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Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill: Kennedy Won’t Wait Indefinitely for Kerry to Declare his 08 Intentions

by Pamela Leavey

Don’t you just love it when the media makes a mountain out of a molehill, or better yet stretches a statement and takes it out of context. Case in point is the latest reading of the ’08 tea leaves from Rick Klein in the Boston Globe: Kennedy rethinks support for a Kerry presidential run in ’08. As a matter of fact Klein stretched his point so far in the piece I am referencing that it caused Ted Kennedy’s office to issue a statement clarifying his position on supporting Kerry in ’08.

So here’s my take on this… Kennedy who recently hosted a dinner in Washington that included Obama and Clinton, both members of committees he will be chairing, had some nice things to say about Obama and Clinton. That caused some speculation. Why it should is beyond me. Senators dine together frequently and say nice things about each other — even sometimes about the folks on the other side of the aisle. That’s politics. But the media, the Noise Machine are hot and heavy to make it into something more. The more is about making Obama and Clinton the Democratic media darlings of the moment. Heaven forbid they should make ’08 about anyone but them, the people don’t really get to make a choice at the rate we’re going. Hell no — let the media decide.

The bottom line from what I read in the Globe piece, is that Kennedy is still in Kerry’s corner and he’d like to see Kerry come out swinging, before Clinton and Obama, who also, we will note have not declared their intentions for ’08 either. The speculation is rampant every where. Only a handful have declared and frankly I don’t see any who have as very viable. Nor, do I see Clinton or Obama as viable either at this point.

Honestly, reading the Globe piece it is clear that the title doesn’t really reflect the tone of the article it’s just more making a mountain out of a molehill. Haven’t we all had about enough of that? With the Democratic members of Congress poised to take control in January, we could all sit back and wait a bit for things to get rolling in Congress before primary wars begin. After all there is work to do.

As Kerry spokesman David Wade said today in response to Kennedy’s declaration, which really can be translated into “get a move on John, we need you,” Kerry “has no intention of waiting too long, kicking the can down the road, or holding this decision in limbo.” So, the pundits will continue to spin, spin, spin, while the strong potentials hold out to make their announcements. Politics as usual and the Noise Machine groans on.

I’ll venture to remind readers that although it was clear in early ’03 that Kerry would run, he did not make it official until early September ’03. He’s still got plenty of time and as Kennedy acknowledged in the interview with Klein, “Kerry has more flexibility to decide than some of the other candidates, because he has wide name recognition and a campaign war chest of $13 million.” So there you have it… The Globe was making a mountain out of a molehill and my bet is that when Kerry makes his decision, Ted Kennedy will be the first to say, “My man is John Kerry.”

The right wing bloggers who are joining the hype on this piece can chew on that for a while. We all know Kerry is at the top of the Republican most hated list, and with good reason. Think about their smear campaign of ’04 and think again, if you think that they won’t go after Clinton or Obama in the same fashion. Let’s get serious and stop allowing the media to play politics and the Noise Machine to control the message.

Note to Crittenden: Thanks for confirming the Noise Machine is hard at work.


ABC’s Political Radar reports, that “within hours” of the Kennedy story in the Boston Globe, “the Kerry camp said the junior senator from Massachusetts would be making a public decision shortly after the New Year.”

And the right wing bloggers continue to distort the Globe article, see here and here.

Marc Shulman on The Moderate Voice also spins it out of proportion.

Dr. Steven Taylor on PoliBlog notes, “the headline doesn’t really go with the content of the article,” and says, it “doesn’t sound like “dropping support” to me.”

UPDATE 2: The Boston Globe has a re-write of the piece by Rick Klein here — Kennedy wants sign of Kerry’s plans for ’08. Hat tip to Mass in the comments for the totally different title and link in the Boston Globe.

9 Responses to “Making a Mountain Out of a Molehill: Kennedy Won’t Wait Indefinitely for Kerry to Declare his 08 Intentions”

  1. Seems that the Globe went ahead of themselves and Rick Klein had to rewrite his article.

    “Kennedy drops support for Kerry” becomes:
    Kennedy wants sign of Kerry’s plans for ’08

    By Rick Klein, Globe Staff | December 12, 2006

    WASHINGTON — Senator Edward M. Kennedy yesterday dropped his public commitment to support Senator John F. Kerry in a 2008 presidential race, saying that he won’t wait “indefinitely” for Kerry to declare his intentions while the Democratic primary field takes shape.

    Hours later, Kerry aides promised that the senator would make a decision “shortly after the turn of the year,” despite recent signals that Kerry could wait until late spring before deciding.

    A Kennedy spokeswoman said Kennedy would continue to support Kerry if the junior senator jumps into the race on that time lin

    Less sexy, but probably more accurate

  2. Boy, it must be a really slow newsday (or newsweek) in Boston. Frankly, I sometimes wonder if the fact that there is no news to report that is keeping this Obama stuff alive.

  3. Glad to see the headline’s been updated, Mass. My hard copy this morning had the first one. . all of us in my household came pretty much to the same conclusion as you, Pamela, and Nick.

  4. What a bunch of bobble heads! Good Gawd, they just have to have something to plow. Just too bad that they choose the land with the most stumps. Morons, each and everyone. Critter-den is just too funny to put into words. He wants to make Drudge look smart. Good luck with that one Julie boy! But you might be able to pull it off. Freaks!

  5. Now that’s poor journalism. I thought The Herald was suppose to be the shoddy paper in Bean Town.

  6. Blue Washington: political coverage in the Globe can be quite bizarre, and, sadly, this badly reported story is not atypical. When I first moved to the area, I was stupefied by the low quality and pettiness of the Globe’s political reporting, and, truth to tell, I’m still stumped by it (and don’t get me started on the oped writers. . why oh why did Tom Oliphant have to take early retirement? He was wonderful, but he was the ONLY decent oped contributor there. . ). A disgrace, really. In a town like Boston, there’s no way they could whine that the talent isn’t out there. .

  7. This is why I dislike politics. This is all about Sen Kennedy feeling important.

    I think Sen Kennedy should be more concerned about who best capable to lead our Country through challenges that face us.

    John Kerry is quite focused on the people’s business and sharing his insights on the Iraq War, and how to succeed in the Mid East.

    A lot of people admire that.

  8. I have to agree with what Jean said.

    Although I’m sure the Globe got most of this wrong as they often do.
    Kennedy should have known how the comments would be perceived. Also after his rancorous history with Kerry in the past as Kerry first join the senate one can’t help but wonder if there is a glimmer of truth in this hatchet job article.

    Kerry can decide in his own time when and if to jump in and Kennedy needs to layoff.

    Salon already has Kennedy betraying Kerry article using the famous Caesar quote” et’ tu Brutus”. I didn’t read the article as I’m not a fan of salon anymore nor the comments because I knew I would get pissed off but I have to wonder if a part of JK felt the same way.

    Bottom line is there anybody in the freakin DC leadership that won’t betray Kerry? looks like the answer is no.

    I’m sick of Hillary, Obama, Rudy, 2 faced McCain and mittens in the news and whose on their team. Obama isn’t the messiah of the dem party and dems need to get over it already.

    Kerry is going to have to come out bashing and not stop till he is in the damn whitehouse. He just better not trust anyone on capitol hill.

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