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Ted Kennedy’s Heavy Embrace

Maybe it’s my California vantage point, but I’m hardly convinced that this Ted Kennedy endorsement represents electoral gold for Obama.

Three thoughts:

  • Ted Kennedy embodies many things; “change” ain’t one of ’em.
  • Obama’s arms-length distance from “Massachusetts liberalism” was one of his strongest selling points.
  • The injection of an epic dynastic clash — the Kennedys v. the Clintons — does nothing to reinforce Obama’s message of a new, transcendent politics.

It’s one thing for Caroline Kennedy declare she sees her mythical father in Obama. It’s quite another for Teddy to yoke his heavy, ideological caboose to the Obama train.

I’m not so sure that Obama wouldn’t have been better served by Teddy’s neutrality — rather than the mixed blessing of being anointed the old guard’s favorite insurgent.

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