“I was curious too about the low key appearance of Joan Kennedy at the memorial service on Friday and the funeral service at the church on Saturday. The following article in the Boston Magazine may shed some light on the complicated relationship she has with her children.
“I noticed the absence of Joan Kennedy as I watched the events on CNN . With the comments here and elsewhere on Joan's alcoholism, I have not seen reference to his years of alcoholism. The comments are about partying and drinking and "mistakes" but I haven't really seen any reference to the fact that Ted was a hard core alcoholic. I grew up in the Camelot era but the Kennedy's are not Gods. Did he have his marriage to Joan annulled?? How else could he have the sacraments of the Catholic church? The letter from the Pope raises other issues. The first wife that endures all the drinking, immorality and stands by his side is indeed an outsider . If Teddy had died in the plane crash or even with Mary Jo, Joan would have had dignity, sympathy and support. The references to her family history of alcoholism would be a moot point. Indeed the Kennedy clan has its history .
Joan is still a survivor -to not acknowledge her as the mother of his children is another imperfection or "mistake" of the Ted Kennedy reign.”
“I was curious too so I did a little research to see if I could find a reason for Joan Kennedy's low key appearance at the memorial service Friday and the funeral service today. If you read the article in the Boston Magazine you may gain some insight in to the complications of her relationship with her children.
“I'm not buying it. I think you are a saboteur. There is just too much self-interest being expressed here.”
ddc on Apr 11, 2008 at 02:49:44
“I know. All of those who have publicly complained about this make me nervous and I kind of hope they get cut from the final crew that heads to Denver. They have hints of an HRC whine to their articles/posts.”
“"But here is a fact, not an inference, that should not be debatable:
Hillary Clinton has sustained all the negative attacks available to the Republican attack machine and her negatives can't go any higher; whereas clearly Senator Obama's can. "
Are you sure about that? The Republicans aren't holding back and waiting for the general?
Seems to me they are pushing for a Clinton adversary with plenty of more recent (past 8 years) ammunition to use against her.”
It will indeed be a sad irony if the Dems. are so shortsighted that they can't see this as the opportunity that it is. The Democratic Party could really be a force to reckon with if people would take the leap of faith into the future.
I am a 60 year old, life long Democrat and I salute your students for their good judgment.”
"A lot of good-minded progressives would like to think it's the media distorting Hillary Clinton's remarks over the past weeks about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or that this story is being overblown regarding the racial tension between her campaign and Sen. Barack Obama's.
The media is like a blunt but intuitive instrument. Its handymen are sometimes unable to say exactly what they mean, like they keep saying "race," and I think "race" is a kind of shorthand pointing at a real fracture within the soul of the party."
That fracture is what came to light during the New Hampshire primary. I literally gasped when I heard the comments from the Clinton campaign. Little wonder that "race" became the dominant theme after that. I am extremely disappointed. I am cynical enough to believe that it was an intentional strategy they felt was necessary after the phenomenal success of Obama in Iowa. Shame on them.”
“"It seems to me Clinton is far more dedicated to serving mankind. . ."
No. It seems to me that Clinton is far more concerned with furthering his own agenda than he is with serving the American people.
As a faithful Democrat I defended the Clintons in the 90's. I continued to do so in spite of many disappointments relating to his policies. After all, better a Democrat than a Republican. Since he left office I feel I have been more defensive of the "Party" rather than of his shameful behavior. He brought us down then and he is bringing us down now.
It is way past time for a change.”
hellboundtrain on Jan 24, 2008 at 14:02:36
“I'd be delighted to NEVER see Bills sanctimonious, smirk on the news again. Hillary is way to defensive to make an effective president. Doesn't it bother you that she never shuts he mouth, that when in a slightly heated exchange that she just MUST talk over say Tim Russert, or, Barak Obama. Hillary is like a spoiled child that JUST MUST have her way. I think not the best of choices. By the way, why has she never released a list of sucessful acts or laws that she herself has written and gotten passed?”
“It seems so obvious to me that the posters who are particularly nasty in their comments regarding ANY of the Democratic candidates are anti-Democrat trolls. The comments are so hateful and divisive they appear designed to destroy any and all Democrats in the campaign for President. Divide and conquer.
Or, as so succinctly put by ErnestineBass in an earlier post: You are being played, people.”
Sisyphuss on Jan 12, 2008 at 17:14:22
“It will get worse before it gets better.”
jsinclair on Jan 12, 2008 at 17:12:31
“"...being played". I'm in complete agreement with you.
And please stop supporting the rumors and gossip, people, by falling into the same old press trap we've been seeing for years. (And by "people", I particularly mean editors at Huffpo)”
MNmommy on Jan 12, 2008 at 17:07:05
“It's indeed frustrating to watch. It has been for a month or two around here - but it's in over-drive now.”