RUSH: There is an ancient liberal political pundit out there some of you may not have heard of. His name is Al Hunt. He’s about a 100 years old, and he has weighed in on the Senate race in Massachusetts. That’s where Democrat Congressman Joe Kennedy XVIII
is going after the Senate seat of first-term Democrat Senator Ed Markey, who’s running for reelection.
Now, if you remember Al Hunt at all, you won’t be surprised to hear that he is pro-Kennedy. He claims that “history” is on young Joe Kennedy’s side. Hunt explains back in 1962, Ted Kennedy defeated then-Attorney General Edward McCormack, to take his place in the Senate, and that’s the template for this race, 1962.
Hunt says that even though Ed Markey may have more political endorsements, Joe Kennedy has the one thing that counts, and that’s political genes. He’s a Kennedy, like John, Robert, and Teddy. That means women are endangered. And that, according to Al Hunt, makes all the difference.
Well, maybe Al Hunt is right. Maybe. But this isn’t 1962. There are generations of voters who don’t remember the John F. Kennedy “Camelot” years, or Ted Kennedy’s escape from the pond at Chappaquiddick, leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to drown. Even among those who do remember, the Kennedy mystique is faded. Kennedy family history has little pull with Millennials, for example.
It doesn’t matter though. It’s Massachusetts. Whether young Joe Kennedy XVIII beats Ed Markey or not, Massachusetts is still gonna end up with a dyed-in-the-wool liberal. Only the name will change.