August 25th, 2008
09:16 PM ET
10 years ago

Schneider: The Kennedy moment

Sen. Kennedy and his niece, Caroline, campaigned with Sen. Obama in February.

Sen. Kennedy and his niece, Caroline, campaigned with Sen. Obama in February.

DENVER (CNN) - Tonight marks the Kennedy moment of the convention. And what’s important is, the Kennedy legacy has a very specific meaning. Democrats for years have talked about finding another Kennedy. In the 80s, it was supposed to be Mario Cuomo. Now, Barack Obama is being called the “black Kennedy.”

The Kennedy image is that of the tough liberal. Liberals in the 70s and 80s were not tough guys; the stereotype was that of the wimpy liberal. Democrats long for another tough guy in the Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson mold.

Ted Kennedy has, of course, become the last bearer of that legacy of his generation - and Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama is certainly the most important endorsement of the campaign, because it signified the anointment of Obama as a Democrat in the Kennedy tradition.

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Jacqueline

    Very inspiring speech and heart wrenching. I pray ted will see Obama in January taking the oath of office. Its a strong moment for Barack when backed by this matriarch.

    August 25, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. anonymous

    Caroline was wonderful. She would be great in some type of political seat.

    August 25, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Jack

    These so called Hillary PUMA's had better know this FACT – If Hillary &/or her PUMA supporters derail Democratic Party unity and spoil for Obama, then lets put it this way – whats good for the gander is good for the goose-

    Hillary will be held SQUARELY RESPONSIBLE and another 20 million strong PUMAs will be waiting to make sure hillary has no chance in hell to lead the Demnocratic party – an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, mark these words current PUMAs

    August 25, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. anonymous

    Obama is just as much white as he is black. What is the big deal. Forget the races people. He is a human being just as much as anyone else. People in society will find something to argue about. You cannot make the world happy no matter what. There will always be opinions and a bad apple in every bunch. Forget it people. Get a grip and To all the rich people you are only afraid if Obama is elected the rich will have to pay more taxes. Well, you should have too.

    August 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. linnet mohabeer

    yes health care is not a priviledge it is a right,and this is so right.We live in a free country why can't health care be free for all.

    August 25, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Paula from Canada please post !!

    I love and admire Teddy Kennedy.His speech was courageous and forceful.. he is a brilliant, kind soul and I will continue to pray for him. My prayer is that he can be there in January when Barack takes his oath of office. God speed Teddy! Forever sailin' the wind..

    August 25, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    August 25, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  8. Willow, in Iowa

    Everybody is saying Obama is too liberal. Too liberal? I think he is just right, not too far left, nor too far right. He wants to ensure education, that the economy gets more jobs, alternative energies, get us out of the war in Iraq, and he's a constitutional scholar, too. Maybe I'm just too liberal myself to see it, but the things he wants to fix are the things needing fixing.

    August 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. A A

    Why would campbell brown ( who i think is real nice looking and sounding) believe that peope want to hear her rather than Jim Leach or Tom harkin

    August 25, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Proud PUMA!

    Ted Kennedy endorsed Obama over Hillary. Sorry, but no matter what happens to Kennedy, his legacy is forever tarnished by his betrayal of the Clintons.

    PUMAs Unite – Vote McCAIN in 2008 – So we can vote HILLARY in 2012 !!!!!

    August 25, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. Michael

    Our Country can't afford another 4 years of the same old BS we've gotten from Bush. $$$ GONE!!!

    August 25, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. chubby

    oshama is the black kennedy? no. He may be a ted kennedy but he is not jack or robert. Hopefully oshamas car will not kill a young woman like teddy did by leaving her to drown, while he walked home drunk and the next day showed up in a neck brace. That is where the saying "fake as a kennedy neck brace" came from.

    August 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. Ron

    Hillary Hatemongers still filling the blogs with their foul personality.
    The lack of manners and civility attacking Sen. Kennedy and others they don't even know. The idea of and election put into office a canidate that shares you veiws. That person is Sen. Obama, his veiws are almost identical to Sen. Clintons. You folks need to put behind the negativaty of loosing the primary and do whats best for the nation.

    August 25, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. jrzshor

    what does ted so hate about the clintons? he chose an unknown just because he wasn't named clinton.

    August 25, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  15. Susan

    How in the world would Caroline Kennedy know that her Dad would just love Obama? She was what five or six when he died. She would have no idea what he thought and for that matter her Dad was a major womanizer as were most of the other Kennedys. Yeah, these are the kind of people that you want to claim America should follow?

    August 25, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  16. Tully

    Talking about Dynasty! Democrats have been searching for another Kennedy just like Republicans have hoped for another Reagan. All that talk about change, moving on but the Democrats still look toward the past. How ironic! After all this multi-million dollars hoopla, politics will resume its usual. Nothing changes.

    August 25, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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