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Patrick Kennedy won't run for re-election

Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy will retire after eight terms in office, bringing an end to his House career just months after his father, legendary Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, passed away.

"My father instilled in me a deep commitment to public service," Kennedy said in a video announcing his retirement. "Now having spent two decades in politics, my life has taken a new direction and I will not be a candidate for re-election this year."

Kennedy has easily held Rhode Island's 1st district since 1994 despite the occasional attempt by Republicans to knock him off.

Kennedy's time in Congress was decidedly uneven. He was rumored to be planning a Senate bid in 2000 but decided against running. He was tasked with chairing the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in that same cycle with expectations within the party that they would seize back control of the House. It didn't happen.

After his stint at the DCCC, Kennedy took on a far less high-profile role in Congress -- emerging only infrequently and not always in the best light. In the spring of 2006 Kennedy crashed his car into a police barricade near Capitol Hill; he entered rehab for addiction and depression days later. Over the summer, Kennedy admitted himself to a rehabilitation facility again.

Patrick Kennedy's retirement means that for the first time in nearly five decades there will not be a member of the Kennedy family in Congress. His father, who served Massachusetts in the Senate for more than four decades, died on August 25.

Kennedy's seat, which includes the northeastern reaches of the state, is strongly Democratic. President Barack Obama won the seat by 32 points in 2008 while Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) carried it by 26 points in 2004.

Among the Democrats mentioned as possible Kennedy replacements include: Providence Mayor David Cicilline, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and state party chairman Bill Lynch.

State Rep. John Loughlin was already in the race on the Republican side.

Kennedy is the 14th Democrat to announce his retirement plans this cycle. Eighteen Republicans are retiring while Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart is giving up his 25th district seat to run in for the 21st district being vacated by his brother -- retiring Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 11, 2010; 10:47 PM ET
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Comments

Its going to be nice when I read the Obit of this scum traitor dies in obscurity.

Posted by: mickrussom | February 13, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Good ole boy Paddy Kennedy defined the term RHODE ISLAND RED!!!

Posted by: HopeForChange | February 13, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Good ole boy Paddy Kennedy defined the term RHODE ISLAND RED!!!

Posted by: HopeForChange | February 13, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

The truth is that Obama is putting our national security at risk -


And then he sends out his deputy national security officer Brennan to go out and call Obama's critics unpatriotic.


What could be more unpatriotic than risking American lives with "soft on terror" policies as Obama has done.


If Obama was a real man, he would do his own dirty work and make these comments himself.


But he isn't.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 13, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama seeking to maximize his unilateral power - key signal of a socialist to impose one's will on an unwilling population:


http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/us/politics/13obama.html

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 13, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

It is about time the American people realize the full implications of what the democrats did with the "stimulus" bill last year.


The democrats have not taken the recession seriously.


Instead they went off and diverted the stimulus fund to a whole bunch of democratic special interest programs.


AND then Obama went off to work on health care.

Obama is a horrible failure - his job performance is a complete joke. It makes sense when you hire someone with little experience and who has none virtually nothing in his life.


Blame the democrats for that.


The democrats have been EXTREMELY IRRESPONSIBLE WITH THIS COUNTRY - the democrats are prolonging the recession.


We need to get someone in there with economic and business experience.


HOW HARD IS THAT ???? Apparently so hard the democrats don't get it.


AND you have democratic Congressmen on Chris Matthews claiming they are doing a good job.


HOW OUT-OF-TOUCH CAN YOU BE ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 13, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Ya gotta love people who talk about the American People as "such an ignorant and ungrateful public" whenever the People disagree with the Libs about anything. We are expected to listen and obey our Enlightened Liberal Overlords because they attended schools with vegetable matter creeping all over the buildings (the Kudzu of the Elites) or have a magic aristocratic name like Kennedy, Bush, Clinton and Rockefeller. They look down their noses at real Americans like Sarah Palin because she attended community colleges and failed to abort Trig just because he has birth defects...and because she's totally hotter than 99% of Lib women, most of whom either look like attendees at an Ernest Borgnine Look-Alike Convention or pathetic over the hill hippies trying to recapture their lost, misspent youth of promiscuous sex and substance abuse. These Libs are actually the ones who are ignorant and ungrateful. They are ignorant of the wonderful things our country has done for the world and ungrateful for the freedom and security that allows them to think and speak freely. The difference between the People and the Libs is that We will fight for their right to be as "ignorant and ungrateful" as they want to be, but they want to stifle our right to do the same.
http://PresidentSuit.com

Posted by: PresidentSuit | February 13, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Man, I only read halfway down this page and, I gotta say, you all - or most of you, since I didn't read all the comments -you all are worse than the people in Boston! I didn't think that was possible!

A good bunch of Christians, each one of you, right? Don't make Congressman Kennedy the scapegoat for the entire family. Walk a mile in someone's shoes before you comment on them. And have a lovely weekend, won't you?

Posted by: deeva716 | February 12, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Right on to 1911a11 andFury60 for standing up for all of us who opposed Kennedy for Congressman in Rhode Island. This state is corupt like Chicago.Controled by unions and Liberal democracts.If Congressmam Kennedy has a decency he should RESIGN now and go gack to Hyannis(carpet bagger)

Posted by: grayfox2 | February 12, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

to the dem's who think that the mean spirited comments are because he is a kennedy, let me clue you in..... this country is tired of the kennedys, bushes, peloosies, clintons, mccains, (ALL OF THEM)

who ever said that just because mom or dad got voted in office once, that you would make a great politician.... term limits...term limits....term limits....

Posted by: testplot | February 12, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot of hateful comments because many of us are tired of RICH LIBERALS taxing us to death and trying to legislate every detail of our lives. Congress should shut up, go home and let us live our lives. The only thing Congressmen should be doing is PROTECTING AND UPHOLDING THE CONSTITUTION...NOT REDISTRIBUTING WEALTH AND TAKING OVER BUSINESS. Send the whole bunch of them home NO ONE WILL MISS THEM!!!

Posted by: zapman | February 12, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"After reading some of the hateful and mean-spirited comments on this blog about Congressman Kennedy and his family, I can understand why the yonger generation of Kennedys no longer wishes to serve such an ignorant and ungrateful public."

I understand Patches wants to devote himself to recreational drug use full time.

Maybe another drug addict will legislate in his place in congress.

Posted by: fourbuttons2003 | February 12, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

If my memory is correct, this guy has never had a real job. I think he went into politics as soon as he graduated from Brown.

Posted by: cityslicker1 | February 12, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

PTaylor8336 said "After reading some of the hateful and mean-spirited comments on this blog about Congressman Kennedy and his family, I can understand why the yonger generation of Kennedys no longer wishes to serve such an ignorant and ungrateful public. I'm sure some of those who posted hateful messages on this blog would love to see another Bush (e.g., Dubya--exhibit A regarding spoiled-rotten, drugs, alcohol and mental illness) returned to the White House.
This country deserves more brain dead Dubyas and hopefully and eventually an even bigger idiot Sarah Palin."
Geez P, I recall a few years ago that Congressman Kennedy crashed his car into a police barricade near Capitol Hill. After that he entered rehab for addiction and depression. Didn't work however,Congressman Kennedy has since admitted himself to a rehabilitation facility again. President Bush managed to resolve his problems "another Bush (e.g., Dubya--exhibit A regarding spoiled-rotten, drugs, alcohol and mental illness)" Mr. Kennedy and his family have never resolved theirs. He's still a drunk and a druggie as have been most of the family, at least the ones that were not tried for murder like Mr. Skakel (Kennedy). Then there's Teddy...you remember Ted, he was the one that drowned Ms. Kopechne. Don't forget the rape case of W. Kennedy Smith and his uncle Ted's involvement with that. Took a bit of Kennedy influence to make that go away. Yes P, those Kennedys are a class act, can't take that away from them. Oh and I almost forgot Joe Kennedy...isn't he the one that works for Hugo Chavez? There's a real feather in the Kennedy hat. I suppose you think there was nothing "mean spirited" about what you said about Pres. Bush and Gov. Palin...you can probably convince yourself you were justified. Unfortunately you're just a little slow and don't know better.

Posted by: 1911a11 | February 12, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Another Lefty reads the tea leaves and sees the times they are a changing.

Posted by: Satch2 | February 12, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

More proof that there is a God!!

Posted by: tmhmt | February 12, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

""I find it "odd" that haters, (like members of the KKK) always mask their identity. Why?
....Just an observation....""

Posted by: bobnsri | February 12, 2010 6:24 AM

This brings up an important point which illustrates the predominantly Liberal intellectual dishonesty & hypocrisy and the double standard applied to conservative Republicans by Liberal Democrats both in politics and in the news media.

Robert Byrd, a Democrat, is a former Grand Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan.

This is not a case of someone who might have only attended a meeting or two out of curiosity, but rather someone who for ten years (according to wikipedia) was a participating member. In the time period between 1942 and 1952, how many people were lynched by the Klan and how likely was it that Byrd may have attended one or more of those lynchings?

But because Byrd has a 'D' after his name rather than an 'R', his past can be overlooked and his past involvement with the organizxation most responsible for the lynching of African-Americans can be casualy dismissed.

Anyone even semi-literate with only a minimal understanding of US history from the time period of reconstruction through to the civil rights era would know that it was the Democrat party that was most closely aligned with the KKK and NOT the Republicans.

Illiterate "Haters" on the other hand, paericularly those on the Left, can't be expected to have this minimal level of understanding based in fact rather than emotion.


Posted by: HeywoodJabuzov | February 12, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible their endorsement of Obama wrecked the Kennedys???

It is bizarre, however how else can one explain these poll numbers that apparently have no solution?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 12, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What a blow to the republic,,,,not. The Kennedys need to take their millions, shut up and move on. There has not been one worth a crap since Bobby, and the rest are a bunch of crybabys with their "Kennedy circles" of "why me?" Just a B-league cast of entitled bums who made their money illegally, gave some away, and use their name to skirt the law, especially where women are concerned. Thanks, Pat, for retiring. At least one Kennedy has a good idea.

Posted by: tom17 | February 12, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, for the first time since Joe Kennedy was Ambassador to England in the 1930s and was playing footsie with the Nazis, we will not have a Kennedy in public life. I guess the country will have to survive somehow.

Posted by: SDSteve | February 12, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of the hateful and mean-spirited comments on this blog about Congressman Kennedy and his family, I can understand why the yonger generation of Kennedys no longer wishes to serve such an ignorant and ungrateful public. I'm sure some of those who posted hateful messages on this blog would love to see another Bush (e.g., Dubya--exhibit A regarding spoiled-rotten, drugs, alcohol and mental illness) returned to the White House.
This country deserves more brain dead Dubyas and hopefully and eventually an even bigger idiot Sarah Palin.

Posted by: PTaylor8336 | February 12, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The Obama Depression is so bad in Rhode Island that the Mafia is laying off judges! I guess they are no longer supporting puppets in Congress either.

It is nice to know that it is almost certain that the collective IQ of the house will soon rise in tandem with a drop in average blood alcohol level.

Posted by: drwilly | February 12, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what all of this has to do with - perhaps a factor was the Kennedys' endorsement of Obama in 2008.


The Kennedys went up there - right before SuperTuesday and acted like they were the ones who were going to crown Obama.

Alright - however for some reason the Boston area does not like Obama -


It was the towns near Boston in New Hampshire which went for Hillary in the New Hampshire primary.

Is it possible that the Obama backlash has something to do with all of this?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | February 12, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I read all of the many letters and they are 99% negative (and truthful). So how did this jerk get elected? Voter fraud?

Patrick,...Feel the Love!

Posted by: MIKEATUPSTATE | February 12, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Good Riddance. Makes me wonder what kind of dirt someone must have on him to keep him from running again. There's no other way (other than death) to get a Kennedy off the government welfare program we call Congress.

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Posted by: coondangy | February 12, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he was on Ambien when he said that and tomorrow he won't remember it. Seriously - what are the good people of Rhode Island going to do without his moral clarity? His stellar leadership? His good judgement? Without his representation I really fear for the good folks of Rhode Island!!!!!!! He's afraid that his dad's not around to protect his incompetence - and unlike his father - he won't be able to prevail from the next scandal.

Posted by: phtsearch | February 12, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

No great loss!

This jerk has always been many fries short of a Happy Meal!

Shame on the people of Rhode Island for putting such a mental incompetent into a postion of power. No wonder RI is the smallest state.

Posted by: MIKEATUPSTATE | February 12, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The article failed to mention that
a recent poll showed that only
35% of his district's voters would
choose him again.

Posted by: cleoxxxooo | February 12, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope this is the beginning of the end of the oligarchs.

Posted by: antropov80 | February 12, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

America wins another one today !!!!!

Good for America - 2010 is the year that America goes back to winning.

Posted by: M_Algore | February 12, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

By the way - I note (sadly) that Patrick Kennedy, though apparently weary of political battle, is serving out his term. He will be "sitting on his trunk" as it were until January. Read: Spending taxpayers money, putting off decisions, and getting free cable.

Unlike Sarah Palin, who, when it got too hot in the kitchen, fled without wasting time in the position she was elected for. Instead, she let someone else who still has enthusiasm about the office come in and take over.

Posted by: themdg | February 12, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Probably the most HelpFULL thing he has done for the country and himself, and sets a good example for the Kennedy clan, which seems inexorably drawn to 'public power' and yet cannot handle it.

Posted by: apeon | February 12, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Polls show that in Rhode Island, Patrick Kennedy has a 62% disapproval rate. His bishop counseled him not to take communion. US Catholic churches denounced him for promoting abortion. The Bayside Apparitions 1970-94 stated that his father was going to Hell for promoting abortion which warning he ignored so the result maybe an eternal fire for daddy.

Posted by: mascmen7 | February 12, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

19,000 US Catholic Churches and EWTN, the world Catholic cable network denounced Patrick Kennedy and Eunice Kennedy Shriver for stating that abortion is OK for Catholics. Pelosi also is leading a Martin Luther style charge to eliminate abortion restrictions for Catholics. They all are DOOMED to failure forever and should be excommunicated from the Church.

Posted by: mascmen7 | February 12, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"His dad instilled..er "distilled" might be more accurate?

Posted by: frodomocho1 | February 12, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I am getting quite tied of hearing politicians use the term "public service" as if it is a hardship and portrays them as if they are martyrs for doing a job they applied for. Their benefits and pay are fantastic. Their "retirement" package is unheard of for the average private sector employee and the power they gain forever is incalculable.

We need to go back to what our founders fathers wanted and make the job more of a volunteer, temporary position and then "public service" will have true meaning.

Posted by: lljpence | February 12, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans these days have to be drug and alcohol tested for employment. Why is it that members of congress do not. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. And why is it that I a tax paying citizen can not smoke on Federal property but members of congress and the President can. Obama even smokes at the Whitehouse.

Posted by: grannie1 | February 12, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Most Americans these days have to be drug and alcohol tested for employment. Why is it that members of congress do not. What is good for the goose is good for the gander. And why is it that I a tax paying citizen can not smoke on Federal property but members of congress and the President can. Obama even smokes at the Whitehouse.

Posted by: grannie1 | February 12, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Future Positions: Founder of the COMB OVER SOCIETY to promote the Trump Cut at Hair Cuttery. Anti-Environmental Activists to fight wind power off the coast of Hyanisport. GRAVE WATCH MONITOR to keep Ted from spinning out of the ground now that Ted knows about Scott Brown. GHOST WHISPERER at Chappiquidic to help Mary Jo pass over. LOBBYIST for Hugo Chavez. He should donate his Congressional Retirement Welfare to the poor and live off his Grand Daddy's Bootlegging profits.

Posted by: cmlvirginia | February 12, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Future Positions: Founder of the COMB OVER SOCIETY to promote the Trump Cut at Hair Cuttery. Anti-Environmental Activists to fight wind power off the coast of Hyanisport. GRAVE WATCH MONITOR to keep Ted from spinning out of the ground now that Ted knows about Scott Brown. GHOST WHISPERER at Chappiquidic to help Mary Jo pass over. LOBBYIST for Hugo Chavez. He should donate his Congressional Retirement Welfare to the poor and live off his Grand Daddy's Bootlegging profits.

Posted by: cmlvirginia | February 12, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Nice to be rid of this putred boy gutter guzzler. Hope he truly rides into the sunset with his skank cousin.

Posted by: Obamunist | February 12, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

His dad instilled a deep commitment to public service???? No! I'm inclined to think it was a good way to do what they did best, such as: corruption, deceit, use of power, lady killer, drunk, drugs etc. With the Kennedy name, who would cross them? Remember the little gal in Florida? Teddy knew what was going on, but the name got them off, just like poor Mary Jo. This name has become MUD, and jr. is quiting because of the comments we wrote about him last week.

Posted by: jctgal | February 12, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Future Positions: Founder of the COMB OVER SOCIETY to promote the Trump Cut at Hair Cuttery. Anti-Environmental Activists to fight wind power off the coast of Hyanisport. GRAVE WATCH MONITOR to keep Ted from spinning out of the ground now that Ted knows about Scott Brown. GHOST WHISPERER at Chappiquidic to help Mary Jo pass over. LOBBYIST for Hugo Chavez. He should donate his Congressional Retirement Welfare to the poor and live off his Grand Daddy's Bootlegging profits.

Posted by: cmlvirginia | February 12, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

He knows we would just vote his substance abusing, arrogant butt out anyway. Please run so we can disgrace you like you have disgraced our state.

Posted by: ac7880 | February 12, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Is there any chance he is doing this to prepare for Mass. Senate run for Dad's old seat?

Posted by: 13joe85 | February 12, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

He's decided to live off his inheritance.
Deeply ingrained "public service" is a far
second desire.

Posted by: billclintoon | February 12, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

He would have had his butt voted out by the Tea Party movement anyway. Beware all you radical progressive "nut jobs" in the
republican and democrat party.

Posted by: billclintoon | February 12, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Patrick Kennedy? Isn't he the Kennedy who said Mississippi deserved Katrina for voting for G.W. Bush? Who said newly elected Mass Sen. Brown was a "Joke"?

Wonder why he retired...he can't do anything else except toke and wreck cars. Could be he thought he was going to lose?

Posted by: wjc1va | February 12, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure another unemployed Kennedy will come out of the woodwork soon to run for Congress.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | February 12, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

If you believe their has been a love affair between the Kennedy's and the American people you have not been paying attention. The love affair has been between the sycophant media and and the people of Mass. Patrick's father did much harm in the 47 years he served and the country should be grateful that Patrick is stepping down.

Posted by: Pompey | February 12, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Good Riddance.

Posted by: dricha8548 | February 12, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Wonder how many people he's killed or caused too be killed.
If we could only put him in a room or take his license away.
Can you imagine how much stuff this jerk has done that's been covered up.
Thanks for doing everyone a favor and continue by going into isolation.

Posted by: dm99 | February 12, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

He is a curious and pathetic character. He only got to Congress because of his last name and the influence of Teddy. It is obvious that the Kennedy genes have run their course. We are all better for it.

Posted by: newhound | February 12, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish. The whole family, starting with patriarch Joe who made the family zillions starting as a rum- runner during Prohibition, is rotten to the core. But we survived this gaggle of reprobates. They're gone, we're still here.

Teddy, the worst of them all, will be remembered for about one year and then his name will fade into nothingness. His legacy will be: REPROBATE.

Posted by: clyden | February 12, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

He’ll run for the senate in Taxachusetts. The theme of his campaign will be getting “Daddy's” seat back for the Kennedy’s Family and to “The sheep er people”. The Kennedy’s are great blah, blah, blah.

Posted by: markburns1 | February 12, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

This is what you get when you are exposed to alcohol in the womb

Posted by: ohgrover | February 12, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Finally, we have something for which to thank Obama and his Dem.minions and the press. They were absolutely determined to elect this man who had no qualifications for the job and he has been absolutely determined to cram his ideas down our throats. Finally the people see in living color what the Dems goal are. Nothing good for us. This crowd of Chicago thugs couldn't manage a five car funeral procession. And that's a good thing.

Posted by: dixielee1 | February 12, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance to the last of this clan!!!This family of self-appointed aristocrats espousing socialistic ideas while living off the fruits of a free enterprise system earned by their forebearers is finally gone.

Posted by: jvr0818 | February 12, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I should like to hear news such as this once every hour.

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 12, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Great!!! The guy is a drug addict.

Should have happened a long time ago.

Now get Nancy Pelosi, Charles Rangle and Barney Frank out of there.

Posted by: SITruth | February 12, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Good ole boy Paddy Kennedy truly defined the term RHODE ISLAND RED!!!

Posted by: HopeForChange | February 12, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Time to go Teddy, Jr. You have spent more time in rehab than you have spent on the job. You no longer have any coat tails to hang onto since you cannot make it on your own.

Posted by: jackp1 | February 12, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Bye-Bye Otis, Andy and Barney should be waiting for you tonight.

Posted by: bluedawg | February 12, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

TO CHRIS C.

Have you noticed a pattern in the way democrat campaigns have been shaping up lately ?

From your story today on P Kennedy, to Chris Dodd, to many other congressional and senatorial races, even the obama race, a pattern has emerged. First the incumbent does horrible damage "mistakes". Then that incumbent is pulled out since they are a known quantity. New candidates are then run who are largely unknown and they push for the radical solution. Very much like obama.

This smells of rahm emmanuel.

It is indeed a very successful method if all you want to do is radicalize the system.

It will be very interesting to see who runs in P Kennedy's place as well as the many others who are choosing to stand aside. If they run on a platform of "change" and "don't judge me by my sparse record", it is a technique we will see used for awhile.

Posted by: binthere222 | February 12, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't like polite-icians to begin with. Government is best when government is least. However, Living in MA, I've seen the results of liberal policies. Glad to see another liberal go. Frank, Kerry, Delahunt, and Patrick are next..just not sure what order.

Posted by: tas0714 | February 12, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The America/Kennedy love affair is long overdue to come to a close. People act as if the Kennedy name was written into the Constitution. Yes, they have done good work in certain areas but the family is far from being filled with Saints. A cursory glance at the family history will uncover more skeletons than a magic shop at Halloween. Their time came and went. Now let's move on.

Posted by: deadralive | February 12, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

coward! no way he wanted to be embarressed by getting trounced!i am sure he can find a job at a 7-11. he is under qualified but he's got a good name.

Posted by: carl6352 | February 12, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

OHG in just a 24 hour period....Alexander McQueen offs himself and Patrick decides not to run....how WILL we cope?

Posted by: Yeeeech | February 12, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

This is a joke, a joke I tell you.

Ah well little Kennedy there is a song for you (sing it with an Irish lilt if you prefer). It goes nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, hey, hey, hey, GOODBYE!

Posted by: bandmom22 | February 12, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

This is wonderful news for the country! Patrick Kennedy is hands down the most unintelligent person to ever serve in the Federal government. George W. Bush is a genius by comparison. So is Homer Simpson.

I lived in Rhode Island for over ten years, and I never felt less like a citizen and more more like a defeated slave than when I lived there. I have never felt more liberated than the day I left that state for good. Imagine a state with the corruption of Chicago, D.C, or Louisiana; the politically-correct bigotry and racism of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Justice Sotamayor; the thuggish government of Stalin's Russia; and the sickening arrogance and self-righteousness of the Hollywood elite. That is Rhode Island. And Patrick Kennedy was elected to office by the voters of Rhode Island, again and again.

The fact that Patrick kennedy ever served a single day in elective office is an embarrasment. That he served as long as he did is a stain on Rhode Island's history that can never be erased.

Posted by: NOQTR4TR8RS | February 12, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I'll say it again--you wanna see some change in New England, just look at Barney Frank's district. There's finally some competition there and when that one goes, it's like dominos. Check out Sean Bielat. (I said before his site still needs some work but he's got a great background and there's starting to be a lot of buzz about the race.)

Posted by: westlake1 | February 12, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

this deeply disturbs dribbl.

Now can we get back to sliming Sarah Palin.

Posted by: drivl | February 12, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Anytime the Kennedy name comes out the most vile and ignorant slime comes out to post their illiterate and hateful screeds. Disgusting pigs.

Posted by: drindl | February 12, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, 'heavily Democratic,' a cakewalk.

Did we not hear this about a nearby state called Massachusetts?

Posted by: JuicyJuice | February 12, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Great riddance.

He can buy lots of drugs with his inheritance.


Posted by: DagnyT

Yes he can.. That's how the elite escape taxes. They put their money in foundations....It's very expensive to set up but in the end it's tax free..

Posted by: c_mcgurrin | February 12, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Come on Kid....you can do it...pop a few pills and drink some of your grand daddy's scotch....ole teddy could stand the heat...if fact teddy probably up to his azz in heat right now

Posted by: KennyC1 | February 12, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Cosign, BB's 2/11/2010 at 11:50pm post.

The Fix, for a second straight day, is unplugged from the Drudge/BroderWorld Matrix. Great stuff.
_____________

"3 House retirements spur debate on whether Republicans are losing momentum"

By Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane

"With the three latest lawmakers choosing not to seek reelection in November, Republicans will have to defend 18 open seats and Democrats 14. The raw numbers contradict the conventional wisdom that Democrats would head for the sidelines after GOP Sen. Scott Brown's special election victory Jan. 19 in Massachusetts."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021104715.html?hpid=topnews

Now THAT is "Political News & Analysis."


Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 12, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I would like to thank bobnsri. He (or she) has perfectly illustrated the "Liberal condition". Self anointed keeper of the elitist class, your disdain for the ignorant proletariat is palpable. Let all of us see right here, right now, the true heart of a Liberal. African Americans, your speech patterns, your lack of ability to spell correctly are just as intolerable to the Leftist as the ramblings of a redneck. However, YOU are tolerated because YOU are are the tools required by Elitist to show their (false)compassion and elevate their stature amongst their peers. Witness Joe Bidens comments or, Harry Reids. Slips of the tongue that display their true feelings.
Read this
"I notice a trend.
The haters are all conservatives and they can neither spell nor construct a proper English sentence.
Perhaps that is why they could never run the country very well either.
Advice to Conservatives: Go back to school, or at least get your GED."
>> Now, can you see what we are ALL up against? Elitist, haughty, arrogant, racist, prejudiced people trying to maintain a class system that insulates them from us filthy buggers that soil their world.
Thank you, thank you, thank you bobnsri. You have shown us your true nature!

Posted by: wozerd | February 12, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

To bobnsri: I find it interesting that someone who voted the idiot spawn of Ted Kennedy into office would have the nerve attack the intelligence of anyone, let alone conservatives.

Apparently Patches awoke from his drunken, pill laced stupor long enough to see the writing on the wall. Now he can return to his village, as they have missed their idiot. Let's just hope he takes public transit.

Posted by: KJS1953 | February 12, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Good let him get a real job. Kennedy's have been on the public dole for decades.
Unfortunately he will probably get a job at Goldman Sachs or AIG.....

Posted by: c_mcgurrin | February 12, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

gotta love this comment from lib-diot Bobnsri:

"I notice a trend.

The haters are all conservatives and they can neither spell nor construct a proper English sentence.

Perhaps that is why they could never run the country very well either.

Advice to Conservatives: Go back to school, or at least get your GED."

Let me help you out, Bobbo:

1. Insert a comma after "conservatives" in the first sentence.
2. Insert comma after "perhaps" in the second sentence.
3. "Conservatives" is not capitalized in the last sentence.
4. Ditto "go."
5 Remove the comma after "school" in that sentence.
6. Insert commas after "or" and "at least" in that sentence.

Don't get me wrong, that's not bad writing for a lib-idiot - six errors in four sentences. It's just the hypocrisy that's despicable.

Posted by: tompain | February 12, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Another unelectable coward. Stay as long as it's easy, run away at the first sign of trouble.

Posted by: dontreadonme | February 12, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

tigman_2 believes that "Kennedy Haters" cast no reflection in the mirror? No,Tig that would be vampires, those who are blood suckers, welfare recipients, you know, dumbocrats...

The People are finally waking up to that fact...

Posted by: Theory1 | February 12, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

"Kennedy's seat, which includes the northeastern reaches of the state, is strongly Democratic. President Barack Obama won the seat by 32 points in 2008 while Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) carried it by 26 points in 2004."

When did Nobama win the seat in Rhode Island? I was hoping that Kennedy would run again; I was looking forward to seeing him get creamed in the election.

Posted by: billriordan | February 12, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

What,one less Kennedy, WONDERFULL.

Posted by: sam51 | February 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Is this the same DRUNKEN PILL POPPER that called SENATOR BROWN a loser? What a SCUMMY Family.

Posted by: GoomyGommy | February 12, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Apparently he sobered up briefly and saw a poll showing he didn't have a snowball's chance of reelection.

First time no kennedy in elected office in 60 years? Sounds like getting a cure for a vile social disease at long last...

Posted by: jsanderssr | February 12, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

A Lieutenant Colonel and state representative gets in his truck, no political support system, works an entire state, and wins the seat vacated by (not owned by) Ted Kennedy.

Patrick Kennedy's comment? Brown's election is a joke.

This guy Patrick, who had everything handed to him, who gets so stoned he drives into a police barricade at the Capitol in the middle of the night (on his way to vote on something, if you can believe that!) and he has the nerve to say that Scott Brown's election was a joke.

I'll bet he WAS going to lose the election, despite what this somewhat biased article said.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | February 12, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

I notice a trend.

The haters are all conservatives and they can neither spell nor construct a proper English sentence.

Perhaps that is why they could never run the country very well either.

Advice to Conservatives: Go back to school, or at least get your GED.


Posted by: bobnsri | February 12, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Outstanding! One more left-wing liberal out! And a Kennedy to boot?! Are you listening, President Obama? Health Care Reform? Dead. Global warming? Have you seen all of the record snow fall lately? Where is crazy Al Gore screaming about global warming now? Probably helping John Edwards with a jacket cover intro for his book... Yeah, you liberal idiots are done for a while, but please, keep the haters Olberman and Chris Matthews talking. And no Kennedys in Congress? Now THAT is something worth celebrating!

Posted by: capitolguy | February 12, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. He saw the writing on the wall and is getting out while he is ahead. Maybe someone will bring some dignity to the post he is abandoning.

Posted by: rick65 | February 12, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

NumbersUSA, concerned with patriotic immigration reform, i.e., honest border enforcement and no hidden amnesties, gives Patrick Kennedy an overall career grade score of "F-."
- - - -
Border Control + Immigration Moratorium = Job, Crime and Eco Sanity.

Posted by: tma_sierrahills | February 12, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Awwwww. What a shame.

It's curious how the media has sold the preposterous idea that the country will somehow be lost without the influence and lofty (im)moral "guidance" of the Kennedy clan in congress.

Life goes on. Deal with it.

Maybe the Kennedys can make a comeback in 10 to 40 years, but for the time being it will be good to have them gone for a while.

Posted by: ttj1 | February 12, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

This is wonderful news and has certainly brightened my day. I just hope it isn't a "joke".

Posted by: VA_Skylark | February 12, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

All smoke and mirrors. He is probably going to say next week, "I have received thousands of phone calls to change my mind, and I will be running". Remember when his father did this after Chappaquiddick???(we never did know how many people asked for Teddy's resignation) I don't trust you Patrick.

Posted by: blackirishblonde | February 12, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

He and his supporters point to the death of his father as just too much for him to handle. The rest of us who lose a parent in old age carry on, go to work, and both mourn and celebrate the parent. Is Kennedy grief somehow more intense and important than the average person's grief? Also, as a great Democratic crusader, he now chucks it all when his party faces a little pressure? His father would never have done that.

Posted by: rag91354 | February 12, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

They never run when they're sure they can't win. The Kennedy name can't carry you to high positions anymore. It's all over & about time.

Posted by: rstarce | February 12, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

"Good luck Mr. Kennedy. Your family has given more to Mass. and the state has not appreciated it. How in the world could the people of Mass. elect a little known repugnant to a seat in congress once occupied by Senator Kennedy? Ungreateful!

Posted by: truth1 | February 12, 2010 7:43 AM"

How? Well it's easy: people are SICK and tired of cronyism, out of control spending, behind closed door policy making, and the way you dimocrats are destroying this nation within (exactly the thing you people accused the "repugnants" of doing!). Get used to it, "truth1" because there are more uprootings like this coming down the pipe.

And finally, there is a lot of irony in the so-called "Green" policies that the Kennedys loved, yet not ONE of them supports wind mill farms off the coast of Mass. Hypocrite much?

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | February 12, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Thank God this spoiled drugged out drunken brat is Quitting! When I think of the Kennedy legacy the words WHITE TRASH best describes that family. The Term public service was invented by Old Joe Kennedy for politics, or license to steal. May they all rot with Teddy!

Posted by: kirby1776 | February 12, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Could you please tell me how your other article in the Post today that claims the GOP is "losing steam" because of retiring Representatives doesn't apply in the case of the DemocRATS? Talk about bias. Denigrate the GOP, laud the DemocRATS. You are a buffoon.

Posted by: kavalair | February 12, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Yeah - if anyone runs into this dummy at the unemployment office ask him about the rape charges in Newport, RI...that's gotta be distracting!

Posted by: barryO2 | February 12, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

What a coward. Kennedy just pretty much handed that seat over to a Republican at the time of Democrats most need. What a fair weather friend.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | February 12, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse


Great riddance.

He can buy lots of drugs with his inheritance.


Posted by: DagnyT | February 12, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance. This one was useless even by "Kennedy" standards.

Posted by: Forlibertyssake | February 12, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Now he can commit more of his energies to his true love: Popping Pills and Drinking

Posted by: OhTheHumanity | February 12, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

What happened to the notion that "Kennedys don't quit?"

It is time for Teddy Kennedy Jr. to step up. Congress needs some crusaders for justice -- to cure the nation of officially-enabled ills such as this:

SECRET HOMELAND PROGRAM SILENTLY IRRADIATES THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WITH HARMFUL MICROWAVES FROM CELL TOWER 'DIRECTED ENERGY' WEAPON SYSTEM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Regional Homeland Security- administered fusion centers use a nationwide microwave/laser electromagnetic microwave/laser "directed energy" weapon system to silently torture, impair, neurologically and physically subjugate citizens deemed to be dissidents or undesirables -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight.

• Victims' own cell phones may be used to target them for silent impairment.

• How a young FBI agent's "I believe you" gave victim the faith to go public.

JOURNALIST EXPOSING SILENT GOV'T MICROWAVE CELL TOWER TORTURE HELD HOSTAGE TO A POLICE-PROTECTED 'COMMUNITY WATCH' GESTAPO

• Bucks County, PA- based MAGLOCLEN fusion center: "Mid-Atlantic States Ground Zero of a Multi-Agency Federal-Local American Gestapo"

• When will Obama administration stop covering up -- and act to restore the rule of law?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 12, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Patches must have seen the handwriting on the wall......

Now we just need to void the retirement plans of Congressman and Senators and put them under Social Security like the rest of us.......

With Congress under Social Security, does anyone want to bet how long it would take them to fix Social Security?

Posted by: ed357 | February 12, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

"My father instilled in me a deep commitment to public service,"

Let's get something straight here. It's not "public service" when you're paid more than you're worth; when you have a virtual army of staffers and researchers; access to Daddy's rolodex; and the resources of a national political party that has an entrenched, self-serving santizing squad devoted to spinning Kennedy and Clinton bad behavior. Patrick Kennedy gave up nothing when he entered "public service". In fact, you'd be hard pressed to imagine him in another line of work that could have provided with him with so much for the cost of a social science degree.
IOW, good riddance.

Posted by: Marrigan | February 12, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

The Kennedys -- The Borgias of American politics. Good riddance.

Posted by: DenisH | February 12, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Mothers..........don't let your children grow up to be self-serving self-righteous elite liberal/progressives........end of story.

Posted by: allenridge | February 12, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

"I find it "odd" that haters, (like members of the KKK) always mask their identity. Why?
....Just an observation....

Posted by: bobnsri | February 12, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse"

they do so to hide the dem beneath the mask...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 12, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

The Kennedys -- The Borgias of American politics. Good riddance.

Posted by: DenisH | February 12, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Good luck Mr. Kennedy. Your family has given more to Mass. and the state has not appreciated it. How in the world could the people of Mass. elect a little known repugnant to a seat in congress once occupied by Senator Kennedy? Ungreateful!

Posted by: truth1 | February 12, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

kmswanso ~ Rosemary Kennedy didn't hold public office. Alas, she "misbehaved" in some manner so her father had her lobotomized.

Young Teddy had some disagreements in college and was expelled. Bet he was quaking in his boots ~ I've always suspected his older brothers got him into the Army to take him out of Old Joe's reach.

"Dysfunctional" is one of those words that keeps popping up in any discussion of the Kennedy clan.

I do believe folks who know what they're doing have finally gotten to Patrick ~ he has nearly insurmountable problems that cannot be addressed as long as he's screwing around playing Congress.

Glad to see him step down. Now if we could find some more Democrats to do that.

Posted by: muawiyah | February 12, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Patrick Kennedy is well behind in the polls in Rhode Island. Speaking with relatives who live there, he has become unpopular and there was no way he was going to win re-election. Word has it that the family encouraged him not to run to save yet another family embarrassment. Smart move.

Posted by: PittAlum | February 12, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

LOOKS LIKE THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING FED UP WITH THE KENNEDYS. Plus, if they won't just give the seat to a Kennedy, well he won't work for it. That'll show 'em! Take your ball and go home! Try not to hit ant steel posts on the way out!

Posted by: TexRancher | February 12, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

What do you want to bet that he will re-establish his residency in MA to start another Kennedy 'dynasty'. The Kennedys cannot believe that they are not automatically entitled.

Posted by: BeanerECMO | February 12, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Patrick Kennedy announced his retirement today so that he could focus more intensely on capturing Mary Jo Kopechne's killer. While his departure from office marks the end of an era, Mr. Kennedy won't be totally absent from public politics. In a bold move, Kennedy is teaming up with former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry in search of the crack dealer who ripped them off.

Posted by: freepost | February 12, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Yeah - now how about the Bushes and Clintons following suit? Time for citizen legislators and public servants.

Posted by: jburnetti | February 12, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

'tis interesting that the only folks that appear to miss the Kennedy family are the ones that needed an interview to meet a deadline. The media and Kennedy clan lovefest was self-serving and not inspiritational to most Americans. Scrub the walls and floors- been 60 years since no Kennedy was in DC.

Posted by: JohnnyGee | February 12, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

I find it "odd" that haters, (like members of the KKK) always mask their identity. Why?
....Just an observation....

Posted by: bobnsri | February 12, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

finally an end to the kennedy BS. the old crook started it with his criminal carreer and the rest or them used the $$$$ to advance their political journeys.the rats are running out of famous names. do not believe billarys will make it much longer

Posted by: pofinpa | February 12, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Thank You Congressman Kennedy for representing my district in Congress.
You brought jobs and federal funds to Rhode Island.
You never stopped caring about your district.
I was always proud to call you my MY Congressman.
You are a good and decent man. I wish you nothing but peace and good health.
Once again, "Thank You"

Robert Blanchard
North Smithfield, RI

Posted by: bobnsri | February 12, 2010 6:17 AM | Report abuse

WHAT A GREAT THING TO HEAR AT 5:00 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. AMERICA WILL BE FREE OF THE MOST "DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY IN AMERICA. THE ONLY REASON THID DRUD ADDICT WAS EVER ELECTED WAS HIS NAME AND THEN THE MORONS IN RI KEPT RETURNING HIM. AFTER SCOTT BROWN PRAISED HIM FOR BEING SO NICE WHEN THEY MET, THEN A WEEK LATER THE MORON SPOKE BAD ABOUT SCOTT.THIS DRUG MORON DIDN'T HAVE THE CLASS,BRAINSOR BALLS TO ANNOUNCE THIS DECISION LIVE ON TV.

Posted by: otisplumber | February 12, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

THANK YOU, GOD


The Kennedys, like the tenured teacher unions, haven't been any good in 30+ years.

Next: get rid of all the STEAL-O-CRATS in public academia.

Posted by: russpoter | February 12, 2010 5:33 AM | Report abuse

Poor Patches...
No one to "Handle" him when he gets into trouble. No one arriving from Southie to hold his hand.

Drunk and stupid on Vicodan and Vodka is no way to go through life son.

For whom will the Kennedy Rumpswabs will hitch their wagon to now??

Posted by: ANTILIB | February 12, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy has acknowledged being treated for cocaine use during his teenage years, and admitted that he abused drugs and alcohol while he was a student at Providence College.

During Easter weekend in 1991, Kennedy and his father were in Palm Beach, Florida, along with Patrick's cousin, William Kennedy Smith. At Au Bar, the 23-year-old Patrick met a 27-year-old Testas Restaurant waitress, Michelle Cassone, and Smith met another woman, Patricia Bowman. Both women returned with the Kennedys to the family's beachfront retreat, where a series of events took place that resulted in Smith being charged with raping Bowman. The prosecution alleged that the three Kennedys collaborated to cover up this alleged crime. In a widely covered trial, Smith was acquitted.[5]

In 2000, Kennedy was accused of pushing a female security guard at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. City prosecutors ultimately decided not to bring criminal charges against him and he paid an undisclosed civil settlement to the alleged victim almost two years later.

Also in 2000, Atlantic Navigation Company of Mystic, Connecticut, claimed that a boat they rented to Kennedy was found abandoned off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, with US$28,000 worth of damage.

In 2003, Kennedy was criticized for saying "I have never worked a f u c k i n g day in my life", which his staff later claimed was a satirical reference to repeated charges of never having worked.

In 2007, the Kennedy camp stated that they would retain $6,600 in donations from convicted Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu. Kennedy is one of the few Democrats not to return or donate these contributions.

On May 4, 2006, Kennedy crashed his 1997 Ford Mustang convertible into a barricade on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at 2:45 a.m. A Fraternal Order of Police[clarification needed] official said the congressman had appeared intoxicated when he crashed his car, but Kennedy claimed that he was merely disoriented from prescription medications Ambien and Phenergan Anonymous sources are alleged to have seen Kennedy drinking at the nearby Hawk & Dove bar prior to the accident

Posted by: fury60 | February 12, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse


The Kennedys were great when we needed royalty in America who drove drunk and chased women.

It seems that Obama has proven that we're over that.

You can serve the public without servicing them.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 12, 2010 4:50 AM | Report abuse

After Ground Hog Day comes Kennedy hater Day. Difference is that Kennedy haters never throw a shadow or have a visible reflection in a mirror.

Posted by: tigman_2 | February 12, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse


At least the streets of D.C. will be safer.

Funny how Cillizza points out who the potential replacements are, and then mentions that the Republicans will also have a candidate.

Probably true, but is that really good reporting?

Posted by: postfan1 | February 12, 2010 3:25 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the rats are leaving the sinking ship in droves ???

Maybe he see's the potential hand writing on the ballot !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | February 12, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

This dope sees the writing on the wall. He'd get his red headed butt handed to him on a platter if he ran..

Posted by: wewintheylose | February 12, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

hey pat dude...

of course you will get your flame club...

do me a favor and log in and SHINE THEM ON!

(__!__) < ----- from PAT!!!


:)

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | February 12, 2010 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Jackie gave us Camelot,,,,,while Jack chased camel toe.

Posted by: dashriprock | February 12, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Patrick kennedy is pure shanty Irish trash.
Riding on a name, that has been nothing short of a pox, on the good Irish people of this country.

Good riddance.

Posted by: dashriprock | February 12, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy saw the handwriting on the wall.

Posted by: annlawler26 | February 12, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Kennedy saw the handwriting on the wall.

Posted by: annlawler26 | February 12, 2010 2:04 AM | Report abuse

Chris, you may want to check your copy here:

President Barack Obama won the seat by 32 points in 2008 while Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) carried it by 26 points in 2004.

I think you mean "won the district", right? If Obama won the seat, he would be the congressman, I think, you know more about this than I, but that is the way I read it.

Posted by: top-gorilla | February 12, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Thank God he is gone, we finally got rid of the last parasite from this criminal family. His grandfather was bootlegger and a whitecollar criminal at the same level of Michael Milken and Ivan Bosky, his father was a murderer, he has a cousin who is a murderer, another rapist, a child molester, and one who was so dumb he had more money than brains who bought a plane and would not trust the instrutments and crashed head first into the Long Island sound.

Posted by: RIer | February 12, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

So long to this embarrassment to the Kennedy family. His comments after Scott Brown's victory were so cringe inducing, it is a relief that he will no longer be called upon to disgrace himself and his family further.

Posted by: jrwaw | February 12, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Whatever one's political opinion, it's sad that the last member of a family which has sacrificed so much for this country, esp. in public service--whatever the original motivation may have been--is retiring. What have those of YOU who gloat so nastily contributed to this country? Petty little people.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | February 12, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse
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There still is a member of the Kennedy family in public service...right now he is the Governor of California.

Posted by: wolfcastle | February 12, 2010 1:29 AM | Report abuse

sverigegrabb I agree with you about Kennedys in general (what an odd expression!) but not this one in particular.

In any case, http://www.adherents.com/largecom/com_romcath.html offers the following:

Top 10 U.S. States with Highest Proportion of
Catholics in the Population, 1990
State Number Percent
Rhode Island 633,427 63.12%
Massachusetts 2,961,359 49.22
Connecticut 1,374,747 41.82
New Jersey 3,189,315 41.26
New York 7,280,488 40.47
Louisiana 1,369,154 32.44

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 12, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

37thand0stree wrote, "There must be some reason behind this that we don't know about. It really is kind of sad.


I can't imagine him running from a race because he believes the Republicans will be strong.

It must be a personal matter.

Well.

I guess it is time for Caroline to finally step up and run in New York - and one of Bobby Kennedy's kids should run - I would imagine that one of Bobby Kennedy's kids will challenge Scott Brown and probably will win.

.

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yea, i agree. it's kind of sad, but like you said, it must be a personal matter.

we can't force patrick kennedy to run or stay in office... he has his life, and he must put his life ahead of ours.

maybe sometime soon, another kennedy will run.

(i'm still hoping caroline kennedy runs... i'm not in her state, but i'll move there if she does...)

:D

Posted by:

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | February 12, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse


Another Democrat bailing out before being voted out in the November Purge.

Support Higher Taxes
Support Bigger Gov't
Support Larger Deficits


Vote for Democrats in 2010

Posted by: Soloflexerus | February 12, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

To douglaslbarber,

I'm intrigued at your stating that RI is the most Catholic state in America. Really? I would have though it was LA, with its French and Spanish roots.

To many of the rest of you, your glee over this turn of events ill becomes you as adults and--to give you the benefit of the (excessive) doubt--as intelligent commentators on this political blog.

Whatever one's political opinion, it's sad that the last member of a family which has sacrificed so much for this country, esp. in public service--whatever the original motivation may have been--is retiring. What have those of YOU who gloat so nastily contributed to this country? Petty little people.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | February 12, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

There must be some reason behind this that we don't know about. It really is kind of sad.


I can't imagine him running from a race because he believes the Republicans will be strong.

It must be a personal matter.

Well.

I guess it is time for Caroline to finally step up and run in New York - and one of Bobby Kennedy's kids should run - I would imagine that one of Bobby Kennedy's kids will challenge Scott Brown and probably will win.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | February 12, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

So,yet another Democrat Liberal bites the
dust and what makes it even better this
one last name is Kennedy! Good Bye!

Posted by: SandyKay09 | February 12, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: sdavis4 | February 12, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm curious what role the Catholic Bishop of Providence, Bishop Thomas Tobin, played in Patrick Kennedy's electoral calculus.

Rhode Island is, I think I've read, the most Catholic state in the nation, and Bishop Tobin is a straight shooter, neither liberal nor conservative, just Catholic, and fearless.

It would be ironic and interesting if the last Kennedy serving in the federal government were to abandon his office rather than continue a debate with his Catholic bishop.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 12, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

:::: smiling BIG over here ::::

Posted by: DebraJMSmith | February 12, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing most of the conservatives posting here are preteens who delight in typing naughty words that mommy won't wash their mouths out with soap for

Posted by: Noacoler | February 12, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

This will be the first time a Kennedy will not be in Congress or in the White House since 1947. Perhaps this family did a lot of lying and there were scandals as well. The thing that appears in top of my mind in regards to this issue relates to Rosemary Kennedy. Rosemary was a sister to JFK, Bobby, and Ted Kennedy. She had either a psychological or developmental disability and was lobotomised in 1941 at the age of 23. After her lobotomy, she was sent away to St. Coletta's in Wisconsin and I have read that her family didn't see her for at least 20 years.

Before John Kennedy became president the family lied about Rosemary. The family said she was a teacher in Wisconsin and later said she suffered from meniginits and was in an institution. After John Kennedy became president, the family revealed Rosemary had a developmental disability. I have read "Sins of a Father" by Ronald Kessler and articles saying that Rosemary didn't have a developmental disability but a psychological instead. Prior to her lobotomy, Rosemary kept diaries and was able to do math.

I believe the Kennedys treated Rosemary very badly before and after her lobotomy. I would also have outbursts if I had to compete against my eight other siblings and discover that I was not doing well. I wish Joseph Kennedy allowed his sons and daughters to be their own individuals. I believe the Kennedy Family deserved their curse after how badly Rosemary was treated. So I will be thankful next January when a Kennedy is not in Washington.

Posted by: kmswanso | February 12, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: destinjerry | February 12, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

mr kennedy, it's a shame you won't run again. this only makes me sadder after hearing caroline kennedy saying she wouldn't run for that open senator spot this past year.

the kennedy dynasty is the *ONLY* dynasty i have enjoyed in my lifetime, and i am 50 years old.

i do respect your decision though, as it is obviously your life, and i wish you, your family, and even caroline (since i mentioned her), the best of the best.

take care my friend.

me.

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | February 12, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

douglaslbarber wrote; "Worth noting is that it became painfully apparent at Senator Kennedy's funeral that his most articulate son is Edward Jr. - and a very articulate son he is."

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what a lame comment. hey douglaslbarber.. are you gay? is this kind of a subtle way of saying you are attracted to edward jr? does he know this?

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | February 12, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

The bad news for Democrats is that Republicans can win this seat. Kennedy took the seat after Republican Ron Machtley left it to run for Governor (he lost the primary to Lincoln Almond). The good news for Democrats is that Kennedy was able to do so in 1994 of all years. Democrats should definitely win here, but a strong GOP candidate can possibly make things interesting.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | February 11, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I met him once in passing and he was a very polite, kind, articulate man.

I am sure he knows a lot more about politics than any of you people, given that he actually served for 8 terms.

Instead of sitting on your butts complaining, why don't you actually try your hand at public office, if you think improvement is needed.

Posted by: kwerner311 | February 11, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

By the way - I note that Patrick Kennedy, though apparently weary of political battle, is serving out his term.

Unlike Sarah Palin, who, when it got too hot in the kitchen, fled without even fulfilling the term to which she'd sought election.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 11, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I figured this would bring out many ugly comments and was not disappointed.

Incidentally, that was a nice piece you wrote with Paul Kane. As you have said repeatedly, CC, not all retirements are created the same. I hope that chat's on for tomorrow.

Cheers!

BB

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021104715.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | February 11, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

His family most certainly offered a lot to the nation - three lives among them (Joe Jr. in WWII, JFK 1963, RFK 1968).

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 11, 2010 11:19 PM
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I wish I could believe that but the truth is otherwise.

Joe Sr. - made his millions from his mob connections.

Joe Jr. - sent to war to become a hero he pushed the wrong button on the dash board of his plane and blew himself up.

JFK - he was sent to war to become a hero too. He managed to get his PT boat run over. Every military officer knows JFK was guilty of dereliction of duty but daddy's connections got JFK a medal instead of jail.

Later on he created the missile gap lie and then created the cold war and Viet Nam to prove he and the Dems were tough on Commies.

Bobby bit the mafia hand that fed the family then spent his time trying to figure out ways to off Castro. Instead JFK was the victim and Bobby went to his grave convinced has plan to kill Castro was turned and used to kill JFK.

Teddy had his own peculiar issues.

JFK jr got down confused with up, or was it the other way round.

This is not the record of competent, successful people. These men didn't help America, rather America survived the Kennedy era. Perhaps barely.

Better for all of us, them included, if they had remained in Ireland farming potatoes.

Posted by: krankyman | February 11, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Worth noting is that it became painfully apparent at Senator Kennedy's funeral that his most articulate son is Edward Jr. - and a very articulate son he is.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 11, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

marmac5 said: "To disagree with someone in principle is more than acceptable. To disagree with someone in terms of political philosophy is to be encouraged. To post mean and vicious personal attacks against anyone, as momlee, armpeg and porchfan have done, is nothing more than contemptible. Our great nation is demeaned by citizens such as these three"

Our great nation is demeaned by people (scum) such as Patrick Kennedy. They had huge opportunities to do good for our great country, and they squandered it! Do I feel sorry for him? NO!
You criticize momlee, armpeg, and porchfan. Any of these three could have done a better job in Congress than pig Kennedy, and would have earned more respect.

Posted by: jrinmontana | February 11, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

There goes one less Kennedy for political comedians to comment on. But then again knowing little Patty he'll get in the news somehow. Plenty of police barricades to run down.

Posted by: jamespmarion | February 11, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Scumbag Communist aligned with Hugo Chavez.
Good riddance.

Posted by: Etek | February 11, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm a certified Kennedy-o-phile, and I'm glad to see Patrick stepping aside. I wish him well battling his demons, and respect his taking them private.

His family most certainly offered a lot to the nation - three lives among them (Joe Jr. in WWII, JFK 1963, RFK 1968).

To suggest, though, that winning election based on the Kennedy name in Rhode Island while evidently lacking political skills, was some sort of sacrifice to be endured for the good of the nation, is stretching the Kennedy thing beyond its value.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 11, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

More Scott Brown fallout! The Kennedy name will be erased from the Congress!!

Thank you Scott!!

And the Tea Party!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | February 11, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Between his and Murtha's multiple terms in the House, I defy anyone to point out one example of how the country is better off for these two arrogant, incompetent boobs having served in public office. Good riddance indeed...

Posted by: wma98 | February 11, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Between his and Murtha's multiple terms in the House, I defy anyone to point out one example of how the country is better off for these two arrogant, incompetent boobs having served in public office. Good riddance indeed...

Posted by: wma98 | February 11, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

To disagree with someone in principle is more than acceptable. To disagree with someone in terms of political philosophy is to be encouraged. To post mean and vicious personal attacks against anyone, as momlee, armpeg and porchfan have done, is nothing more than contemptible. Our great nation is demeaned by citizens such as these three.

Posted by: marmac5 | February 11, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

hE'S ONLY THAT WAY BECOUSE JACK HAD ALL THE MEAT.LITTLE GUY GO AWAY...

Posted by: jmounday | February 11, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Patches Kennedy was toast in November anyway. He is the poster-boy for liberal elite entitlement. Drugs, alcohol, scandal, mental illness - nothing keeps a Kennedy from their political birthright - until now!

Posted by: pgr88 | February 11, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

He's such a wonder fullllll american I only hope that when I need his help he will advocate for me.HAAAAAAAAAAAA

Posted by: jmounday | February 11, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Good.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 11, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

With daddy gone Patty can retire and spend the family money. Without his dad he was a nothing and only got respect because of his name. He'll never make it as a senator but with the Kennedy war chest he may be able to buy his way to the seat....first he needs the votes.

Posted by: MOMLEE | February 11, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to that drunken druggy spoiled rich kid, that got elected by the dopes of RI only because of the Kennedy name. Only the Democrap Socialists could be that stupid.
Oh, wait that's right. They elected another idiot, Barack Obama, who'se probably the stupidest president we've ever had.

Posted by: armpeg | February 11, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about another NE politician having done little in life but live off of a last name and a large trust fund?

Good Riddance.

Posted by: porchfan | February 11, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Smart move. He's become unpopular now, but in a few years, after laying low, but showing up several strategic times in the community, Patrick will make his comeback and run for senator.

Posted by: washpost16 | February 11, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

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