Just weeks after he called Scott Brown's campaign a joke, the recently passed Ted Kennedy's son calls it quits. All I can say is that it's stunning. I mean the Kennedy' have been a family of politicians for 60 years!
I was alive when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I remember watching the whole thing on TV - well, there were no cartoons for a week! The babysitter sat crying, and Americans basically were in shock. It still has a haunting air about it - the conspiracy theories - and the fact that no one is particularly certain about what happened that day in Dealey Plaza.
In 4th grade both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were gunned down in cold blood in the Spring of 1968. For some silly reason we stood at the flag pole in front of school and said the Pledge of Allegiance in both English and Spanish.
At the time the Kennedy' were heroes in America. Who knows the entire truth behind either Kennedy killing - or Ted's car accident in Chappaquiddick in 1969 in which Mary Jo Kopechne drowned.
For me, my conservative heroes also fell. Richard Nixon left office in disgrace because of Watergate. Even my favorite president Ronald Reagan suffered the Iran Contra Scandal. How much better it might have been if his last days in office were marked only by the end of the Iron Curtain and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
In these past years something has changed about politics. They have become polarized in such a way that losses on one side are applauded by the other side. I just remember the comments n the Huffington Post when Bush II's press Secretary Tony Snow passed away from Colon Cancer. The more disgusting ones seem to have been removed.
Both sides have their character defects from Bill Clinton and John Edwards to Mark Sanford, Larry Craig, and Mark Foley.
A newscaster put all the current Democratic resignations on Obama - especially since VA and NJ went Republican along with Scott Brown's win in MA. If the jobs were here, it would be different I am sure. However; Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bill Ritter (Gov - CO) and Diane Watson, and Mary Anne Berry (D-AK) to name a few, are retiring Democrats.
Although I am no fan of Pro-Choice Catholics like Martha Coakley and John Kerry, nor the arrogant Patrick Kennedy. I would, however; very much like to see some quality folks take over and run. As an independent, I am looking for strong character, fiscally responsible, socially conservative and thoughtful candidates. I care about solutions that benefit the citizens, not the Beltway Power Brokers and their lobbyists.
And today I am sad that the family that once represented "America" ended in partisan defeat. It is far better to lose a race well run, then to not race at all.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 In a race all the runners take part in it, but only one of them wins the prize. Run, then, in such a way as to win the prize.