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August 27th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

End of Camelot mean end of Kennedys' influence?

 Ted Kennedy, far right, with brothers Bobby, center, and Jack in 1948.

Ted Kennedy, far right, with brothers Bobby, center, and Jack in 1948.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

(CNN) - Despite the fact that the second generation of Kennedys has so far failed to distinguish themselves to the degree that Jack, Robert and Ted did – a bunch of them have still managed to find their way into elected office.

In addition to finding a replacement for Ted Kennedy in the Senate, it's likely to become a bit of a parlor game trying to figure out who will eventually emerge as the political leader of the remainder of the Kennedy family.

Some of the possibilities include the late senator's sons Edward Kennedy Jr. and Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, who have been named as possible replacements for his seat, along with his nephew, former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy the second.

The Daily Beast reports that when Caroline Kennedy failed to launch a bid for Hillary Clinton's old Senate seat, many thought that meant the end of the Kennedy dynasty, but they point out there are several younger Kennedys who might just be waiting to step in including:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a lawyer and environmentalist.
Kerry Kennedy, who has led human-rights delegations to dozens of countries.
Christopher Kennedy, who's avoided politics up until now, but was seen as a possible replacement for Barack Obama's Senate seat.
-and Maria Shriver, wife to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has been a very involved First Lady and is considered one of her husband's closest advisers.

Here’s my question to you: Will the end of Camelot mean the end of the Kennedys' influence in America?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Brian from Boise, Idaho writes:
Jack, Certainly not. It means the opposite: there is now a power void at the top of the Kennedy chain that for decades was occupied by Ted Kennedy. The Kennedys are famous, but only one at a time: JFK, then RFK, then EMK. Had Ted Kennedy died in a way as unfortunate as his brothers, we’d be talking about a different Kennedy today. They are great not because their name defined them, but because they defined their name.

J.R. writes:
I think that with Ted Kennedy's death the Kennedy family's political influence will not be nearly as strong. But given their history of public service, I believe they will continue to serve their country and inspire people all over the world, just as Senator Kennedy would want.

Leslye writes:
As long as the Kennedy progeny remember where they came from and the call to service that was issued to their clan a long time ago, Camelot will never end.

Joe writes:
The legacy of the Kennedys, especially in politics, lies squarely on the shoulders of the three brothers. Many of the younger generation do not have the gravitas that their fathers and uncles had. The probable successor was John Jr., but of course he too has been a tragic victim of the Kennedy curse. The Kennedys influence and legacy will most likely start to wane within the next generation. In two generations, they will most likely be part of the notable families of history, but their power will be gone.

C.R. from Dominica writes:
No, Jack. I suspect in the not too distant future one of the Kennedy clan will step up and take his/her place in history. There are just too many of them for something not to happen.

Lou writes:
When we think of gaining our independence, we credit Washington and Jefferson. When we think of the end of slavery, we credit Lincoln. The Kennedy name will go down in history as the family who brought civil rights to America. Though the death of an era is always sad, how fitting that it coincides with our first black president in office.


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  1. David of Alexandria VA

    I think the dynasty has passed with Ted. Caroline's lead-balloon stab at the Senate showed that the power has dissipated substantially. There will be a few to carry on the name in Washington and a few to carry on the good works in the public domain. But, I believe that we have seen the end of any real power-succession

    August 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  2. Kyle Irvine, CA

    Caroline Kennedy seeing how she is the last one alive. That is if she is up to it

    August 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  3. Tom, Bradenton, FL

    I do not care time for a dynasty to end. We had the Kennedy's, the Bush's enough of these people. Elect representatives from the people.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  4. MIKE FROM CHICAGO

    Doesn't marriage make you part of the family?

    Why then we already have it and it is Arnold!!

    August 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  5. jenny

    Jack,

    Preferably someone who has not been in rehab. That basically eliminates most if not all of Bobby's kids. Maybe a Shriver?

    August 27, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  6. Barbara from Coral Springs, Fl

    Who cares. Is there one left who hasn't had a scandal?

    August 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  7. Melissa

    I don't think anyone will be. Until the rest of the family stops messing up their lives, they don't have one.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  8. Arlene, Illinois

    None, its time to pass on the baton!

    August 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  9. Jason, Koloa HI

    The Kennedy generation is over. Everyone knows talent skips a generation. Ask that question in twenty years Jack.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  10. John from Alabama

    Jack: The two most visible Kennedy's are Caroline and Patrick, but Katherine Kennedy Smith is the most senior after Teddy. Is she one who like attention, or would she rather delegate to someone else. There are many who would like a Kennedy in Senator Ted Kennedy Senate seat. It is a tradition that has helped Massachusetts for over 60 years.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  11. Jenna

    Who will be the Kennedy family’s new political leader?

    Ar-nuld.. Just kidding!

    I think it will be Patrick Kennedy.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    August 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  12. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, dare I say that I hope there isn't one? I have never been a Kennedy fan, I guess because I've never been fascinated with soap operas, cover ups, money power, or leftist political views. The one time I found myself agreeing with Teddy on an issue, I was traumatized for weeks.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  13. Tina Tx

    It will take decades for any of the Kennedy children to ever get near to filling the shoes of the Kennedy brothers. What a sad day for the poor of America when Teddy passed on. He always stood up for the poor even though he was a rich man and as you know most don't care for the poor at all.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Jackie in Dallas

    I'm not sure any of the surviving children of the Kennedy clan are really in a place to become the family's new political leader. I think Caroline K. Schlossberg has the potential - she certainly has had the drive in New York. With a Harvard degree, and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, she has worked tirelessly (and like her uncle, for a salary of $1) for improving education in New York, raising millions for public schools. Not to mention the two books she has written on civil liberties.

    On the other hand, in this political climate, and with the slavering, rabid, radicals out there, maybe none of them should take up the torch at this time. Look at the complaints Caroline's action of placing herself in consideration for filling Hillary Clinton's term engendered. Screams of nepotism, along with various other personal attacks were launched at her. I wouldn't blame the Kennedy clan if they said that they have lost enough blood to this country!

    August 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  15. Jane M

    I don't think the Kennedy's need a leader? Seems like the family all sort of does their own thing now. On another note, I'm feeling sad about the passing of Ted Kennedy just because there is no more Camelot without him.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  16. Joe CE

    If there is one, we probably won't know for some time.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  17. Mark in OKC

    JFK jr. was the only one that could have really stepped up to carry on the Kennedy dream, I think we will have to wait a long time for one of the Kennedy grandkids to grow up and get into politics....Obama is doing a piss poor job of creating a "New Camelot".

    August 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  18. Matt

    Jack

    Does it make a difference now? While several of the family are involved in politics and other worthwhile ventures the legacy is gone. Cynicism has replaced looking out for the greater good.

    Matt
    Rockford, IL

    August 27, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  19. Kerry Diehl

    I was hoping that Ted was the end of this dynasty! Enough is enough!!

    August 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  20. Fred R Deleon

    I don't see why Kennedy clan may need a political leader. Kennedy Clan has been, is and will be a well do family without politics. But we will never know, won't we?

    August 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  21. Paul Austin, Texas

    Kathleen Kennedy will be the new political leader of the family. She is very smart and carries her self well in public and is a good speaker. The time is right in politics for strong women. I see Kathleen joining the many strong women we now have in politics and can see her going a long way.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  22. Jayne

    There's a wealth of talent to choose from. Personally, I'm a real fan of Joe Kennedy. His work to provide affordable heating oil to people who need it has been incredibly effective and enormously important.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  23. David in Raleigh, NC

    Probably Robert Kennedy, Jr.

    The media and his family have been grooming him to take Teddy Kennedy's place in the spotlight for several years.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  24. Jack Carlson

    The so called Camelot is over. The younger ones simply "dont have the it factor".
    Jack C
    WA

    August 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  25. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    No idea Jack!

    August 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  26. JWC in Atlanta

    If you mean a national leader to carry on the Kennedy populist banner, it is Obama. If you mean leader of the family, I'm not sure it matters much any more.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  27. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    Camelot was near death... Now it is officially dead...

    Camelot was accompanied by a feeling of trust.... No more.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  28. Kerry Florida

    Absolutely not Jack! The influence of both bobby and JFK have been affecting all of us since their horrible and cowardly assassinations in the 60's and all 3 of them will continue to influence America in the best way...

    August 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  29. Denis Duffy

    Sad to say, but every era has an end. Camelot didn't last forever.
    Perhaps a new one will come along in a future generation.
    With the type of politicians we have these days, I'd rather see the mafia come back. At least we KNEW they were crooks.

    Denis
    Pittsburgh, Pa.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  30. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)

    Jack,

    The so called Camelot era ended with the untimely death of John Jr.

    Mary Joe Kopechne ended Camelot for Ted Kennedy.

    Eunice's passing is the most saddening aspect of the Kennedy clan's legacy.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  31. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    Not as long as there are Kennedys in Congress.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  32. Jim

    Jack: hopefully so, we have had more than enough of them.

    Jim
    Hoffman Estates, IL

    August 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  33. Michael Odegard

    Jack, if I wanted dynastic rule and oligarchy, then I wouldn't be an American. Besides, I prefer the myth of King Arthur to the myth of the importance of the Kennedy family.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  34. Ethel , San Jose, CA

    Hi Jack, In an ideal world, one would hope that in memory of Senator Kennedy, civility would return to the Congress. In an era of bi-partisonship, some thing might actually be accomplished. If only it only could happen!

    August 27, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Yes and especially since there is no one that is following in the footsteps of the last of the big dogs.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  36. Darren

    No, we got more than enough of all the Kennedy's influence in politics to hold this nation off until the next Kennedy throws their hat into the ring,

    August 27, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  37. Remo, Beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Yes, remember we have short attention spans.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  38. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I don't see anyone family member filling Senator Kennedy's shoes. I think Camelot has come to an end along with the the Kennedy mystique and political influence. You always seem to know the next Kennedy brother would pick up the torch of the fallen one. Now that the last brother has passed there doesn't seem to be anyone standing in the wings. It seem strange to me that people who came from such a wealthy family could understand what those less fortunate felt. When Senator Kennedy spoke it was like he was reading my mind. I always felt I had representation for an ordinary working stiff like me when Kennedy was in the senate. Now I feel alone and scared.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  39. Richard Sternagel

    No I have faith in the next generation of Kennedys' who will continue their public service.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  40. Greg, Ontario

    NO, as long as there is someone trying to get good health care for the little guy the influence will carry on. As long as there is someone like you forcing the people to think about their own opinions on the problems facing the American people the Kennedy effect will be present.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  41. Brian

    Jack,

    Certainly not. It means the opposite – there is now a power void at the top of the Kennedy chain that for decades was occupied by Ted Kennedy. The Kennedy's are famous...but only one at a time. JFK, then RFK, then EMK. Had Ted Kennedy died in a way as unfortunate as his brothers, we'd be talking about a different Kennedy today. They are great not because their name defined them, but because they defined their name.

    Brian
    Boise, ID

    August 27, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  42. Bert

    I think the political system has had enough of the Kennedy's as well as the people!

    August 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  43. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Camelot had been dying since the death of President Kennedy and met its demise on the death of Bobby Kennnedy. The younger generation of Kennedys can try to have the influence of Jack, Bobby, and Ted but they will have little success.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:34 pm |
  44. Joe in VA

    There never was a Camelot. It was all a well oiled myth and a grand PR effort, supported by much of main stream media and our wanting to believe it existed. John Kennedy's escapades would have never been covered up if he were president in today's environment. He would have been roasted alive by today's media. Things were a lot gentler in those days. The later generations of the Kennedys have shown mixed promise, suffering from the malaise that seems to afflict most 2nd or 3rd generations of wealth and power. The most promising, John Junior, is gone. Their influence is fading and will soon be minimal. The name Kennedy does not imply entitlement and future Kennedy leaders will have to make it on their own.

    Chatham, VA

    August 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  45. Alex in Seattle

    The inspiration of Americans walking on the moon, civil rights, the minimum wage, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Special Olympics all show that the Kennedy's will have an enduring influence on America whether the next generation steps up or not. The dream lives on!

    August 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  46. Steven V.

    Jack,
    With all respect to Teddy, I'm surprised he lasted so long in office. Will any of those involved in elected office now be ready to step further? We'll see. As to the end of Camelot, I sometimes think that had come when John was shot by the 3 teams in Dallas in 1963 - and not by Lee Harvey Oswald, a man who couldn't shoot straight to save his own life.

    Steven V.
    Pensacola, FL

    August 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  47. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    No, I don't think that the end of the first Camelot will mean an end of Kennedy influence in America. It will mean a change in influence as the guard changes and new faces appear to take the place of the old. The Kennedy's will continue as an important part of American politics and culture.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  48. Lisa in Shelton

    no, just as the legendary King Arthur and Camelot continue to inspire, the legacy of the Kennedy brothers will continue to influence politics whether younger Kennedys become politicians or not.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  49. STAN - IL.

    No, their are enough of the children left and they are all brilliant and will step forth and work for the ordinary person. Thet is what I liked about them, they had money, but worked very hard for everyone. They have set a good example of what it takes to get elected time after time. The party of NO needs to learn from them.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  50. Dominic Gardunio

    Jack, I don't believe that the Kennedy's influence is over because it is up to next generation of the Kennedy Clan. They don't have run for a public office, but help the people of nation like Teddy, Bobby, and Jack did when they were alive.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  51. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    I am taking a wait-and-see strategy. From my point of view none of the existing Kennedys are as popular as their famous relatives who are now all deceased, so I think the Kennedy influence will be toned down for some time.

    August 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  52. Jeff

    Camelot may be coming to an end, and the influence of the Kennedys may be waning, but there will always remain those who follow their dream of an America united under true liberalism with equal rights and fair treatment for all. Although the third-way Democrats may be popular now, they will soon go the same way as the neoconservatives. I predict a return in the near future to true liberalism and conservatism, as the growth projections for the industrialized nations began to slope off in the next few decades and big business loses its sway.

    jeff
    isla vista, ca

    August 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  53. Willow, Iowa

    Personally I think Camelot ended with the assassination of JFK. And Bobby Kennedy. The name of Kennedy will have a strong influence for many years to come. The younger generation is busy making names for themselves already. However, as my generation dies out (I'm 57 and remember when JFK was shot), Kennedy's will have to make their own name for themselves. It won't be the name anymore, it will be what they do.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  54. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    No Jack, but we'll be seeing a shadow not the real thing. Americans fundamentally don't like dynasties. Sooner or later they fall.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  55. Lisa, Dublin, Ohio

    I don't see anyone left in the family with the drive, passion and charisma that John, Bobby and Ted possessed. I believe Camelot has come to an end, as all things must. Rest in peace, Teddy.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  56. Jay in Texas

    I sure hope that Senator Kennedy's death doesn't signal the end of Kennedy influence in America and I don't think it does. The Kennedy brothers accomplished great things that benefited Americans of all races, the impoverished, the disabled, and low-income workers. I hope the younger Kennedys will carry on this work especially in fighting to achieve equal rights for gays and bisexuals.
    Brownwood, Texas

    August 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  57. Katiec Pekin, IL

    The American people have become more involved and knowledgable about politics. So, if one of the Kennedys has the qualifications,
    desire and ambition to become involved, they most certainly
    should be allowed that opportunity.
    The voters will determine the outcome on ability, etc, not on
    influence.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  58. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    It may for a short time, but one of the remaining Kennedy's children or grandchildren will pick up the torch and go forward.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  59. Ed from California

    The end of Camelot was over years ago,unfortunately. Our innocence is long past. Think, thirty years ago, twenty years ago or even ten years ago of what we had or even made in this country, and it's gone! Corporate greed, political greed, corruption in the "free market place" is the norm! You look at gang violence, Drugsales/Drug use, Murders on the rise. And it goes on and on.... This ain't Camelot!, anymore!
    This is Ed from California....."Have a Good Day"!

    August 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  60. Jim

    Jack,

    Camelot, that wondrous time when a charismatic JFK and his beautiful and elegant wife occupied the White House, ended in 1963 with JFK's assassination. We may eventually see a resurgence of that magical spirit with the Obamas. Go back and look at your descriptions of what the next generation of Kennedys is doing. Does it look like they're done influencing America? It looks to me as if they are as dedicated to serving this country as Edward Kennedy and his siblings were. Just because most of them aren't choosing politics as their profession doesn't render their good works moot or ineffective. The Kennedy family remains a profound force in this country for positive change, and a powerful friend to the common man.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    August 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  61. Mike from Denver

    Jack, if the Kennedys can get a Republican elected governor in California, they still know how to wield political power and influence.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  62. HD in Phoenix, AZ

    I guess that one can only hope. These family dynasties do not serve the best interest of the nation. All one has to do is look at the damage done to this nation by the Bush dynasty to realize that power and money are what motivate these dynasties and not democracy.

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    August 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  63. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    the person who can replace Senator Kennedy has to feel in their guts that it is a true calling to fight for the more vulnerable people in society as well as for our strong values and principles as democrats at home and abroad.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  64. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Camelot was a publicists myth. The values promoted by the Kennedys are real. Such values have been promoted by progressive minded Americans since long before the Kennedys, and will continue long afterward. We thank Ted Kennedy for the stong support he gave for civil liberty, healthcare and workers rights. And we will continue to demand that working Americans are no longer denied the rights and benefits for which they have worked for.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  65. John

    Jack....
    I think Camelot has ended. Historians will be kind, to the core 3 of the family, and not have much to say about the larger Camelot clan.
    John...
    Pampa, TX....

    August 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  66. Ray Adams, Montgomery Al

    Yes. How could anyone Kennedy or not, pick that torch up and carry it?I am a 58 year old stone cold Republican. However, I "Trusted "and "respected" Ted Kennedy. Washington has no clue what they have just lost. That alone is just as sad as his passing.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  67. Richard J. Gottlieb - in Queretaro, Mexico

    There's an old saying, Jack, that the first generation makes the money, the second generation maintains the money and the third generation squanders the money. From Joe Sr. until now, this seems to apply with the Kennedy's in politics.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  68. Brian Smith PhD

    I sure as heck hope so. The influence was tainted by privilege. I don't know why America is so willing to sweep this under the carpet. Pain and simple at Chappaquiddick Ted Kennedy had typically drunk himself blind. Far too drunk to drive he missed the narrow bridge. He flipped his car off the bridge. Mary Jo Kopechne drown. To cover it up Kennedy waited until he sobered up before he went to the sheriff. Kennedy committed felony manslaughter and got away with it. Result: Kennedy lived 77 years of privilege, while poor Kopechne was robbed of her life. But oh no. America won't face that.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  69. Wilhelm von Nord Bock

    I don't think the power of the Kennedy name in Democratic politics will ever really "end" BUT no one you listed has ever shown the fortitude to be a Jack, Bobby or Ted.

    and that's a shame for average working and poor people in America.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  70. James in Alabama

    I seriously doubt that the Kennedy influence in government will end with the death of Senator Kennedy. There's too many young Kennedy's coming up and with their family tradition of public service, it's almost certain that more of them will emerge in the political arena, although it make take a while for that to happen.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  71. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack
    compared to the spotlight shone on Jack, Bobby, Teddy, and even John Junior, the media barely covered and rarely mentioned Eunice Kennedy but you could never say she had no lasting impact on America and on the world. You don't have to hold office to be "a Kennedy" .
    When you get right down to it, Jack, what makes a Kennedy a Kennedy is the indomitable optimism and courage that embodies being "American" its finesest sense.

    Pablo
    Arlington Texas

    August 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  72. Albert K.. L.A, CA

    I think America is ready to elect more females to high positions. J.F.K.’s daughter, Caroline, is a smart attorney from Columbia Law School, editor, author and she is has Camelot in her blood. She has not yet held public office but that cannot be held against her when you consider the support Sarah Palin has and she can’t even tell you what books or magazines she reads.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  73. mack from michigan

    They're still rich right! Don't make me explain how democracy works! If I win that big lottery this week I will suddenly be "smart" enough to be influencial in american politics!

    August 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  74. honestjohn in Vermont

    The illusion of the Kennedy Camelot ended quite some time ago and it was during a different era, a different time and place. Back then it was certainly a very different world in so many ways. However, the younger Kennedys I am sure will continue, each in their own way to do good works for America and Americans and to follow in the oversize footsteps of John, Bobby and Ted. Although none of them may rise to the political heights of their elders...I am confident the Kennedys will continue to make a positive difference in the future.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  75. Lisa Renee Novak

    I believe with the passing of senator Ted Kennedy that the congress will pass the healthcare bill

    August 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  76. Lisa Renee Novak

    I am from Youngstown,ohio with the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy I believe that his influence will live on and that with his influence within the congress that there will be so many things that the healthcare bill will be passed

    August 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  77. JOHN

    Newsflash!! Camelot died on November 22, 1963. From then on it was downhill for the Kennedy clan. First Bobby's assasination, next Teddy's missteps, then a host of big time problems for the next generation, then the coup-de-grace John Jr.,'s death There is no one left with the smarts, empathy, and political savvy that the "brothers three" had

    August 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  78. Chad from Los Angeles

    I hope not, from your descriptions the youngsters seem like good people with good causes.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  79. Gigi

    Camelot my foot. the Kennedy's lives have been full of sorrow, death, and loneliness just to mention a few things. Anything but idealized beauty, peacefulness, and enlightenment. But they did stir the people to put self aside and care about their neighbor and those less fortunate.. That may all go away. But hopefully not. Maybe the next generation will come alive and turn this country around. To care about others and prove there is joy in serving.
    Oregon

    August 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  80. Marietta

    No.... great men like theses always leave their foot prints in the sand...it never washes away...their fruits of their labor will always be there and fondly remembered..others only left their heel the waters rise and the sand washes away their heel print never to be remembered..

    August 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  81. Dee in Florida

    Why should it be? Maybe the governor of Massachusetts will appoint a family member to fill Ted's seat if that is the way MA law provides for filling the Senate seat of a deceased member). Maybe it would be Maria Shriver!

    That would be OK with me, if I lived in MA.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  82. rlandschoot

    no, another diety will take their place, remind people of Camelot, and things won't get better unless common sense previals in Washington.

    bobl pince city ny

    August 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  83. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    I'm afraid so Jack. As big as Rome's empire was it finally fell after a thousand years.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  84. Dennis North Carolina

    This is not the end of camelot or the dream. a new generation will rise and take their place. I would not rule out Caroline because her role could be family clan leader. she does not have hold office to be a important leader. politics in new york are dirty and she did not want to play their game which was new york's loss not hers.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  85. Jim Drake

    Yes! I truly believe that now that Kennedy has passed that all liberal, socialist policies will disappear as well. We will see government in complete harmony and a brighter future as they regulate what women can do with their bodies, how science is administered in accordance with scripture, and how medical care will be rationed to those who can afford to pay. Yes, Jack, today is a new beginning as we follow Republican leader Rush Limbaugh and his party of loonies right to the gun store to protect our rights against those who cannot or will not help themselves or listen to what’s good for them!

    August 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  86. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    It probably will. I don't think the younger Kennedys have the passion or the commitment to jump into politics the way their uncles and fathers did. With the passing of Teddy, Camelot is truly just a memory now.

    August 27, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  87. Rory Murray

    Jack,
    I certainly hope so. America should NOT have a "royal family".
    Teddy got away with MURDER because of his wealth and influence.
    Have A Great Weekend!
    -Rory Murray

    August 27, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  88. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The Kennedy's influence will always be felt in all areas of our society. Maybe not as much in politics but in human rights, charity, compassionate human causes, this is influence where it really counts.

    The Kennedy family will always have my blessing and thanks.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  89. Linda in Arizona

    No, the Kennedy family will always be influential. And what are you talking about anyway? "Camelot" ended November 22, 1963.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  90. Louise

    Maria is the bearer of the torch. It was passed when Teddy spoke with Caroline and told her to wait.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  91. Ben in Maryland

    It will never be the same. None of those you mentioned have shown the political savvy, intelligence, intellect or dedication that Jack, Bobby and Ted had.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  92. Jackie in Dallas

    I’m not sure any of the surviving children of the Kennedy clan are really in a place to become the family’s new political leader. I think Caroline K. Schlossberg has the potential — she certainly has had the drive in New York. With a Harvard degree, and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, she has worked tirelessly (and like her uncle, for a salary of $1) for improving education in New York, raising millions for public schools. Not to mention the two books she has written on civil liberties.

    As for the ones you mentioned, I doubt any of them have the full Kennedy charisma. Maria could have, but married to a Republican who has marked anti-liberal views, I think that has nullified the Camelot glow.

    On the other hand, in this political climate, and with the slavering, rabid, radicals out there, maybe none of them should take up the torch at this time. I wouldn’t blame the Kennedy clan if they said that they have lost enough blood to this country!

    August 27, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  93. Dave

    Jack I don't think so. The money they have and what they stand for will never go out of style and I truly believe that we haven't heard the last of the Kennedys'.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  94. Jasmine in Germany

    Certainly not, Jack. The Kennedys (let's not forget the Schrivers) have done so much for our country and the world. I can especially see Robert Jr., Kerry, and Christopher continuing to open doors for human rights and environment. I also can see Caroline coming forward again. These familes have the education, know-how, and willingness to serve. They have been working hard in their respected fields for many years and have kept family tradition and values, which, by the way are very "American". Let them continue to do so and let's see what happens.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  95. Kristin

    I think Camelot will end when Senior's money runs dry.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  96. joe m

    the legacy of the kennedys, especially in politics, lies squarely on the shoulders of the three brothers. many of the younger generation do not have the gravitas that their fathers and uncles had. the probable successor was John Jr, but of course he too has been a tragic victim of the kennedy curse. the kennedys influence and legacy will most likely start to wane within the next generation. in two generations, the kenndys will most likely be part of the notable families of history, but their power will be gone.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  97. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    Jack we all have influence in America, we just aren't related to the Kennedy's. Joe Kennedy groomed his sons for public service. If none of the younger generation care to carry the torch it's their choice. We need more open minded upright people in politics, if they happen to be a Kennedy that's fine.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  98. lou

    When we think of gaining our Independence we credit Washington and Jefferson. When we think of the end of slavery we credit Lincoln. The Kennedy name will go down in history as the family who brought civil rights to America. Though the death of an era is always sad, how fitting that it coincides with our first black president in office.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  99. ken jefferson city mo

    Jack, this a different society not one family can influence our lives
    not even the Obama's.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  100. Judie Williams EL Lago

    Jack:

    Hopefully even tho the last page has been turned, the Kennedy influence/legacy will remain, and hopefully become even stronger.

    If the younger generations were to truly read of and study this family, they would learn what service they contributed, each in their own way, and perhaps ones will recommit to these.

    If one listens closely they can hear the lion's roar.

    Judie/Texas

    August 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  101. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    There is no quit in a Kennedy. It is genetic. 80% of human behavior is determined by genetics. The whole reason Ireland is a free country today with voting rights for the Catholics is because Irish like the Kennedys know how to beat a dead horse right back to life. It never ends; the dream goes on.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  102. Devin

    I hope not, but really who do the kennedys have that can really emerge and lead the kennedy dynasty. Sadly we have all lost in this case not just the state of massachusetts. God Bless Ted and his memory.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  103. Jonathan Ford

    Ted Kennedy was a True Lion. Hopefully During the Recess of Congress, people will look at his life, and put squables aside to pass the healthcare bill. It is a people's fight against unnacountable persons ( aka the insurance companies ). Someone said is there any members left in Congress to continue his legacy, I can think of one principle man, Dennis Kucinich. He has stood his ground on issues, and is a real democrat, not the liberal hawk breed!

    August 27, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  104. Marlene Brubaker

    We are all called to examine ourselves and see if we meet the benchmark set by the Kennedy public service model. Reflecting on Teddy's level of commitment to causes he chose to engage in, we should all feel ashamed for falling short. Instead of looking under every rock for the 'next' Kennedy to engage in public service and sacrifice, we should all pick up the mantle. Every day for the last 47 years, he did something he didn't have to do, get up and go to work, and use his voice for those who were voiceless. His sense of duty must now be adopted by all of us. I challenge those Republicans who have stood in the way of healthcare-for-all for 47 years to step into Teddy's shoes and do the right thing for all Americans.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  105. John - Carlsbad, CA

    Jack

    As long as the Kennedy family is as rich as they are, they will have as much influence as any rich family does in this country. But if you mean will the next generation give back and be as active in making a difference in people's lives as Teddy's generation has, then the answer is NO.

    Just like the next generation of both rich and poor it is all about THEM not about giving back for the things they have been given. Greed, self importance and partying are sadly at the center of the next generation.

    John
    Carlsbad, CA

    August 27, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  106. Yvette Ballinger

    I was a child when JFK was killed in Texas. My mother made me sit in front of the TV to watch everything, the funeral, etc. Why are they saying this is the end of Camelot? Caroline was Camelot era. As long as there is a Kennedy alive there will be a Camelot. My heart goes out to all the Kennedy's. We have lost a great part of a long lived, historic man. He, like his family gone before him, will be remembered by me forever. I feel the sadness of the rest of the country to have lost such an icon. He was truly a great man!

    August 27, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  107. Jim Necci

    Let's hope so...........

    August 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  108. Leslye Joy Allen

    As long as the Kennedy progeny remember where they came from and the call to service that was issued to their clan a long time ago, Camelot will never end.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  109. ronvan

    The answer Jack: NO, they are still a family of power. However, the ones we grew up with and admired are gone. The right question is will the new gereration have the style & class of their loved ones.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  110. Barbara

    I hope one of the younger Kennedys emerges as an influential politician. But Jack and Bobby and Ted will always stand alone in my imagination and affection.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  111. Don in Minden, Louisiana

    Camelot is about more than politics. The entire clan is active in non-profit enterprises that better everyone's lives every day.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  112. Annie, Atlanta

    Camelot hasn't ended, it lives in the Kennedy descendants. If any of them decide to follow in the family footsteps, the sky’s the limit. And if there’s just one “Ted” among them, we will all be better for it.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  113. CR - Goodwill, Dominica

    No Jack
    I suspect in the not too distant future one of the Kennedy clan will step up and take his/her place in history. There are just too many of them, for something no too happen.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  114. Grayson

    Teddy was best at spending the governments and his dad's money. No other Kennedy's have this access to the taxpayers money. So, the answer is yes, this is the end of Camelot thank God – we couldn't afford anymore Kennedy generosity.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  115. Michael C.

    The political dynasty will continue well into this century.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  116. Tim

    The Kennedy's influence will continue for years even as its most prominent patriach leaves us. The direction the Kennedy's have moved our country, equality for everyone, workers rights, on and on, will be built upon by the millions who have been inspired by them.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  117. Ann

    Sen. Kennedy's death does not signal the end of the Kennedy dynasty. We need a strong voice fighting for America and its people. A Kennedy that will support our President in fighting for what is right for our country. We've lost a lion. It is now time for a lioness. I believe that Maria is the Kennedy voice that will come forward.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  118. Brian

    Jack,

    Certainly not. It means the opposite – there is now a power void at the top of the Kennedy chain that for decades was occupied by Ted Kennedy. The Kennedy’s are famous…but only one at a time. JFK, then RFK, then EMK. Had Ted Kennedy died in a way as unfortunate as his brothers, we’d be talking about a different Kennedy today. They are great not because their name defined them, but because they defined their name.

    Brian
    Boise, ID

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  119. Ray Victory

    Vero Beach, FL
    Sorry Jack, you're wrong. Sen. Kennedy's death does NOT signal the end of Camelot. The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  120. Nancy Little

    There should be no expectation that any of the next generation of the Kennedy family should enter politics to 'carry on Camelot'. That era is over. The United States does not need more nepotisim...it needs highly qualified candidates, independent of special interests, to straighten out the country. I feel very sorry that this type of media pressure is being placed upon the family. Everyone should move on.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  121. marcy from florida

    I am personally sick of the Kennedy, Bush and Clinton families.
    I hope this is the end, The only Kennedy I like is Caroline.
    May Mary Jo Kopeckne and her family now finally Rest In Peace.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  122. Shaheed Ahmed

    I don't think Kennedy's influence will ever lost in the USA. They were and are still the inspiration for millions. For instance, the endorsement of Tedd Kennedy was the single most turning point of Obama presidency. But it will be hard for 2nd generation of Kennedys' to follow the footsteps of old Kennedys.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  123. J.R.

    I think that with Ted Kennedy's death the Kennedy family's political influence will not be nearly as strong. But given their history of public service, I believe they will continue to serve their country and inspire people all over the world, just as Senator Kennedy would want.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  124. Harry Lime

    There will be no more stars from this Kennedy line. After the extraordinary generation that produced Jack, Robert and Ted, the next generations are people of limited ability. They do have great wealth and fame, but sadly no talent and at best, only average intelligence.

    Harry
    Tampa

    August 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  125. Shan Rose

    I am a 60 yr old woman who after having seen the Kennedy's in office for almost five decades thinks it is time for another "Influence" besides a Kennedy in the Senate. Camelot is over!

    August 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  126. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Someone has to carry on the dream. I hope they all do. The more the better. Step up to the plate Kennedys. Let's have a second generation President. Everyone who misses Ted should follow in his footsteps. Don't let the dream die.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  127. Casey from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

    The Kennedy's influence of America will not die, the younger Kennedy generation is still involved in the American public, and still will be as Ted Kennedy is no longer here. A Kennedy may not be in the United States Senate, but the family will still be involved in helping the poor, disavantaged, disabled in many ways.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  128. John Franks

    Jack,

    I hope this isn't the end. While the last male of the original clan may have left us, there are many others who can invoke Camelot including those who you named. But, there are many others of us who caught the Camelot bug in 1960 and have yet be cured, especially after the most recent re-exposure due to Obama's election.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  129. Jennifer Georgino

    Atlanta, GA

    Yes, the passing of Sen Ted Kennedy, as well as the passing of his nephew, JFK Jr, unfortunately, is the passing of Camelot. When JFK Jr spoke at the Dem Convention before his fateful death, I saw the fire, passion, pure love of America and civil rights – that which is purely "camelot" – which had passed from his father's generation. I have yet to see this personality in those left in the public eye in the Kennedy clan. I would love to see it however, and look forward to many of them picking up the torch, if only out of respect, honor and the legacy of public service, which their family represents.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  130. Joanna Baker

    I fear it may be the end of all I grew up to value: concern for others, communitarianism as opposed libertarianism, and perhaps most of all, civility. I am sure you will get hate filled emails in response to your question, Hate seems to be all the opposition to Kennedy is able to express. Is it all they feel???

    August 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  131. Trent Alexander

    I disagree with your premise that they must be in politics to be influental. If they are smart, they will stay out of politics but continue their public service. Politics is a very dirty and nasty business, where people will smile to your face, and gut you when your back is turned. This family has done alot for this country and made their sacrifrices for the common good of millions of people. I wish them well and know that they are going to continue to do great work for all of us.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  132. Marc Datzkiwsky

    Senator Ted Kennedy's death does not spell the end of 'Camelot' , but immortalizes it! The wealth of 'Camelot' ideals will now perpetuate through the younger Kennedys and the nation as a whole. 'Camelot' has entered eternity!! Rest in Peace, Teddy.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  133. Jan SC

    No Jack I don't think it is the end. As it is with all families things change with each generation. Those that want to go a different way,
    those that are the slackers and those that seem to connect with the traditions of the elders of the family. Sometimes they surface a little later but they are there. I heard Maria interviewed not long ago and I believe she is one of those . As for the others I am sure there is one or two more. It is the legacy of their values that makes the name not the name that creates the legacy.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  134. Fred Dean Weaver Oklahoma City

    Republicans and Blue Dog Democrates hope so. If kennedy health stayed Good we would have Kennedys health care reform and all the money Congress receive from Insurance and Drug company would be wasted.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  135. Henri Jenson

    Hopefully... it will.

    Whoever believes the Kennedy mystique was beneficial to America ought to review their history. When all Americans are given the preferential treatment "Uncle Teddy" was given following the incident at Chappaquiddick, I will take the Kennedy seriously.

    Until then, they who stood behind "Uncle Teddy" are less honorable than those who stand with O.J. Simpson... At least, O.J. was tried according to the law and found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

    Where is the Kennedy compassion for Mary Jo?

    "Uncle Teddy" was twice expelled from Harvard for cheating... found drunk at the wheel of his car untold number of times... Leaving the scene of an accident... Living the better of his life in a drunken stupor... Why should Americans want more of that?

    August 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  136. Mia

    I doubt it Jack, as they are they the kings and queens of entitlement. However,if Caroline wants another stab at it,could they afford some elocution lessons?

    August 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  137. marianna weigel

    I don't think so! And I hope not.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  138. Ben from Dallas

    The Kennedy family has a great heritage to follow after John, Robert and now Edward. This family has believed in service to country in various ways and I think we will see the new generations of Kennedy's step up to the challenge and also make a difference. As for me I can't think of anything more promising to our country than to see a Kennedy family member replace their patriarch Uncle Ted. If this should happen we will see hope and a better future for millions of Americans struggling to survive in a difficult economy. Dear Kennedy Family your country is calling you to come forward and keep the flame of hope alive.

    Ben from Dallas

    August 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  139. John PA

    Jack, the Kennedy family will never completely lose influence in of Washington, even if it is just a branch off of the family. But still it is the end of Camelot. Sen. Kennedy's death brings a glorious generation of a political dynasty to an end

    August 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  140. Maleka

    No, I believe it's just starting.

    Maleka
    Florida

    August 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  141. Denise in Michigan

    I don't think that it will be the end Jack. There are still several of the younger ones who have a vey bright future in public office. They have all been brought up with the ideas that they should help other people less fortunate. I think that there will still be some Kennedy's in public life that we will get to know as well as the others that have gone before them. They all had good role models in JFK, Robert and Teddy.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  142. John New York

    Jack-
    Many of the next generation of Kennedy's have made their mark in non political organizations, which many young individuals are turning toward to make a difference in the world as opposed to public service in politics. So while maybe they are not always known as politicians, though a few are, they are carrying on the Kennedy tradition of serving the public.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  143. Renee Robbins

    Of course they will. Just because the Kennedy children aren't big names in Politics (aside from Maria Shriver) they are making an impact on America through their individual activities. Also, just because Jack, Robert and Ted are gone it doesn't mean that the legacy they have left behind won't continue to make a difference.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  144. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    before I run out of time I appreciate the comments heard from Senator John McCain as well as the comment heard from democrats that Senator Kennedy was a purist at heart but he was also an incrementalist!

    Take care!

    August 27, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  145. Joe Vero Beach, Fl.

    The true power behind the throne as it were, was Rose. None of the grandchildren had the benefit of her influence that her children did. Any of the new generations of Kennedys will have to shine on their own. Without the matriarch Camelot has had little chance of surviving.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  146. anne

    Camelot will never end in my generation. Ted Kennedy has shown us that we are not the product of where we come from, to sit back and enjoy the life of the rich. It was his mission to show others the importance of public service and to use this pulpit to enrich those of lesser wealth and engage them in what can become the future for their dreams.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  147. Denise in Michigan

    I don't think that it will be the end Jack. There are still several of the younger ones who have a vey bright future in public office. They have all been brought up with the ideas that they should help other people less fortunate. I think that there will still be some Kennedy's in public life that we will get to know as well as the others that have gone before them. They all had good role models in JFK, Robert and Teddy. I think that the Kennedy's were all set up for greatness if they chose to do so.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  148. Diane Schrader

    Jack – I think Ted was the last of the Kennedy dynasty. These young Irish-Catholic men were carefully groomed by both their parents to be great and have a major influence on the world. Rose and Joe Sr. nurtured, guided and gave these children high expectations and they all lived up to their parents goals for them.They all had a destiny. If they aimed high, it had to be higher. We don't put those pressures on children now. We coddle them, buy them cars, yell at their teachers for disciplining them and try to give them a childhood we dreamed of having. These Kennedys were great but the Camelot castle moat has no bridge anymore. The last plank has fallen in the water and sunk to the bottom. Diane in Maryland

    August 27, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  149. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    Performing public service is not defined as holding elected office. From the Presidency to the Peace Corps to the Special Olympics and more, the Kennedy's will continue to have influence in America as long as they continue to have empathy and compassion for the less fortunate.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  150. Peggy

    Jack I think that ship has sailed. The older generation of Kennedy's were completely influenced by the drive and ambition of their parents Joe and Rose, in a completely different time in history.
    The younger generation has not grown up with the same influence. Camelot is over. If there was the same hunger infused in the next two generations it would have shown up by now.
    Time changes and marches on, even for the Kennedy clan.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  151. L. Wilkinson

    The ignorance of the hatemongers who blindly conflate the Kennedys with Obama with Fascism with Nazism with socialism are an embarrassment to our country. Did any of these people take high school history? If so, our education system is in worse shape than we thought. Those who flip around terms they don't know and reduce complex issues to superficial cant dishonor the work not only of .Pres. Obama and the late Sen. Kennedy, but appear to advocate the very non-American ideals they are condemning.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  152. John in Bristol Tennessee

    No disrespect to the Kennedy family, but I am so much more interested in having political leaders that are competent, intelligent, and capable of affecting positive change in our country than I am in having political leaders serve just because they have a certain last name. Despite the good deeds and sacrifices the Kennedy's have made for the U.S., political office in this country is not some kind of birthright.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  153. Dave

    The Kennedys' influence does not end with Teddy's death because the impact of his 46 years of service will last for generations. The final version of health reform legislation will look something like the model that Senator Kennedy envisioned three decades ago. That is simply universal coverage but not a single payor system. As the landmark legislation travels through Congress, Teddy's spirit will move it toward and through its passage. Then, generations of Americans will have known what he meant to America. His sons and nephews or nieces are from the generation that has changed from the depression era, "Happy Days are Here Again" political model. That chapter will now end. -Dave in Indianan

    August 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  154. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    finally...maybe we can all take time and find that there is a little bit of Kennedy in all of us and if we add them all...we could do really great!

    August 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  155. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    Although the younger Kennedy clan has their strong points, there will never be another that can unite a country like JFK did. Oh, how we can use someone like him now.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  156. Ali Jama, Toronto, Ontario

    Yes, as sad as it is, The death of Senator Ted Kennedy signifies the end of the Kennedy's political reign. I don't believe the younger Kennedy's possess the charisma, intellect, or the love of helping those that are less fortunate.

    America and the rest of the world were infatuated with the Kennedy's at an early age, Jack. We just don't feel that way about the younger Kennedy's, much less even KNOW of them.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  157. Sharon C./Lino Lakes , MN

    This Country will never be the same and I am so glad I lived to see his brothers work come to some fruition. I was blown away this morning after reviewing all the legislation that Sen Kennedy was involved in...WIC, HeadStart, Energy Assistance....are all the programs that really make a difference in the work that I do. If you look at the record.....inspired by his brothers ....he went forth and just made a grandiose IMPACT on how we treat the poor in this country....no matter what his sins...(and let us face it we all are sinners) he led the charge as only a committed Christian would do....May God give him many rewards in Heaven.....

    August 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  158. Jo A, WA

    I strongly suspect that someone from the Kennedy family will emerge to carry on the clan's long tradition of public service and politics. It's probably in their genes. With the passing of Sen. Kennedy we now recognize more than ever just how few in Congress are ready to stand fast and passionately promote and defend their beliefs, possess the wisdom to compromise when needed, and and are able to put the welfare of the American public first. Let us hope we find someone up to the task.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  159. Leo Atlanta Ga

    Jack,
    Looking at the size of the Kennedy famliy as they filed into the JFK Presidential Library, and the fact that I recognized more than two dozen of them tells me that they will continue to be a force in American life far into the future. Some of these family members are quite accomplished and most continue the Kennedy tradition of service to our nation in many forms.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  160. MyInfo4U.net

    Lots of gd potential senators out there but no one will replace "Teddy". In fact, "Teddy" has done more for the U.S.as a senator than all presidents combined since his brother JFK was assasinated by the Fed.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  161. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    Not at all. There are generations as yet outside of politics to uphold the Kennedy banner. The fascination with all Kennedys is that the family is the closest thing America has to royalty.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  162. Dave F

    I believe the next generation of Kennedys will continue to carry the torch. If engraved in there spirit is that true meaning of " ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country" Jack Bobby Teddy carried this to here.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  163. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    The Kennedy name will live on a lot longer than Clinton, Carter or Bush.

    We'll have to wait to see who, if anyone, will become the new family 'patriarch'.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  164. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    I have great respect for true public service such as the legacy from Senator Kennedy and let's not forget to be thankful to the best team for its public service every single day!

    Respectfully,
    Diane Dagenais Turbide

    August 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  165. Sherry, Bakersfield CA

    As long as there is a living Kennedy, they will be deeply involved in our government and country. These people have SERVICE TO THEIR COUNTRY in their blood. We have truly been blessed to have had this family so imbedded in the basic threads of our country. It would not seem complete to talk about American History without the name Kennedy being included. God Bless Ted and his entire family. I, for one, will miss his presence and FEEL his absence. Without Ted, who will fight for all those citizens that do not have a voice to speak for them. He was always there for the weak and underpriveledged.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  166. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I believe the late Rose Kennedy was the matriarch of Camelot and the death of Senator Kennedy ended the Camelot dynasty.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  167. April Eaton

    Teddy Kennedy while not perfect in his personal life, worked tirelessly for those less fortunate. He was the greatest of the greats. I don't believe Camelot will ever really end. I hope that Teddy will inspire not only his family but each and every American to stand up and fight. My only fear is that the due to Teddy's passing his fellow politicians being spineless & some well paid by the insurance lobbyists will not fight for universal healthcare thus failing all Americans. America lost the only true champion of real Americans like myself & my family. I hope the Republicans will stop and think about Ted Kennedy, about what he fought so hard for for so long and perhaps their cold black hearts will begin to feel again, begin to hurt and care about the people they were elected to represent and do the right thing for a change. People are what matters, not money and the bottom line. Teddy got that.God bless Teddy and his family. I hope a Kennedy takes his seat and continues the fight for what Ted believed in. What a terrible loss for our country at the worst possible time.

    August 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm |