Patrick Kennedy on Notice
If it can happen in Massachusetts, why not here, right? For years we’ve wondered what it would take for Patrick Kennedy to actually be challenged. Yesterday we learned that not only does it look like Kennedy will be forced to run in a primary against Woonsocket Rep. John Brien, but that Republican John Loughlin is looking to hire the Brown team to take on Kennedy in the general election. People are rarin’ to go.
But the difference is that Kennedy has a heads up. Though “how” is a mystery to many of us, he has been an effective campaigner in his advantageously drawn Congressional district. He has perfected his “good little boy” act for the seniors and has the unflinching support of the urban core and he has time to get his ground game in order and all that. But then again, likening the electorate to a bunch of blood-thirsty Romans may not be helpful:
The son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy says a Republican victory in the race for his father’s Senate seat is a sign that the American public is out for “blood.”
As election returns came in Tuesday night, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) said it’s clear that voters wanted “a whipping boy” for all the lost jobs and foreclosed homes.
“It’s like in Roman times, they’d be trotted out to the coliseum and the lions would be brought out,” Kennedy told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday night. “I mean, they’re wanting blood and they’re not getting it so they want to protest, and, you know, you can’t blame them. But frankly, the fact is we inherited this mess and it’s becoming ours.”
Yes, those poor Democrats, martyred for the sins of the GOP. Right.
It will be interesting to see if Brien can gain traction amongst the traditional and union Democrats to counter Kennedy. If he does–if Brien actually wins in the primary–it will indeed signal a sea change if there will be no Kennedy in Washington for the first time since…..when?
I wonder if Betsy Dennigan wishes she hadn’t changed Congressional districts.