At an airport gate yesterday, I could hear CNN’s coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death–an event that looms much larger in the DC-media complex than it does anywhere else. Now the Democrats reportedly are readying to push their health care bill with a “win one for Teddy” theme.
This strikes me as pretty dumb. Kennedy was never popular with the general public. He was an effective behind-the-scenes Senator, but it was always we conservatives–not the liberals–who wanted to paint him as the face of the Democratic Party. Even his scandals, at this’ point, are old news. I think it will be hard to find a single voter who will change his mind about Obamacare if they call it Kennedycare, but there will probably be more than a few who see it as a transparently cynical ploy.
Andy McCarthy has similar thoughts.