Opinion: Vanity Fair Overlooked Kennedy Family’s Brightest Star

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:


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! 
Thank you,



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6 responses to “Opinion: Vanity Fair Overlooked Kennedy Family’s Brightest Star

  1. Michael A. Keough

    I had the privilege of attending one of Mr. Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s Speeches in person a couple of years ago at the NJAR Convention at the Convention Center in Atlantic, City, New Jersey. Mr. Kennedy spoke for the most part of two hours to a packed and very appreciative and respectful room as the “Key Note Speaker”. In my opinion he was the highlight of the entire NJAR convention that year. Many of the attendees including myself travelled to Atlantic City from various long distances specifically to have the honor to hear Robert Kennedy, Jr. speak in person. Even though he struggles with a voice problem I felt that he was very intelligent and very straight-forward in his words. I gladly purchased his book “Crimes Against Nature” after his speech and Mr. Kennedy very patiently waited around afterwards and graciously signed his book for hundreds of people who formed a very long line.

  2. Hello.This article was extremely motivating, particularly because I was searching for thoughts on this topic last couple of days.

  3. Robert Kennedy Jr. has a message that America needs to hear now. He is making a profound contribution.

    Our evolutionary natural path has been stolen from us. We have laws, as Robert Kennedy Jr. said March 3, 2012 at the Forging Our Sustainable Future Conference, that go with the territory of being human–our human rights to clean air, soil, sun, and water. These belong to all of us and they have been taken from us. Robert Kennedy Jr., in his book, Riverkeepers, says that it is for us to reclaim our environment as a human right. Amen.

    We need a good lawyer. He need a man who is of Royal bloodlines. Robert Kennedy Jr., with minor speech impediment and all, is our man.

    I wrote about on the Plant Your Dream Blog

    Leslie Goldman, Your Enchanted Gardener

  4. Pingback: Meeting with Robert Kennedy Jr & Leslie Goldman Your Enchanted Gardener a Life Shifter | Plant Your Dream

  5. Kim

    Robert Kennedy unfortunately can never be elected. He is a recovering Heroine addict, and has a bad boy troubled past. sounds like he drove his poor wife over the edge with his taking the children away from her.

  6. Nancy kelley

    Even if the tragedy with his wife Mary had never happened, even if he had no speech impediment, even if he wasnt an arrogant, pompous blowhard who spent his entire life cashing in on the family name —he was never Presidential material to begin with! Are you out of your mind?

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