Op-Ed: Tune in Tomorrow For Another Episode Of…”All My (Kennedy) Children”

Barack Obama and caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy campaigns with Sen. Barack Obama, April 21, 2008.

2008 “ALL MY (KENNEDY) CHILDREN” YEAR IN REVIEW

Well, it sure has been an action-packed year for the Kennedys. 2008 brought us the election of Barack Obama, a man many Kennedy family members believe will be a President like John F. Kennedy.

In the early primary season, the Kennedys split down the middle between Obama and Hillary Clinton. Watching the squabble over endorsements certainly kept the pundits busy during the winter months. The media’s constant comparisons of Obama to JFK resulted in increased awareness of the Kennedys and an encouraging resurgence of interest amongst members of a generation too young to have any firsthand memories of him.

But in May, the golden glow of “a return to Camelot” was dimmed by the tragic news that Sen. Edward Kennedy had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The Mighty Teddy was suddenly rendered vulnerable before our eyes; his illness a poignant reminder that the last surviving Kennedy brother can’t stay with us indefinitely.

This year also marked two other sad anniversaries for the family: 45 years since the assassination of President Kennedy, and 40 years since Senator Robert Kennedy’s murder.

But we’d like to focus your attention on another important event which passed without much fanfare this year.

On the last day of 2008, it is interesting to “flashback” now and read this article (dated June 4) again. What a critical turning point moment it turned out to be in such a historic election year, although we didn’t fully grasp it’s future importance at the time.

Let’s rewind and take a closer look with some hindsight, shall we?

The news of Caroline heading up Obama’s VP search team came on June 4th, the 40th anniversary of former NY senator Robert Kennedy’s assassination. (Curious timing, that.)

As fate (or the voters) would have it, the current occupant of that same senate seat – Hillary Clinton – announced her campaign was over on June 4th. (Although in truth, her campaign really ended two weeks earlier, thanks to a tasteless and ill-timed remark she made about the RFK assassination which RFK Jr. defended, incidentally.)

Clinton’s “I’m out of the race” announcement finally came, curiously enough, in perfect synchronicity with Obama’s Veep committee announcement.  Within a matter of hours, in fact. Smell test, anyone?

At the time, of course, everyone whispered “back room deal!” Clinton loyalists scrambled to explain why their candidate, who had famously vowed to stay in the race until the bitter end, ultimately decided otherwise: “Hillary is only giving up her campaign because she’s angling for …the Vice Presidency!”

Well, that didn’t happen, but  the series of events to follow unfolded in a most unexpected and even puzzling way:

The persistent political rumor this year was that RFK Jr. endorsed Hillary because he wanted to reclaim his father’s senate seat.  As many of our readers will recall from past coverage, that endorsement didn’t go over so well with the party’s liberal base. To say the very least.

Meanwhile, Caroline, Teddy, et al…suddenly jumped off the Clintons Good Ship Lollypop and got on board Obama’s Soul Train, Bound For Glory.

By November, another sudden turn…now Obama is the President-elect, Hillary is offered SoS, and Bobby Jr. ….WHAT?…takes his name out of the running for that senate seat he’s always wanted? Days later, RFK issues the stunning statement that he will not accept that rumored cabinet appointment at EPA, either. Really?

The mind boggles.

Then, the plot twist to end all plot twists; out of nowhere comes cousin Caroline, who never expressed the slightest desire in holding elected office…and now she wants Hillary’s senate seat?

Kennedy with Sen. Clinton on the campaign trail in New Hampshire earlier this year

In Happier Days: RFK Jr. with Hillary on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, January, 2008

SOAPDISH

So what’s the real deal, you may ask? What kind of political backslappin’ and palm-greasin’ is REALLY going on behind the scenes? And who writes this stuff? It’s a soap opera, I tell ya: “All My (Kennedy) Children”!

I actually heard a pretty logical theory today from a friend of mine, and I’m not so inclined to disagree with his take on things. Tends to explain a hell of a lot, really. Here’s the logic tree he followed, and his inevitable conclusion:

– Hillary offered to “help” RFK Jr. get  the NY senate seat in return for *his* endorsement if she won.
– Obama offered to “help” Caroline get the same senate seat in return for *her* endorsement, if he won.
– Once it became clear that Hillary had lost the nomination, she made a deal with Obama to just go quietly…in return for consideration as VP or a very high level cabinet position…and for “help” paying off her campaign debts. (Who’s your Sugar Daddy, baby?)
– Once it became clear that Obama had the nomination cinched in early June, he brought Caroline onto his VP search committee to “help” prepare her for bigger things ahead, and….

Six months later – ba-da-bing! – whaddyaknow, Hillary’s leaving the senate for the promised cabinet post, RFK Jr. (who backed the wrong horse in this race) is out in the proverbial cold, and Caroline is a shoo-in for the promised Senate seat.

Whew, ya got all that?

Okay, now just don’t say anything to Blago about this wild conspiracy theory. He might just get some crazy idea in his head about how to sell (cough!)…ahem, excuse me, I mean FILL Obama’s vacant senate seat…;)

What 2009 has in store for the Kennedys, for the Obamas, indeed for us all, is anybody’s guess. But the new season of “All My (Kennedy) Children” starts this week, and it’s not to be missed. (Cue cheesy organ music here…)

PROMO SCRIPT FOR “ALL MY (KENNEDY) CHILDREN” – Week of January 5, 2009

V/O: OVERBEARING ANNOUNCER

Will Caroline easily get the NY Senate appointment?

Or will she be matched against her former in-law Andrew Cuomo (the plot thickens!) Who would Kerry Kennedy be campaigning for?

Will Hillary Clinton pass the test for Secretary of State in her Senate confirmation hearings?

And what of Bobby Jr.? If he’s not serving in President Obama’s cabinet or filling a vacant senate seat, what will he do next?”

Tune in tomorrow for another episode of “All My (Kennedy) Children”…

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5 responses to “Op-Ed: Tune in Tomorrow For Another Episode Of…”All My (Kennedy) Children”

  1. It was great to see “The President Elect’s” Billary… usher in the new year by pushing the “Big Button” in Times Square last night… Somehow RFK,Jr. was missing out on that event too.. I don’t feel the love and I’m surprised that that big ass button didn’t start the song.. ‘Don’t.. Stop.. Thinkin’ about tomorrow.. don’t.. Stop.. It’ll still be here’… (Oh boy)..

    Yeah.. About all the drama NF.. It’s getting played out. yada yada yada for real and star power star power… STAR POWER ON! Let’s hope the magic ring that hopefully one of these “Uber–Heroes” has, can work some serious miracles… Cause we’re in for a real bumpy re-entry for real now.. I pray we don’t burn up in the atmosphere…

    BTW, did “THEY” arrest Karl Rove yet?!!! or give him a cabinet position? I’m so shell shocked after 8 years of ‘Shock and Aweful’ that I’m numb to anything actually… and yeah “Dick” (Cheney), the “Quagmire” approach to FU-BARRING us into the exosphere really did work well for yah.. We can almost see Russia from OUR house now too, ‘Putin’s head’ is flyin’ all over the place! (wow.. Thanks to God, that we aren’t facing a reality show with THAT kind of mental midgetry for real!)

    Hmmmm Let’s not take our eye off the ball for one minute now… These folks, The Clinton’s, Obama’s, Kennedy’s all have star power.. Short of a ” a good run” in “The Clinton years” in terms of economy and less high crimes and drama (that we know about), the two Clinton’s appear to be at least in touch with human beings that work sleep and eat for a living, unlike the crowd packing up and walking away, after stealing everything that wasn’t nailed down from our country, including our good name right… Psst, someone please stamp out the Constitution! It’s burning….

    Now that all the hoop-la is over, I wish this Star-Power team all the best in the ramp up to hit the front lines of what looks like stopping a run-away train, head on… One more hang over left then.. Innauguration and then it’s “ARREST ROVE TIME RIGHT!”

    HO YEAH!

    Where’s Osama? Who’s your Daddy!

  2. Simon Kristiansen

    I think the situation is more simple. Ted Kennedy is a sick man, and he wants to make shure that the influence of the Kennedy-family doesn’t decrease when he is no longer with us. If the one who will carry on the torch is Bobby jr. or Caroline is not important to him. Caroline didn’t show interest in the seat before Bobby jr. declined to seek the appointment and endorsed Caroline instead.

    So to me it looks like an internal family discussion. Teddy has told his nieces and nephews that one of them has to step in to replace him. The open seat is in NY, so that limits the possibilities to those who are resident in the state of New York. The most obvious choice is Bobby jr., but he is afraid that the old drugcase will be held against him, even though it was 25 years ago. So he tells his cousin Caroline, who has a clean record, that he thinks she will have a better chance of getting the seat.

  3. Good point, Simon. I think that most of the maneuvers we’ve been seeing are the result of Teddy working quietly from behind-the-scenes. Despite his illness, his spirit and his influence have not diminished.

    Cancer or no cancer, Teddy is determined, I’m sure, to have a say in what will become of the family legacy before he leaves this earth. If he favors Caroline over RFK Jr. for that senate seat, I can see that, because Caroline went with Teddy in endorsing Obama, while Bobby Jr. remained loyal to Hillary in the primaries. RFK Jr. did later back Obama 100%, but by then it was too late -the damage had already been done.

    Teddy wants his wife Vicki to have his senate seat someday. I’ve also heard tell that Ethel Kennedy would really like to see her son Joe in that seat. (You may recall that Joe served MA once before as a U.S. Congressman.)

    Jack – And to think, the worst we had to worry about with the Clintons leaving the White House was that they pilfered some expensive silverware!

    The Bushes trucked with everything that wasn’t nailed down and will probably burn down the White House on the way out as part of “Operation Scorched Earth!”

    Seriously, who’s going to slap the handcuffs on Bush, Cheney, Rove & Co. on Jan. 20th the moment they are out of power? “Officer, I think you’ve got more than probable cause…PLEASE arrest these men!!!”

  4. LOL Tiger… Operation Scorched Earth!

  5. LOVE your new avatar, Jack!

    Pass the handcuffs!

    Right this way, Mr. Rove…we’ve got a special place reserved for you…at Gitmo!

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