Kennedy to Endorse Obama Open Thread

The New York Times is reporting (paragraph breaks removed for space):

Senator Edward M. Kennedy intends to endorse the presidential candidacy of Senator Barack Obama during a rally on Monday in Washington, associates to both men confirmed, a decision that squarely pits one American political dynasty against another. The expected endorsement, coming after Mr. Obama’s commanding victory over Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary on Saturday, may give Mr. Obama further momentum in his campaign for the nomination...Of all the endorsements in the Democratic Party, Mr. Kennedy’s is viewed as among the most influential. The Massachusetts senator had vowed to stay out of the presidential nominating fight, but as the contest expanded into a state-by-state fight — and given the tone of the race in the last week — associates said he was moved to announce his support for Mr. Obama.

With John Kerry's endorsement two weeks ago, Dems seem to be abandoning the Clintons en masse. Is this because of their race baiting? Consider that a year ago, the Dems were flying high after taking back Congress, and were considered a shoo in to take back the White House in 2008. With the economy conceivably going into a recession, and most Americans, despite the surge's success, wanting out of Iraq, the Dems should be marching toward November with an almost insurmountable head of steam. Yet, Pelosi and Reid showed themselves to be completely inept as chamber leaders in 2007, and now Billary seems to be dividing the Party nine months before the real celebration was destined to start. As such, old-guard Dems like Kerry, Kennedy, and Leahy are clearly recognizing that their golden opportunity to wrest back control of Washington is slipping through their fingers, and Billary is partially to blame. Now, in the end, Pelosi and Reid are just as culpable. However, for right now, with the emergence of Obama, the Clintons might be a perfect sacrificial lamb to point fingers at -- of course, with their bungling complicity making it more delicious for we conservatives to watch. Any thoughts?

NB Staff
NB Staff