"He would have won re-election easily," according to Darrell West, a political scientist who has followed Kennedy's career closely since the early 1990s. Incidentally, Kennedy's departure in January marked the first time in 58 years that there is no Kennedy in the national government -- no congressman, senator or president.Our long national nightmare is over... or is it?
Apparently the Mayo Clinic helped Patrick Kennedy out with the coke and the sleeping pills, but he's still in need of a Twelve Step program for his public trough addiction: Now he's running around calling for the neuromedical equivalent of the Apollo Program that will... I don't know, I guess have some tiny shrunken dude navigate through the bloodstream and plant a teensy American flag on the temporal lobe by 2021.
And how about that picture at the CNN piece? At first I was all like "Look out, Patrick! It's a lich! It's got its arm around you and it's gonna devour your mind!" and then I realized that "Oh, yeah, that's his dad..."
The 43-year-old Kennedy left Congress in January, after spending more than half his life in public office. Now he's outside the Carter Center, taking a break after talking up his latest plan to a group of mental health advocates, including former first lady Rosalynn Carter.See? Even when we say we've kicked the Kennedy habit, next thing you know, we're huddled out on the veranda of the Carter Center with Rosalynn, surreptitiously huffing us some Patrick.
I wonder, can we check America in at Betty Ford? We keep turning up with high levels of Kennedys in our national bloodstream and it's time we admit we have a problem. I dream of a day when we can take a national whiz quiz and have it come back 100% Kennedy-free.