 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: kingattax

Mary Joe Kopechne remains unavailable for comment.


40 posted on 08/26/2009 2:55:32 AM PDT by N2Gems
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To: kingattax

ABOUT TIME, SCUMBAG !!!!


41 posted on 08/26/2009 3:00:45 AM PDT by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: AZLiberty
You don't suppose Obama is on Martha's Vineyard this week to pick up the Kennedy torch?

Does seem kinda convenient. Kennedy backed him early, slim pickings, or just hated Hillary.

42 posted on 08/26/2009 3:01:12 AM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: mapmaker77

“Rest In Hell” I bet you will receive the last rites of the Church regardless of your support for abortion.A real low bred S.O.B. No regrets!


43 posted on 08/26/2009 3:03:17 AM PDT by Jan Hus
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To: kingattax

Unfortunately, we are going to hear the praises about him forever and ever.


44 posted on 08/26/2009 3:05:45 AM PDT by Gatn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: kingattax
There seems to be no one there to pick up the torch

Oh, come on! They should just choose the next heir apparent the way chose the last one: Get all the Kennedys together in one room and have a big drinking contest. Last man (or woman) standing is it.

45 posted on 08/26/2009 3:06:01 AM PDT by LibWhacker (America awake!)
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Unfortunately, we are going to hear the praises about him forever and ever.

st. ted

46 posted on 08/26/2009 3:07:24 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: kingattax
Well Teddy got HIS.
Now Mary Jo can rest in peace.
Lucifer claimed another Kennedy. . . .
Am I being insensitive? You bet I am. He did more harm to this country and it will NEVER be reported, just like his murder of Mary Jo.
47 posted on 08/26/2009 3:15:40 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Drop Kick me Jesus through the Goal Post of Life.. . . . .)
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To: Safetgiver

Maybe there’s a waitress in Georgetown that was sandwiched between Kennedy and Dodd that will magically produce an heir apparent to “Camelot”.

Of course she’d have to go on Maury and we’d have to hear “Chris Dodd.... you are NOT the father!” first.


48 posted on 08/26/2009 3:16:22 AM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: kingattax

I’m sure “Patches” is up to driving a girl off a bridge.


49 posted on 08/26/2009 3:18:34 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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50 posted on 08/26/2009 3:29:35 AM PDT by central_va ( http://www.15thvirginia.org/)
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