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  • Joseph Kennedy III Rides In to Carry Us Back to Camelot

    When U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy retired last year, it marked the first time in 63 years that a Kennedy did not serve in Washington D.C. Since then, their kingdom has really gone to hell in a hand basket. Just ask Republicans, who are being ruled by a ruthless outsider from across the sea (Hawaii). If you don't believe them, ask the Democrats, who are at the tyranny of an equally ruthless outsider from Loompaland.

    If this were a fairy tale, now would be the time a young prince on a white horse rides in to save us all.

    And so there is. Enter Joe Kennedy III, now officially running for Congress in the newly redrawn 4th Congressional District of Brookline, the one recently vacated by Barney Frank.

    But what claim to the seat does this young upstart have? What is his pedigree? Kennedy the Red (as I shall henceforth call him) is the son of former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy (who was himself born in Brookline), son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. (of  the Massachusetts Kennedys).

    Impressive, sure, but this country was founded to escape the whims of lords and royalty. The people elect their leaders based on merit, not name.

    Which must be why 31-year-old J.K. the Red is already said to have a 2-1 shot to win the election. Beware Congress, and behold your new king…

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Barney Frank, House of Representatives, Joe Kennedy III, John Boehner, Massachusetts, Washing