Yes, Ted’s death represents the end of the line for ‘America’s royals’, but it also exposes the ideology-shaped hole in the Democratic Party.
Sean Collins, Spiked
The lives of John F Kennedy and Robert F Kennedy were cut short by assassins’ bullets. Their brother Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy, in contrast, lived a full life until his death last week at the age of 77. He was first elected to the Senate from the state of Massachusetts in 1962, and was one of the longest-serving senators in US history. His career spanned from JFK’s Camelot days to the election of the first African-American president, and he was a major player in all that happened in American politics in between. Indeed, he made much more of an impact than most expected when he first emerged, when he was regarded as far less talented than his brothers.
Ted Kennedy’s death marks not just the end of Kennedy political dynasty, but also of a period in American history. And it brings into relief just how much liberal Democratic Party politics has changed over time.
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This is not only the end of the Kennedy dynasty