​SOTU Just What Democrats Need - Another Kennedy

Not to bore you, but as a preamble to a rather blunt statement, let me say that I too have a little Irish in me from a great grandfather. So please do not think me prejudiced when I ask:

What the hell was RFK’s frickin’ grandson doing delivering the Democratic Party’s response to Trump’s State of the Union address??

Yes, he's surely well-educated (what a Kennedy would have to do to not be accepted at Harvard is something we'll probably never find out) with degrees from Stanford and Harvard. He's done time in the peace corps following in his great uncle's (JFK) tradition of asking for service on the part of citizens. And he took over a newly drawn 11th district when Barney Franks retired.

He's bright, progressive with that obligatory toothy grin and pale eyes. He can do the job that he's been groomed for since he was born in the middle of his other great uncle's (Ted Kennedy) campaign for president in 1980. Which his parents were working on.

That's. Not. The. Point.

It was the shackles of aristocracy that colonists in Massachusetts were rebelling against back when a few bales of tea were tossed into the harbor. Yes, it was about taxes. Taxes levied from afar by an unelected king, who sat on his throne at the head of an aristocracy, that co-existed uneasily at times with the British Parliament.

No, it's not likely Joe Kennedy III will get anywhere near the presidency. And one of the side-effects of the 2015-6 GOP primary was Republican voters telling the Bushes: thanks but that's enough. And God forbid that Ivanka should run for elected office. Unfortunately she just might at some point.

It's about all the other voices that could be speaking from Joe Kennedy's seat. Maybe even in an alternative universe, a conservative one.

Look, if you enjoy watching The Crown and wrinkling your nose in pleasure at some Buckingham Palace intrigue in the late 50's as you empty a package of Doritos with a cup of Mocha, please go ahead. But this celebrity-drenched notion of family dynasties - in business as well as politics - is a dangerous beast to play with. The good thing is, in America it is just that: a plaything pastime. And if owners of private corporations want to keep it in the family and often watch profits nosedive, that's literally their business.

But after all this hysterical shouting about diversity and intersectionality in 21st century America on the part of Democrats and we get a red-headed paleface who's the grandson of RFK delivering the rebuttal? And the second most commented on (the most commented on perhaps?) response to President Trump's State of the Union address is by an aging socialist from Vermont?

But that's not fair. To Sanders that is. He's built a base of supporters and has done more to shake up the Democratic Party than 3 generations of wealthy bucktoothed Massachusetts scions. But here's the problem: he and Joey gave basically the same, or complementary versions of the same, speech. What did they say?

Trump is a bully and America or "we" are not about that and bullies always lose.

I thought Trump was supposed to be a fascist who would blow up the world and crash the economy. Not a slugger who would finally deal ISIS a deadly blow, lower taxes and regulations and appoint conservative judges. And offer to provide a path to citizenship to 1.8 million so-called Dreamers. Ok, so Trump's a bit of a bully. And yes, it can be embarrassing to watch at times.

The State of the Union might drive beltway punditry into near orgasmic shivers and be watched by millions of voters, but it's overall effect on Congress, legislation and the workings of any administration are not that substantial. The good lines are often forgotten. Although tying visitors in the gallery and their stories to specific issues is an effective if overly theatrical (on the part of politicians that is) maneuver. But those guests, and their stories are real. You can see it in their faces when they stand.

Will this SOTU help the administration work out a deal with Democrats on immigration? The boos in the chamber when Trump talked about ending chain migration suggests it will be a tough ask.

Is a nuclear showdown with North Korea around the corner? One could argue that a nuclear showdown has been around the corner for years when it comes to the DPRK. Trump has shifted the public stance perhaps more than the policy itself.

And of course, the biggest question on the minds of much of the media went unanswered last night. There was no reference to the Russia investigations. And that is just as well.

Perhaps not a great speech, but a good one that played moderately (with some exceptions like his welcome attack on MS-13) to the base and, as some have suggested, dares Democrats to work with Trump.

Posted by Keeley at January 31, 2018 6:41 PM
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I watched about half of Kennedy’s speech. Nothing new here. It could just as easily been Nancy Pelosi speaking except that Kennedy didn’t slur words, mistake names, or show evidence of massive plastic surgery.

We do hope that Kennedy, unlike Barney Frank, does not become embroiled in scandal.

Posted by: Royal Flush at January 31, 2018 7:37 PM
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I thought Trump’s speech was excellent. His accomplishments draw a clear distinction between what was and what has changed for the better.

Hillbilly, Sanders, or any of the 16 Republican candidates would never have been able to achieve what Trump has. It only goes to show that an outsider was needed to turn our government around.

His comment, “Americans are dreamers too” was a stroke of genius.

His appeal to the other side of the aisle and the reaction he received clearly showed what entrenched obstructionists Democratics have become. The midterm elections are going to be devastating for the Democratic party. They better find a way to crash this economy again if they want to stay relevant.

Posted by: Weary Willie at January 31, 2018 11:36 PM
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Kennedy sounded so angry.
Such unbridled hate is losing the independent voters.

MSNBC had Rob Reiner on after the SOTU.
No wonder Carroll O’Connor nicknamed Rob Reiner: “meathead”.

Obstructionism and hated will not encourage voters (aside from their base) to vote for Democrats. OF course, the IN-PARTY and OUT-PARTY both engage in obstructionism, but Democrats seem to also now hate things that the Democrats typically supported in the past.

Posted by: d.a.n at February 1, 2018 9:50 AM
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I think the first minute and eight seconds of this link sums up what the world thinks about Trumps first SOTU.

Myself …well…23 claims and only 7 of them false claims, getting better isn’t he.


Posted by: j2t2 at February 1, 2018 12:32 PM
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Wow…for j2t2 it is apparently “yahoo” he follows for fact checking. Now we know from where some of his silly comments emanate.


Posted by: Royal Flush at February 1, 2018 3:09 PM
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Kennedy, Paul Krugman, and George Soros are all wrong about President Trump’s economic policies. Here’s why.

Trump’s push for smaller government is having global benefits

“Since the 2016 election, the Dow Jones Industrials Average has soared by over 8,000 points, or 44 percent. In the year prior to the election, under Obama, the increase was only two percent. The post-election gains are equal to 93 percent of those made in the entire eight years following Obama’s 2008 election. America has gained $7.7 trillion in wealth, or about $24,000 per American. The market hasn’t performed so well since 1975.”


Posted by: Royal Flush at February 1, 2018 4:28 PM
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I just finished watching Kennedy’s response to Trump’s SOTU speech. It was the typical bad news gripe session, however it was lost to those who could only see the reflection of the lights off his lip gloss.

It was a typical doom and gloom, the sky is falling speech Democratics thrive on. It was overshadowed, not by a frothing at the mouth spitter like he’s being portrayed, but by a glare of the lights off a substance that should have been taken care of by the makeup artist that prepared him for the event.

No one wants to talk about the poor job the makeup artist did on Joe Kennedy. Probably because, chances are, it was a woman. Had it been a male makeup artist it would have been a perfect opportunity to protect Joe Kennedy from the scrutiny by blaming the male who was obviously incompetent.

Let this be a lesson to Joe. Always apply makeup in the light you’re going to be seen in. Other than that his speech was just another run of the mill, crybaby speech that is typical of the Democratic party as a whole these days. Don’t believe that? Just watch them at the SOTU address.

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