The Kennedy mystique dominated a Senate hearing on Caroline Kennedy’s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to Japan, as lawmakers spent about as much time praising her family’s legacy as they did asking questions.
For more than half a century, the Kennedys were a force in U.S. politics. Their dominance began with John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential run and lasted until the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy in 2009.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that he views Edward Snowden as “more a criminal” than a whistle blower for leaking classified documents on the U.S. National Security Agency’s spying program.
The Mad Men of the Republican Party have captured another convert. Scott Brown, the otherwise severely moderate senator from Massachusetts who won Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election two years ago, has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Blunt amendment.
Scott Brown is the only white guy on his team playing a charity basketball game at the Dunbar Y Community Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and he’s working. He huffs up and down the court in a gold tank top with a number 10 on it, maroon shorts, and Nike high-tops that make it look as if he’s got black-and-white hams strapped to the ends of his legs.
Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown drives a GMC pickup while Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren has a hybrid Ford SUV. She rakes in Hollywood cash. He draws on Wall Street. He calls her elitist. She brands him extremist.
Scott Brown trumpets his bipartisan record on television and in stump speeches, rarely mentioning that he’s a Republican in his U.S. Senate re-election bid in Massachusetts, where Democrats outnumber his party 3-to-1.