Now we know things went badly for the Democrats last week.

Saturday, January 14, 2006
Bob Beckel, who can generally be depended upon to defend practically any Democrat position, any time — which is his job, to be fair — just said on Fox News that Teddy Kennedy has become "a caricature of himself" and that it's "time for someone else to assume the mantle."

It's just possible that the CAP thing, and the Alito hearings, have been the end of Teddy Kennedy as a real force in national politics.

13 comments:

Buddy Larsen said...

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

Rick Ballard said...

Interesting. The shilling for Ms. Village Commissar in Sheeps Clothing has begun. Beckel is a good point man on this. An excellent liar and slippery as an eel in a cesspool. Right next to Lanny Davis in that regard and much better than Begala or Emmanuel.

It's about time for some retirement announcements from both sides. I still doubt that we'll see Kennedy's amongst them even though it appears that he has lost most of his competent staff members.

Buddy Larsen said...

Staff, Kennedy brought his Bork hatchet-man out of retirement for Alito's planned chop. Oops! Times have changed!

terrye said...

I never thought I would say this but Beckel is right.

In fact if someone like Governor Warner or Ford from Tenn could start getting out front for the Democrats, they might have a shot at a comeback.

Buddy Larsen said...

Warner and Ford remind me of moderate palestinians--"watch it with that 'progress' sh*t, buster, or your own party will roll you."

Buddy Larsen said...

Beckel is a likeable guy, and Fox is damn fair & balanced to feature him so highly. Rick is right, he's a great advocate for the moonies--but he doesn't use the tactic of being so repulsive that you just walk away from the debate. Must be that good Fox example.

David Thomson said...

It is rumored that Ted Kennedy is, at best, modestly talented. His well put together staff allegedly makes up for his shortcomings. He is now a public embarrassment. The Alito hearings have proven to be an unmitigated disaster for the Democratic Party. Bob Beckel is pro. He is not someone who lightly shoots his mouth off. Beckel thought long and hard before he criticized Kennedy. A consensus is obviously developing which realizes the well known senator is becoming too much of a burden.

Ted Kennedy will likely remain in the senate as long as he desires. The voters of Massachusetts appreciate his ability to bring home the bacon. But in regards to the rest of the nation---he has outlived his usefulness.

Buddy Larsen said...

He HAS to stay in the game--otherwise someone might ask for a senate hearing on the "Big Dig".

Peter UK said...

Yes,but his liver might resign before him.

terrye said...

Isn't it something how some of these old boys can hang on?

Strom Thurmon, Jesse Helms and on the other side Byrd and Kennedy. I spend a fair amount of time with old guys and it kind of worries me.

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Terrye,

Isn't it something how some of these old boys can hang on?

That's why we need term limits in the Senate.

CF said...

Beckel's right(so's Rick for that matter) but I think Ted will be impossible to dislodge.In fact, the future of that family as a political force is on the skids. Even RFK has trouble getting powder puff interviews on the environment to which he flies on his magic private plane.

Buddy Larsen said...

How to afford your own magic jet!