August 26, 2009

Who Will Carry On The Kennedy Torch?

Posted: 12:15 PM ET

By Don Aucoin via Boston Globe

Sooner or later, every political dynasty faces this question: Who are we now?

With the death of its patriarch, that moment has arrived for the Kennedy family. And so a clan that, no less than the Adamses, the Roosevelts, and the Bushes, has been defined by the public offices it held must set a future course without the compass and standard-bearer for its political tradition, Senator Edward M. Kennedy.96f/17/huch/4048/20

It would be premature to declare an end to that tradition – speculation is rampant that the senator’s nephew, former US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy 2d, or widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, would run for his seat – but some observers predict a quiet transformation in the family’s identity now that its charismatic leader is gone.

“I have a feeling that many of them are going to opt for making contributions in fields other than politics,’’ said Philip W. Johnston, chairman of the board of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights and former head of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. “They believe that there are many ways to make a contribution, and one doesn’t need to be in elective office to make a difference in the world.’’

To a large extent, that path is already being trodden by many of Kennedy’s two-dozen-plus nieces and nephews, who – with their uncle’s encouragement – have fanned out across the nonprofit, charitable, or private sectors.


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Andrew Okai   August 26th, 2009 12:26 pm ET

Senetor Kennedy would be missed my many including Liberians who have been in this country for over 20 years under temporary protection.
Senetor Kennedy was a strong advocate for Liberians to have their status adjusted from that of Temporary protection to greencard.
Now that he is gone I wonder what would happen come March of 2010 when all those Liberians would become illegal Aliens.

I hope that the law makers in memory of Senetor Ted Kennedy revisit this bill and do something to prevent the breeding of more illegal aliens.

carol kesling   August 26th, 2009 12:31 pm ET

the kennedys were a strong force and their legacy will live on!!!!! i was 12 years old when pres. kennedy was killed.. it was trully a tradgety a promising life cut short !!! my thoughts & prayers are now and allways with the family....

andrew   August 26th, 2009 12:41 pm ET

we felt so safe when Pres John Kennedy was did not last long..

Sue_B2   August 26th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

The Kennedy have been a force in this country since a little before my 40+ years and I have followed them through their triumphs and stayed vigil through their tragedies and say what you want about them, good or bad, the family did a lot for our nation, that I am greatful for – God bless Senator Kennedy, my prayers got out to the Kennedy's in this, once again, dark moment in their lives.

louie   August 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

no comments from the Bush family ?...

HAUNANI MICHELE RILEY   August 26th, 2009 10:49 pm ET


Tom Currier   August 27th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

I often did not agree with Senator Kennedy, but I respected him for his conviction. I was a young boy when his brother, John was assassinated. The sounds of the horse drawn carriage, the sound of the horses’ footsteps have always remained with me. The world would have been a better place if Bobby had been our President. Joseph was a character! A real American story of triumph and tragedy. It was apparent that Ted overcame his demons of addiction. RIP Senator from Chicago.

Connie Persson   August 29th, 2009 8:03 am ET

To All of the Kennedy family,

My prayers are wioth all of you. I know all of you will stick together to love and help each other out.

I think Carolina or Joseph P would be a great senate and leader to help the country.

Thank you

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