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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:22 AM
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Uncle Teddy's Endorsement Hold-up: It's the Judges, Stupid
Edited on Wed Nov-28-07 09:23 AM by CorpGovActivist
Speculation is growing over when Senator Kennedy might throw his weight behind a primary candidate.

Boston-based sources suggest that the key issue for Kennedy is simple: judges - as in, "Which of these candidates has the best chance of being sworn in, so that we can restock the Federal Courts in MA with a new crop?"

But the issue is more complex than that.

Senator Clinton does not have the same naive awe of Senator Kennedy that her husband did, and will likely not open herself up to criticism over marginal Kennedy candidates for the bench.

Senator Obama is a wild card. Some think he's as awe-struck as Bill Clinton; others think he's savvier than he seems.

Senator Edwards shares many of Kennedy's progressive views, but also has his eyes wide open to the Kennedy connections to the Federal benches in MA.

"If he could just go with his gut, he'd go with Biden or Edwards," says one source of Senator Kennedy. "But it's hard to do that when Joe, Jack, and Bobby drilled it into his head that the courts in Massachusetts are a key pillar in the power base. Biden would play ball, but he's not going to win. And Edwards won't play ball."

We all have our burdens this primary season.

- Dave
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:27 AM
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1. What's with your fixation with "Uncle Teddy"?
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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:37 AM
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3. Having Lived in MA for 8 Years...
... after hearing the UMWA-stoked mystique about 1960 and 1968, I developed a healthy appreciation for the complexities of Senator Kennedy's public service.

I also resided in Winthrop House, three floors above the suite the Kennedys still have set aside as a museum piece (junior year).

Thirteen Days was required reading, I worked and did coursework at the JFK School and in the undergrad Government Department (my concentration), and have done extensive research into the national security legacy of the Kennedy years.

That just begins to scratch the surface of past reasons, but with the announcement of the memoirs and the growing talking head speculation about if/when/who regarding a Kennedy Endorsement, it's only natural.

- Dave
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:30 AM
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2. I think Bobby Jr. has endorsed Hillary...
and his mother has endorsed Obama...it will be interesting to see if and when Ted endorses.
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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 09:40 AM
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4. The Endorsement Splits...
... are interesting in and of themselves, but only one Kennedy gets a say on judges, assuming victory in 08.

- Dave
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AlertLurker Donating Member (877 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:39 AM
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5. A Toss Up?
Can't see hi mwith Edwards - nothing in common.

He sits on the Senate Arms Services Commitee with HRC,

Health, Education, Labour and Pensions Commitee with HRC, Dodd and Obama,

Judiciary Commitee with Biden...

Haven't looked at Subcommitees...





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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 10:51 AM
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6. If You Serve at Least Half a Senate Term with Kennedy...
... you'll eventually co-sponsor legislation with him.

So, it's not surprising that the Edwards campaign site highlights the areas in which Edwards partnered with Kennedy while in the Senate.

- Dave
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book_worm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:31 AM
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7. If Biden could get his endorsement it would be a big help
but still probably not enough to win. BTW, Biden would be a good VP for Edwards.
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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:35 AM
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8. Biden on Ticket = Problems; Biden in Edwards Cabinet = Great Idea
Don't get me wrong: I think Senator Biden is every bit as sharp intra-synapse as his tongue is pre-synapse.

- Dave
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 11:35 AM
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9. What in heck does "Edwards won't play ball" mean?
And why would a candidate seek out the endorsement of a polarizing figure such as Ted Kennedy, especially when so many strings are attached "...play ball..."?
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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 12:13 PM
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10. The Degree of Deference Given to Home State Senators...
... in drawing up judicial nominee candidate short lists varies.

- Dave
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CorpGovActivist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-28-07 01:14 PM
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11. "And why would a candidate seek out the endorsement of a polarizing figure such as Ted Kennedy?"
That raises an interesting question of its own. To prevent an awkward moment for all involved, such high-profile endorsements often entail staff discussions first.

It may be strategic for one or more campaigns to have it emerge that they said, "No thanks."

- Dave
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