According to CNN's headline,Bill Clinton maintains resentment against Ted and Caroline Kennedy, as well as Gov.Bill Richardson in Clinton's upcoming interview with New York Times' Magazine.
Though other news stories pointing to this interview emphasize Bill Clinton's discussion on his views of Hillary As Secretary of State, CNN's headline leads us back to what bothered Bill Clinton and many other hard-nosed Democrats when it came to the Kennedy endorsements and Richardson's notorious betrayal.
It will always bother many democrats the reasons for Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Obama. It was as if Kennedy could no longer stand Clinton's racist comments and would have to throw his support to Obama. What a joke. Clinton was doomed to fall into the racist trap along with anyone else who didn't support Obama. Richardson? Typical politician waiting to see which way the wind blew. My, how Karma immediately kicked this Jack-Ass in his lumbar region.
The NYT article will possibly debut online at anytime before it hits Sunday's news stands.
It should also be noted the statements in the up-coming article concerning Clinton's feelings in regard to the Kennedys and Richardson, come from unnamed sources. The recent dearth of news about the Clintons personal take on events will be welcomed reading for those who can bear the thought of re-visiting the 2008 primaries.
Caroline Kennedy's response to NBC on reasons why she quit her pursuit of Hillary Clinton's old senate seat won't be put to rest simply by her appearance on the show. It seems the Kennedy curiosity the world has only intensifies whenever any Kennedy responds to questions,or attempts to explain their actions. When Kennedy answered the above question on the Today Show, she said reports of her quitting the bid for the senate seat due to her husband and children remarking she was becoming "angry and intense" were untrue. She ended the NBC interview by stating she had "moved on".
It appears that Kennedy's statement is doomed to only attract more curiosity. Caroline's answer was good in that it put the question to rest for the moment of the interview, but leaves it wide open for an eternity of speculation.
Jacqueline Kennedy was known for protecting herself and her children from the public-eye. Whenever a new photo appeared of Jackie Kennedy and her children,we couldn't get enough. Just the scantiness of information and photos made us want more and more.
Back in 1991,when Ted Kennedy's approval rating had dropped among his home voters to 21%, he made a famous address at Harvard and said: I am painfully aware that the criticism directed at me in recent months involves far more than honest disagreements with my positions, or the usual criticism from the far right. To them I say: I recognize my own shortcomings -- the faults in the conduct of my private life. I realize that I alone am responsible for them, and I am the one who must confront them." He added, "I believe that each of us as individuals must not only struggle to make a better world, but to make ourselves better, too.
This statement made above by Kennedy appeared to answer, and then again not answer, the criticism he was receiving on his lack of support for the plight of Anita Hill, and on the ever-hanging cloud surrounding the Chappaquiddick controversy. Yet note he never quite says...for sure. It appears to be the way the Kennedys explain things without ever being quite specific. It was the most he ever said about any controversy.
So we can expect the conjecturing to continue with Edward Klein's new book on "Ted Kennedy: The Dream that never Died",for Caroline Kennedy is already disputing facts made in the book. This in itself will only spawn new articles trying to fill the our curiosity for more Kennedy "facts".
Elizabeth Benjamin writes in "The Daily Politics" from The New York Daily News, that Andrew Cuomo says he is quite happy being attorney general. In addition, he says that he is not actively campaigning, and will not discuss any conversation he has had with Gov.Paterson concerning Hillary Clinton's senate seat. Coumo went on to say he admired Caroline Kennedy, but stayed away from saying anything negative about Kennedy's qualifications. Cuomo did remark he thought alot of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand because he had worked with her at HUD, and also Rep.Carolyn Maloney who supported him in his run for Atty. General. Cuomo would not comment on Rep. Ackerman's description of Caroline Kennedy being "palin-ized" by her detractors.
Two unfortunate things come to my mind about Cuomo: 1) Andrew Cuomo has had it hard in not knowing if Paterson wants any active campaigning, and 2) His ex-wife,Kerry Kennedy, openly campaigns for Caroline.
It is a shame that Caroline Kennedy's candidacy for the appointment is being described as "Palin-ized." The fact that we understand what "palin-ized"even means shows how bad Gov.Palin was treated during her run for Vice-President. Kennedy has been criticized from the "lack of experience" issue, but in no way has she received the degrading treatment Sarah Palin was subjected to and continues to receive...TRedwine
Michael Myers, an aide for Ted Kennedy, has been the spokesman for the both Ted and Caroline Kennedy with the labor unions. This is largely so that Ted Kennedy doesn't appear to be pressuring union leaders on behalf of Caroline. No one is more respected by the unions than Ted Kennedy, so it goes without saying that Myers requests carry a lot of weight.
Maloney and Cuomo both have loyal support, but we see how Applebaum was asked to keep his opinion under wraps earlier in the week by the Clinton camp. In addition, Applebaum's office received calls from Ted Kennedy's office wanting to know why he was making these statements about Caroline's experience. Applebaum, a union leader himself, took this as a "message". All in all, Obama and Ted Kennedy have made it well-known the way Gov. Paterson's decision will go.
What we have is a series of experienced contenders for Hillary's senate seat who have been out-foxed in their desires to openly campaign for the Clinton seat. Andrew Cuomo deliberately did not campaign for the seat believing that it would be in poor judgment to use his family name in doing so. Cuomo has worked hard over the years for New York residents having been at odds with the Democratic party numerous times. Cuomo has over the last few years worked his way back into their good grace. Cuomo feels very frustrated not having received any signals from Paterson whether the Gov. wished open campaining for the seat or not. The fact that he is the unfriendly "ex" of Kerry Kennedy doesn't help either.
Several other would-be contenders like Carolyn Maloney are in the same predicament. As Caroline Kennedy campaigned in upper New York this week, we can imagine the frustration Cuomo and others felt. The fix was in long ago.
"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go
outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens,
nature and the Divine. Because only then does one feel that all is as it
should be and that the Divine wishes to see people happy, amidst the
simple beauty of nature."
Edna St. Vincent Millay
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!