Damn.

Patrick Kennedy will not be thrown out of Congress this year. That's the bad news. The good news is, he's decided to quit, instead, and avoid the humiliation of his forthcoming eviction. Bummer. It was going to be Scott Brown redux.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek re-election after eight terms in Congress, saying his life is "taking a new direction" just months after the death of his father and mentor, Sen. Edward Kennedy. The Rhode Island Democrat taped a message with his decision to be aired on Rhode Island's television stations Sunday night. The Associated Press viewed the message Thursday, ahead of the announcement. "Now having spent two decades in politics, my life is taking a new direction, and I will not be a candidate for re-election this year," Kennedy says. Once his term ends early next year, no one from the storied Kennedy family would hold political office in Washington for the first time in more than 60 years. The decision comes less than a month after a stunning upset by Republican Scott Brown in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat his father held for almost half a century. Last week, as Brown was sworn into the seat, Patrick Kennedy called Brown's candidacy a "joke" and predicted Brown would betray his union supporters.