Wednesday, 20 January 2010


Today US Democrats lost "the Kennedy" seat in Massachusetts. Most, if not all, media took this as a huge sign of Obama presidency weakness. While it does show that there may be some (significant) backlash against Obama's presidency, I do not believe that the loss can be explained, or even attributed, only, or even just mostly, by that.

Why is that?

Well, if you know your (American) history, you'll surely realise that the Kennedy name most certainly bears much more weight than just another Democrat controlled Senate seat. It takes much more to defeat a Kennedy than any other Democrat you care to think of. And not just that. Whichever Democrat successor comes along will have a much higher mountain to climb than any challenging Republican. It is not easy to fill a Kennedy shoe, let alone shoes.

So, while Obama must certainly take notice of what happened in Massachusetts, there's at the same time more and less to it than most analysts ("analysts"?) would have you believe. Just give it a minutes honest thought, and you'll see what I mean.

Go on! Do it. Now...