The Kennedy addiction

Joe-the-Three is the one for me
The clan is about to foist another Kennedy upon us

By Walter Brooks


His grandfather ran for President, his father was a US Congressman, is Joe III being groomed to replace Uncle Ted as our US Senator next year?

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into a voting booth and not see a Kennedy name on the ballot,  the Uncommonweath of Massachusetts is about to get hooked on that old Irish opiate once again.

There are cute little items appearing with regularity in the national and regional media about Joseph P. Kennedy III, the best-looking Kennedy since Jack and his son John-John.

Joe III's grandpa, Robert F. Kennedy, was the martyred candidate for President, and his dad is a former Massachusetts 8th District Congressman Joseph "Joe-4-Oil-from Hugo-Chavez" Kennedy.

After deciding not to seek a congressional seat last Spring, Joseph P. Kennedy III remains an Assistant Cape & Islands District Attorney working for Michael O'Keefe.

An eerie coincidence is that Joe III is in the same line of work late cousin John Jr. held before he founded George Magazine and later flew to his death off Martha's Vineyard. John-John was also an Assistant DA.

The "Kennedy seat"

Republicans coined the term "the Kennedy seat" to ridicule the potential for a Kennedy becoming the late Senator Ted Kennedy's successor, but that was last year. Today we are already hot into the November 2012 campaign when there will be an incumbent President heading the ticket, and Barack Obama's coattails can pull a lot of other pols along if the economy has improved by then.

I think it's a stretch that he runs for the US Senate on 2012. More likely he will move to Cambridge and run for Congress if Mike Capuano gives up his Rep's seat and runs for the Senate after Scott Brown.

Or Joe will move to what ever district has a vacancy; Barney Frank retires and Joe moves to Brookline, or Steve Lynch runs for the Senate and Joe moves to South Boston.

But my favorite Democrat savant thinks that Joe's real plan is to run for the Senate seat that John Kerry vacates in 2014 or 2020.

US Senator Joe Kennedy in 2020

Kerry's is the real Kennedy Senate seat. Big John was always keeping it warm for a Kennedy. But he just didn't know whether it would be Joe III instead of  Joe II. Local Democrats have expected either Massachusetts 8th District Congressmen Mike Capuano who replaced Joe III's father in 1998, or 9th District Congressman Stephen Lynch, to seek the Democratic nomination to oppose US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) next year.

"We have a new Kennedy. He hit that one right out of the ballpark. Another historic speech from another Kennedy."
     - Senate President Murray.

That was before two recent events.

First, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Joe III wowed the crowd at a Beacon Hill gathering as he excoriated the atmosphere of incivility in Washington criticizing the "moral gerrymandering that saps our spirit and degrades our collective will."

His eloquence (or political savvy) led Senator President Therese Murray to exclaim, "We have a new Kennedy. He hit that one right out of the ballpark. Another historic speech from another Kennedy."

And then this week Ted Kennedy's son, retiring Congressman Patrick Kennedy,  (D-RI) told CNN's John King that his cousin Joe had the "perfect profile" for politics.

And that he does.

"Joe has the 'perfect profile'
  for  politics."

          - Patrick Kennedy.

It's his last name and his relatives' fame.

I'm still giddy with anticipation

Lest you think I am against such a happenstance, I have to admit I'm positively giddy in anticipation of another, Cape Cod Kennedy in national office.

I hope he becomes our Senator, and quickly becomes our President, just like his grand grand uncle Jack, but even Jack managed to work his way up by serving three terms as a US Congressman first.

I've written uncivilly about "the Kennedy seat" myself, and even suggested Joe-the-Three should consider running for dogcatcher or something instead of going straight to the United State Senate.

There are, after all, only 100 Senators in the whole country, while there are countless dogcatcher opportunities to consider first.

Still, it would be really good for tourism down here, to say nothing of increasing attendance at the Kennedy Museum in Hyannis.

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