Nonsensical Quote o’ the Day (Joe K 3.0 Edition)

April 3, 2015

Well Massachusetts Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (D-Ginger) went on Boston Herald Radio the other day and up to 17 listeners heard him say this in response to the question, “Any advice for the Democratic candidates for president?”

I think that whoever our candidate is — and any candidate for the Democratic nomination — has to go out there and make a concerted effort to appeal to voters across the spectrum.

 

Ya think?

The Kennedy clan has a tradition of saying things that are either a) innocuous or b) indecipherable.

Joe K 3.0 has not fallen far from the tree.


Herald Hit on Hillary ‘Warrens’ a More Honest Look

December 20, 2014

The Boston Herald jumps all over some Kennedy-on-Clinton action today, giving Page One over to Joe K 3.0.

 

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Inside, reporter Matt Stout elaborates:

Kennedy: ‘Companies clearly create jobs’

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III said yesterday that “companies clearly create jobs,” putting distance between himself and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose controversial comments on the Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 12.29.35 PMsubject are expected to be fodder for Republicans this upcoming election cycle.

One of the Bay State’s rising political stars, Kennedy said in a Herald interview yesterday that Congress needs to embrace policies geared toward economic equality as it prepares to return next month under Republican control. But he said helping businesses, big and small, to “flourish” needs to remain part of that, as Democrats — increasingly galvanized by the populist bullhorn wielded by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — try to beat back criticism that they’re anti-business.

 

We-think-she’s-nuts graf:

Republicans once galvanized by President Obama’s “You didn’t build that” comment in 2012 were re-energized in late October when Clinton sent shock waves through the Twittersphere when she told Democrats in Boston, “Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”

 

(Columnist Joe Battenfeld piles on with this piece, in which he speculates that Joe K 3.0 “may help derail Clinton’s White House path by endorsing her potential 2016 opponent, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, much the same way the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy backed Barack Obama in 2008.”)

The problem with this Hill-steria on the Herald’s part is that it conveniently overlooks this:

 

 

Yeah – that was Elizabeth Warren two years ago, not two months ago like Clinton. So you could say Warren was the Granny of that particular sentiment.

But the Herald wouldn’t say that. Doesn’t fit their storyline, does it?


A Tale of Two Lizzies

December 16, 2014

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Present Tense) has routinely refused to rule out a 2016 presidential run, saying only “I am not running for president.” Here’s a typical exchange, from yesterday’s interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, who brought up all the people urging Warren to run.

Would you tell these independent groups, “Give it up!” You’re just never going to run.
I told them, “I’m not running for president.”
You’re putting that in the present tense, though. Are you never going to run?
I am not running for president.
You’re not putting a “never” on that.
I am not running for president. You want me to put an exclamation point at the end?

 

Fabulously non-responsive, no?

But in today’s edition the Boston Globe’s Noah Bierman came up with a clever way to shift Warren to the future tense.

Warren has answered the question more definitively before. Last year, the Globe asked her at a news conference in Boston whether she would make a a more ironclad pledge to serve out her Senate term, which 72cf5cc5506b43c0a9b4fac1d2a7af7e-72cf5cc5506b43c0a9b4fac1d2a7af7e-0ends in January 2019.

“I pledge to serve out my term,” she said at the time.

On Monday, Warren’s spokeswoman, Lacey Rose, was asked by the Globe in an e-mail whether the senator stood by that pledge.

“Yep, nothing has changed,” Rose replied.

 

Of course, everything is different in the Boston Herald. Top of Page One:

 

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Inside, there’s Hillary Chabot’s piece (with Matthew Stout) about Warren’s local political posse.

Bay State heavyweights eye Warren bandwagon

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U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III — whose late uncle Edward M. Kennedy famously snubbed Hillary Clinton in the 2008 presidential contest — kept the door open yesterday to another game-changing Kennedy endorsement should U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren enter the 2016 race.

“He has no doubt she will continue to be a tremendously effective leader wherever her career takes her,” Kennedy spokeswoman Emily Brown said yesterday when asked of the congressman’s thoughts about Warren as president.

The comment comes after U.S. Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Somerville) offered his support to Warren if she jumps into the presidential contest, despite the likelihood that former Secretary of State Clinton will enter the field.

 

Joe Battenfeld adds a column about Warren’s likely prospects and this Tale of the Tape:

 

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As usual with the local dailies, we have another split decision.


A Tale of Two Columnists (Jason Collins Edition)

May 1, 2013

Joe Fitzgerald plays yin to Adrian Walker’s yang in the local dailies today regarding Jason Collins’ coming-out party. Here’s how Walker starts out his Boston Globe column:

Jason Collins’ quiet facilitator

When Jason Collins got in touch with his friend US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III a few weeks ago, Kennedy had little idea what he wanted to talk about.

The former Stanford roommates agreed to meet in person, before the Marathon bombing upended Kennedy’s schedule. When they finally caught up by phone, Collins had major news: He was gay, and he was going to become a trailblazer, by becoming the first active major-sport American athlete to come out.

Kennedy told him, “This has been a long week, but you just put a smile on my face,’’ the congressman recalled in a telephone inter view.

 

Later in the piece, Joe K 3.0 says “Jason is a great guy and a great friend . . . He is someone I’ve literally and figuratively looked up to. He’s a historical figure now, but he’s still the same great friend I know.”

Crosstown at the Boston Herald, Joe Fitzgerald isn’t so impressed:

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In telling the world of his sexuality through a cover story in Sports Illustrated, a now openly gay NBA journeyman named Jason Collins is being hailed as courageous and heroic, two weeks after we saw what those words really mean here on the streets of Boston.

Courageous? Heroic? Please.

 

Later in the piece, Joe Fitz elaborates:

Collins took no risk at all, knowing he’d be the darling of the media, indeed the personification of political correctness. He now has the admiration and affection of multitudes who didn’t know his name two days ago.

That’s heroic? No. Honest? OK. So he’s honest.

But, let’s get real: Being gay in 2013 is no more daring than being a Rotarian.

 

Yeah, maybe. In Boston. But get back to us after Collins has finished his next road trip.