I’m sitting here watching Oceans Thirteen, which always reminds me of my Dad. Something about Vegas, I guess, and Sinatra always reminds me of Dad. Damned if I know why, but there it is.
And in keeping of the news of the day, notably the election win of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, I’m reminded of my father again and something he used to say (which always drove me crazy):
“It’s not Teddy Kennedy’s seat in the Senate; it’s Jack and Bobby’s seat.”
Dad’s contention was always that Ted Kennedy held that seat through any personal charisma or gentlemanly statesmanship ability. The large amount of Independent voters in Massachusetts (almost 60%) shows it’s not an overwhelming Democrat majority, either. No, Dad always though Ted Kennedy hung onto that seat simply because it was a memorial to his brothers who died, and both of whom had held that seat before him.
Today I’m wondering if that might not have been true. Despite the incredibly inept campaign of Martha Coakley and the incredibly poor choice of her as a candidate; and notwithstanding the Tea Parties and the voter animosity to the mad spending of the Obama Administration . . .
Well, I gotta wonder how much influence that may have had. Just food for thought.