Kennedy on Hillary’s VP chances: No, we need real leadership

posted at 5:00 pm on May 9, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Think this extended primary hasn’t damaged the Democrats? Think again, friends, and give a well-deserved hat tip to Rush Limbaugh and Operation Chaos. When asked about the potential for the supposed “dream ticket” of Hillary as Barack Obama’s VP, Democratic Party icon Ted Kennedy said he’d rather have someone a little … nobler?

Obama should choose a running mate who “is in tune with his appeal for the nobler aspirations of the American people,” Kennedy said. “If we had real leadership — as we do with Barack Obama — in the No. 2 spot as well, it’d be enormously helpful.”

Tommy Christopher calls this a “D move”, and the D doesn’t stand for Democrat. It does point out the bitterness that has clung to the Democrats in stronger and stronger waves as this process has ground to its conclusion.  How do you think Hillary backers will like this rather airy dismissal of Hillary’s leadership potential, especially the feminists that have passionately supported her?

The dream ticket doesn’t make much sense anyway, but not for the reason Kennedy gives.  What kind of “real leadership” has Obama himself ever shown in politics before running for President?  That criterion escaped Kennedy’s attention when he endorsed the freshman Senator without any legislative track record at all.


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What a clown. Way to offend all those Democrats in your own state who voted for Hillary!

rockmom on May 9, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Will feminists NOW realize that Ted Kennedy has never been a friend to women…one at a time, or as a group?

funky chicken on May 9, 2008 at 5:08 PM

I think Kennedy wants someone he can control in the White House; so he needs an inexperienced president and inexperienced VP. That’d make him the natural go-to guy on every issue. Thus, he has a lot more power if the D wins.

lorien1973 on May 9, 2008 at 5:11 PM

D…for Dipstick?

I love the comments at Christopher’s place:

So they’ll say “I don’t want a dynasty in the White House”. Meaning Hillary Clinton. Well, for one thing Hillary is not related to any president. Her last name is actually Rodham. So it’s not really a case of inheriting anything. AND she did work hard, pay her dues and toiled as a democratic senator for EIGHT long years before running for office (unlike Obama).

Yet here is one of the BIGGEST dynasties in politics, the Kennedy family, Ted and Caroline anyway, who are propping up that charlatan Obama at every opportunity!

RushBaby on May 9, 2008 at 5:14 PM

I think Kennedy wants someone he can control in the White House; so he needs an inexperienced president and inexperienced VP. That’d make him the natural go-to guy on every issue. Thus, he has a lot more power if the D wins.

lorien1973 on May 9, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Ditto. Clinton would know how to repel his power grabs and influence over her. Obama is inexperienced and feels the urgency to fit in with the Democratic elites. Ted Kennedy knows that works to his advantage.

amerpundit on May 9, 2008 at 5:14 PM

How do you think Hillary backers will like this rather airy dismissal of Hillary’s leadership potential, especially the feminists that have passionately supported her?

This alone would make for a great set of ads for a Republican 527 on the estrogen networks, wouldn’t it?

lorien1973 on May 9, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Ted’s on the short list?

- The Cat

MirCat on May 9, 2008 at 5:16 PM

I think Teddy is trying to nominate himself. Gag a maggot.

bloggless on May 9, 2008 at 5:16 PM

MirCat on May 9, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Here your republican attack ad:

Democrats could have put a woman on the ballet. But instead they chose a guy who can only put women in the river.

lorien1973 on May 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

If Hillary would win the POTUS, it would be magical to watch her get even with everyone that threw her under the buss. I have no doubt she would be unbearable to the ones who abandoned her. It would almost be worth it to watch the Dems scramble like cockroaches.

trs on May 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

If we need real leadership, Fatboy, then we shouldn’t vote for Osama Obama, should we?

ToddonCapeCod on May 9, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Kennedy + Real leadership = non stop hilarity.

BallisticBob on May 9, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Ted’s on the short list?

- The Cat

MirCat on May 9, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Er, uh …. the squatty list.

Don’t get fooled again :)

fogw on May 9, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment

Wade on May 9, 2008 at 5:27 PM

This is Obama’s fourth full year in the Senate. It must have been painful for the, what is it now, seventh term Senator from Massachusetts to say this? As with Ayers, Obama was 8 when Chappaquiddick happened?

mymanpotsandpans on May 9, 2008 at 5:27 PM

lorien1973 on May 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

I can never get enough “Teddy the Lifeguard” jokes. There ought to be a website devoted to just that topic.

innominatus on May 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM

Admiral Kennedy has a reputation of sinking his female problems but certain groups either never learn or are just plain masochist.

Annar on May 9, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Well he can’t pick Teddy as it cancels out the prune juice agrument against McCain.

She’ll still take VP, Ed. Name the brewery. A pony case?

Limerick on May 9, 2008 at 5:32 PM

“Teddy the Lifeguard”

and his trusty water dog, Splash. (I know that’s old news but I’ve never really gotten over the sheer audacity of it.)

Quisp on May 9, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Maybe BHO will name Kennedy the Secretary of the Navy.

Wade on May 9, 2008 at 5:37 PM

What kind of “real leadership” has Obama himself ever shown in politics before running for President?

Zip. Zero. Nada.

This guy thinks he’s entitled to be President because he wants to be President. And tens of millions of dim-witted voters are willing to hand him the keys to the White House because he’s black and reads speeches well off a tele-prompter. Who cares about actual qualifications when he looks so good in his jeans, right Matthews?

It’s beyond pathetic.

AZCoyote on May 9, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Please….Fat Boy…spare us.

Er…uh….where are my pahnts?

RedMindBlueState on May 9, 2008 at 6:27 PM

Ted’s spokesperson “People say a lot of things when they’re inebriated. Give the senator a brake. It runs in the family. He can’t help it”.

Entelechy on May 9, 2008 at 6:27 PM

The above comments have a point–I guess Teddy wants to run the country with Obama as his sock puppet.

This also makes me wonder if Teddy’s nose was put severely out of joint when Hillary became a senator and was an immediate power player.

He’s bitter about never getting to be President. What a number of bitter rejected-as-President Dems there are: Carter, Gore, Kerry…

INC on May 9, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Teddy defines “leadership” based on what he has done. Since Barry hasn’t driven off a bridge and killed anyone yet, he’s obviously a born “leader”.

GarandFan on May 9, 2008 at 7:04 PM

We used to refer to Teddy as “D*** ‘em and dunk ‘em” Kennedy.

Buford Gooch on May 9, 2008 at 8:08 PM

I don’t know if Ted’s head is too big or maybe Obama’s is too small, but what I am sure that one of them is not human.

Ropera on May 9, 2008 at 8:40 PM

I never thought I would see Teddy The K exhibiting the symptoms of Clinton Fatigue.

pilamaye on May 9, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Real leadership?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN034sBeF4c Lyrical reference.

Who will get the lead, which Dem will succeed?

COBRA… COBRA!

He’s tougher than Hill, Barry’s got to chill!

COBRA… COBRA!

Watch him take the stand, now he’s in command!

COBRA… COBRA!

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, panic spreading far and wide, who can turn the tide?

GI JOE!
COBRA COMMANDER!

COBRA COMMANDER/DESTRO for Prez.

BKennedy on May 9, 2008 at 10:14 PM

“Women are for harassing or raping, not politics.”–Teddy

jgapinoy on May 9, 2008 at 10:33 PM

I guess Ted Kennedy’s trying to put the brakes on Hillary’s campaign.

*wink*

DubiousD on May 9, 2008 at 11:19 PM

How bout an Obama/Maxine Waters ticket?

Mo2Do on May 10, 2008 at 12:10 AM

Is this guy lobbying for VP? Real leadership.

Steve McCullough on May 10, 2008 at 8:25 AM

“Ted’s on the short list?

- The Cat

MirCat on May 9, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Mircat, until I saw that in print, it never occurred to me, but I think you are right.
JFK tie in; Teddy is a reprehensible creep certain to draw the ire of the Republicans, which will bolster the Dems…and I think Ted K wants to be remembered as more than a stagnant Senator with a poor personal history.

Doug on May 10, 2008 at 9:04 AM

Is Teddy Kennedy fronting himself as the real leadership VP?

maverick muse on May 10, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Hillary will not be Obama’s V.P., and the Secret Service will breathe a sigh of relief when someone else is chosen.

After all, what would it take to elevate Hillary to the Presidency if she were Vice President, and there were bitter, partisan, nuts in the Democrat Party?

heldmyw on May 10, 2008 at 11:11 AM

“Mad Cow”

Denny Crane in reality!!

BHO, Please pick him!!

relpayme on May 11, 2008 at 12:36 PM