EDITOR’S NOTE: The latest issue of Vanity Fair features an article called “Ted Kennedy’s Final Battle,” which is an excerpt from Ed Klein’s new book on the liberal lion. The article speculates heavily on which member of the Kennedy family will eventually pick up the torch of leadership – Patrick? Caroline? Joe? Kathleen? Christopher? – but seems to overlook the one believe to be the best qualified…Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
One of of our longtime bloggers wrote to voice her amazement at Klein/Vanity Fair’s out-of-hand dismissal of RFK Jr.’s capabilities, expressing the dismay many of Bobby’s supporters felt after reading the article. We’d like to share her Letter to the Editor with you below:
VANITY FAIR ARTICLE NEEDS CLARIFICATION
By Susanne Silverstein
Dear RFK Jr. News-Staffers:
It’s been a while since I’ve visited the web site but my heart still gets tugged when I read articles like this month’s Vanity Fair.
I feel the article is totally unfair to RFK Jr. in it’s perception that he is not one of the heirs most likely to be active in this or next generation. The article goes on to hype Joe Jr & Caroline as being the two new leaders of the Kennedy clan. They discuss how RFK Jr. has a speech impediment that makes running for office a serious challenge.
I beg to disagree! He has been out there speaking in public for years, never letting his spasmodic dysphonia stop him from getting the message across. He hosts a weekly radio show on Air America and does numerous television interviews. In my opinion, he’s a better speaker than all the other Kennedy kids put together!
I have also been aware that he has had to work with a speech impediment, but Bobby is nothing less than an electrifying speaker. It is a shame what his family is pulling. They are only hurting our country by their selfish short-sighted behavior. All of us face some dysfunction in our immediate families and I just chalk this nonsense up to petty jealousies.
I hope the members here can convince him that he is beloved by millions. That there are millions more longing to hear him speak; and that he will be able to sort out his family’s nonsense for what it is. Just a histronic reaction to the sad scenario of Ted Kennedy’s illness and probable prognosis.
Bobby Jr; has accomplished so much more in public life than most of his cousins, brothers and sisters put together! I once did admire Joe Kennedy’s prowess, but he seems to be truly happier working on his energy company. He has kept a low profile until now.
We need to get more letters over to Vanity Fair to set them straight about Bobby Jr’s real promise and qualifications as a real leader for the next generation of Americans!