KENNEDY: I’M FOR HILLARY
On his weekly Air America radio show this week, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told listeners that Hillary Clinton is the candidate he is currently supporting for president.
While this news may come as a shock to many of his progressive supporters who strongly disagree with Hillary’s policies, it is important to bear in mind that the Kennedys and the Clintons have always been political allies. Kennedy endorsed Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and also gave his endorsement to Hillary in her 2000 run for the United States Senate.
Naturally, RFK Jr. would support whomever the Democratic nominee will be in 2008, and at this point, all bets are on Hillary Clinton.
There is also that little rumor about RFK Jr. having an eye on his father’s former Senate seat, currently occupied by Mrs. Clinton. Should she go on to win the presidency, New York governor Elliot Spitzer would by law have to appoint her temporary replacement in 2009.
In recent weeks, the media feeding frenzy of speculation as to who might get the job has been intense. Already the New York Times, the Daily News, the London Times, and other publications have mentioned Bobby Kennedy’s name as a possible contender for Hillary’s Senate seat, in addition to this blog’s report of September 23.
No doubt about it, RFK Jr. would be a perfect choice. His father was senator for New York from 1964 until he was shot after winning the California primary in 1968; his uncle Jack was a senator before becoming president, and his uncle Ted remains a senator for Massachusetts. RFK Jr. wants to run for office, he said, because the Bush administration had made America “the most hated nation on earth”.
But by no means should he be considered a shoe-in for the Senate seat. The competition for this coveted prize is likely to be fierce; names like Mario Cuomo and even former president Bill Clinton have been floated as potential replacements. And there is also reportedly a great deal of pressure on Governor Spitzer to appoint a minority, so expect to see many more black, Hispanic, and female hopefuls vying for consideration this time around.
How should Bobby’s supporters in the draft movement analyze these latest developments? Does his support for Clinton mean that he will not consider running for president in 2008? (Perhaps, but while he hasn’t said yes, he hasn’t said no, either.) Has he instead set his sights on the Senate seat once held by his father? Hard to say for certain what the future holds for RFK Jr. For these are only rumors, and it would be irresponsible to speculate.
Instead, we shall await the definitive word from Mr. Kennedy himself as to what his plans for 2008 will be. In the meantime, it’s not too late to SIGN THE PETITION and let him know your thoughts. Sign it today and tell him why you want him to run for the White House!
You can check out this week’s Ring of Fire radio broadcast in its entirety here. Or, you may download the mp3 of the show segment directly here. (Bobby’s comments regarding his support of Hillary Clinton can be found in the first hour, about 15 minutes into the broadcast.)
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