So Much for Teddy's Constituents!

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Feb 05, 2010 12:30 PM
Ted Kennedy's son, Patrick Kennedy, has characterized Scott Brown's candidacy as "a joke."  (I doubt Martha Coakley is laughing.)

Obviously, the remark could be understood as casting aspersions on many of his late father's constituents; he said it in the context of objecting to Brown's vote against a Big Labor-handpicked nominee to the NRLB.

Even so, his comment reeks of the kind of liberal condescension that, as University of Virginia associate professor Gerald Alexander writes in the WaPo today, has long damaged American political debate.