For more than half a century, dating all the way back to 1947, the Kennedys have been the closest thing to American royalty this country ever had. With an almost uninterrupted reign of public service, the Kennedy name has become synonymous with American sophistication.
With the announcement today from Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy that he will not be running for re-election, this will be the first time in over a half a century that no Kennedy will be serving in public office. The son of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, the “Lion of the Senate,” this is truly a sad day in American politics.
We will miss the Kennedy name on Capitol Hill. We will miss their progressive, populist politics. We will miss their tireless work they’ve done on behalf of the common American citizen. We will miss that panache and effortless New England style they brought to a stoic and bland political landscape.