In my article on Ted Kennedy and the Alito nomination, I suggested that the senior senator from Massachusetts may not care enough mount to filibuster. Clearly I was wrong. But Kennedy’s complete meltdown tonight takes his madness to a whole new level. So what’s his method? A few theories:
-The nuts on the left needed a compelling performance, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-style. But a filibuster sufficiently pleased them. So the breakdown wasn’t necessary.
-He needs it for re-election this year. But this one doesn’t wash either: the highest percentage an opponent has ever garnered was 41 percent — Mitt Romney in 1994.
-Kennedy really believes this stuff. I doubt it. If he did, he would have been this exercised about it every day from late October until now. No, this is a last-minute break. So unless I’m missing something, that leaves one possibility:
-He’s lost it. Batty. Mad. Truly nuts. I’ve no other way to explain it. He became personally invested in the political (not principled) victory, and went way out on a limb for it. When defeat was apparent, he desperately denied it, thinking histrionics would work. And it only backfired. Seriously — the man said “our founding fathers failed the test.”
No matter why he went nuts, this will make great campaign footage — for his opponent and for Republicans nationwide. Best of luck to his handlers.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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