Filed under: Beanstockd | Tags: Barack Obama, Cape Wind Project, Caroline Kennedy, Edward Kennedy
While other candidates have been reduced to name-dropping (Reagan!), Barack Obama picked up endorsements from the first family of Democratic politics. Last week, JFK’s daughter Caroline endorsed Barack in The Times. A day later, Ted Kennedy hitched his wagon to the Obama campaign.
That’s great for Barack, but the political name game should be a two-way street. Last we checked Uncle Ted was still a Senator. After paying plenty of homage to renewable energy during his career, he’s been a major road block of the Cape Wind Project. He basically said “not in my backyard” to 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound claiming they’d hurt tourism and property value. Nice. They’d be five miles out and provide three quarters of the Cape and Islands’ electricity needs.
This type of bulls**t goes on daily in Washington. During his entire campaign, Obama has spoken about getting rid of special interests. Here, Teddy’s interests are quite special: the view from his compound in Hyannis. Your move, Barack.
Update: The Caroline Kennedy piece finally dropped off the most emailed list. Shamu is safe. The Cape Wind Project cleared a big hurdle—without the support of Senator Kennedy. Better get on board, Uncle Ted!