I’m just getting to writing up the Senate debate last night. (This is school vacation week and my schedule is not my own.)
And right from the outset, Ed Markey dominated. Joe Kennedy got his licks in — some of them legitimate. But never did Kennedy make an affirmative case for himself, rather than Markey, as the Democratic standard-bearer, or a movement leader, or a preferable alternative in any way.
He failed the Roger Mudd test; he failed the BMG Coakley test, when she told me in late 2009 that the important thing about the “Kennedy seat” was “how much he loved the job.” Yes, I’m sure that Joe Kennedy would love the job. But he hasn’t earned it.
When asked why he wants the seat, Kennedy gives no inspiring answer; apparently it’s because of TRUMP and to be a movement leader. When asked why him instead of Markey, the answer is even more insubstantial. While Kennedy talks about being a movement leader — someday, maybe, if you vote for him — Markey is actually leading a movement, with young climate activists of the Sunrise Movement affectionately calling the author of the Green New Deal “Dad”. Mr. Kennedy: Show, don’t tell.