Make My Day

It's a sad day for the politics of Massachusetts, and the nation. Joe Kennedy has announced that after much consideration, he won't be running for the U.S. Senate.
Former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, the eldest son of Robert F. Kennedy, announced Monday he would not run for the U.S. Senate seat held for nearly 50 years by his late uncle, Edward M. Kennedy. The decision was certain to widen the race for the Democratic nomination.
This is the year of the Democratic overreach, and it's too bad that Joe didn't do his part. Could it be that he's not as dumb as he's appeared all these years?
In a statement, the former six-term congressman said he cares about those seeking decent housing, fair wages and health care. But he added, ''The best way for me to contribute to those causes is by continuing my work at Citizens Energy Corp.''
Joe's candidacy could have combined with the legislature's maneuvers to change the succession law in Massachusetts to create a "Go ahead, make my day" moment, further enraging an electorate that already feels that the government, on the local and national level, is a runaway train.
The nonprofit organization provides free heating oil to the poor, but Kennedy likely would have faced campaign questions about fuel it received from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — a persistent U.S. critic. He also has settled into a comfortable lifestyle since leaving Congress in 1999, taking home a $545,000 salary as Citizens Energy's president as of 2007, and being spared the barbs he has faced from some local columnists recently for his past temper tantrums and high pay.
Hubris 'R Us is the retail outlet being operated by the Democrats here. And since Joe doesn't need the job, he'll live happily ever after making upwards of $600,000 a year and playing footsie with friends who call the President of the United States a Devil.