Give me someone who is not surprised that Senator Edward M. Kennedy of
Well, maybe not quite a million.
Seeing as how I’m a presently not in the financial situation to freely award all those who fall into the aforementioned category with the promised lump sum, I am able to provide in its place something even more valuable- an analysis of why Ted Kennedy’s decision to back Senator Obama was not as obvious as some might have thought.
Flash back to November of 1994 when Edward Kennedy was running for his 6th term as Massachusetts State Senator. Upon serving 5 successful term, one would think that Ted’s experience in conjunction with the Kennedy name would been more than enough to resecure his spot in the Senate, however this particular election failed to be anything but a cakewalk. Who was the opponent responsible for muddying Kennedy’s road to Congress? None other than Mitt Romney, a name not unfamiliar to many, as he has emerged as one of the top Republican contenders in the current presidential race.
Obama and Clinton are eerily reminiscent of Romney and Kennedy in 1994. Back then Romney, much like Obama, had limited experience in the field of politics, as he had been a successful capitalist and entrepreneur, but had never held political office. On the other hand Kennedy, much like
It was during this pivotal race, as Romney stood neck in neck with Kennedy in the polls, that the weight of a name, the weight of the Kennedy name, was called into question. As a new generation of voters flowed in, the old generation of voters who had a memory of Kennedy’s brothers ebbed out, thus opening the window of opportunity for Romney to slide in and connect with voters wide open.
Not nearly as much time has passed since the last
Although Kennedy was able to prevail in the 1994 Massachusetts Senate Elections, it is unclear as to whether or not his present day contemporary will be able to do so as well. It remains unclear as to what the exact rationale behind Kennedy’s decision to endorse Obama over