What’s with this entitlement mentality concerning family dynasties in American politics? We had the Bush’s, then the Clinton’s, then the Bush’s, then almost again the Clinton’s and now with the Presidential campaigns and elections around the corner we are hearing rumors of a possible run by Jeb Bush and once again, Hillary Clinton. It’s as if these people feel that they were bred for one intent and purpose, to rule this country. And, of course, who could forget the Kennedy’s? Now we are hearing chants from a few on the left for Ted Kennedy’s wife, Victoria Kennedy, to run for “Ted Kennedy’s old seat,” currently being held and occupied by Senator Scott Brown.
Politics has become the new family business, just as it was in the days of nobility with Kings and Lords handing down their titles and land to their sons. Are there really no other Democrats in Washington capable of running a successful campaign, representing their party. Was 47 years of Ted Kennedy simply not enough for this country? Why must we continue to recycle the same old narcissistic family names?
Prominent Democrats in Washington and Massachusetts are promoting Edward M. Kennedy’s widow as the best shot for winning back his Senate seat. She passed up the chance to run for the seat last year. Now, nearly a year after her husband’s death, Victoria Reggie Kennedy has been, in many ways, already acting the part of a candidate by campaigning for other politicians and appearing at events nationwide, despite her playing down the idea of her challenging Sen. Scott Brown (R) for the seat in 2012. She passed up the chance to run for the seat last year.
Some party leaders have been quietly promoting her candidacy, including Sen. Charles E. Schumer(D-N.Y.), according to some sources.
Up until now, Vicki Kennedy has been coy, stating that she isn’t particularly interested. But, political influence runs deep, so it won’t be a surprise if we hear an announcement in the near future that she is throwing her hat into the ring on behalf of her late husband in an attempt to carry on the Kennedy fiefdom. I can already see the television ads, pulling at the heartstrings of Massachusetts in an attempt to bring out the sympathy vote while doing all they can to avoid answering the qualification questions. Sure, we keep hearing that she was born into a powerful political family as well and that she’s a smart woman… but is that, combined with the Kennedy name, enough to qualify you to a Senate seat?
With the election of Scott Brown, I think Massachusetts is letting it be known that the Kennedy name doesn’t hold the same luster that it once did. In fact, I think that the election of Brown should have been quite sufficient in sending a very large message to the Kennedy family that they’ve had enough of the “magic”.
Nevertheless, I’m curious that if her last name were Smith, if she would still be such a “viable and qualified candidate?”