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  •  I strongly recommend rereading exactly... (5+ / 0-)

    ...who the senators were who served when Kennedy was in the Senate. He certainly was far from the most liberal, but your hyperbole is way off the mark.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:15:21 PM PST

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    •  But i'd wager, w/o seeing the rankings, (0+ / 0-)

      that Sen Kennedy was still up there with most of the liberal Dem senators in terms of votes.

      And you could not get elected dog catcher back then w/o espousing strong anti-communist views, along with (for most) a belief, however skeptically and cynically held, in Ike's Domino Theory.

      JFK was also to the left of most senators in speaking out for emerging countries under colonial rule, including Algeria.

    •  Apologies - I should have said the most right (0+ / 0-)

      wing DEMOCRATIC senator outside of the Deep South. (And he probably did not come out terribly well against Republican senators like Jacob Javits either. ) I believe that makes it completely correct.

      Kennedy's rivals for the Democratic nomination were Lyndon Johnson, Stuart Symington, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey and Wayne Morse. All of these were arguably more liberal than JFK. JFK's crucial win over Humphrey in the West Virginia primary was at the best procured by a flood of Kennedy money, at worst by Joe Kennedy's Mob ties.

      IMHO, Edward Kennedy is the only one of the brothers on whom history will look kindly when we have a little perspective.

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