Now that Patches Kennedy is off to the tank to dry up, the media navel gazing is beginning. Howard Kurtz this morning was wondering aloud why the media ignored Kennedy’s seemingly endless run-ins and personal problems during his time as both a state legislator and Congressman. Of course, it was because he was a Kennedy. And more important, he was a liberal Democrat. Non MSM entities covered Kennedy, and we didn’t need to lower ourselves to the rumor mongering that constantly swirled around Kennedy on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.
Kennedy wasn’t just a mediocre Congressman, he was an incompetant, a boob, a Congressman in name only. The only job of significance he undertook was serving as his caucus’s chief fundraiser during the early '00s, and he was so bad at it, that then-House Democrat leader Dick Gephardt couldn’t remove him because it would only highlight how poorly Democrats were doing under Kennedy’s activities.
For several years now, rumors have swirled around Kennedy’s offices that he might seek higher office, perhaps joining his father in the Senate. This latest admission by Kennedy should dim those chances for the time being. But rest assured, Kennedy will be coming back to politics, and no doubt he will come back not hopped up on dope or booze, but full of himself: self-congratulatory and unctuously preachy. That he used his “press conference” to announce his rehab stint, remind people that he was bi-polar and criticize the Bush Administration for health care budgeting shows that that he has no intention of leaving the only job he appears qualified for: being a Kennedy.