Surprise, surprise, surprise. You can teach an old dog a new trick. Rarely in the political world does one see such surprises as we did in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A longstanding near-monarchy has crumbled with the last of the Kennedys. The senate seat held in trust by the royal family of the United States has been ceded to a Republican.
I am neither in awe of the Kennedy legacy nor do I loathe them. They are simply part of my life since some of my earliest memories. I distinctly remember watching JFK's funeral on the television. But, a funny thing happened on the way to the party. The voters rose up and threw off their mantle of compliance. Without Teddy to pull them together I am afraid the relevance of the Kennedy clan will now fall into oblivion. There is simply no one left with the cache and history to lead them.
That absence leaves a distinct void in the Commonwealth. Who do we now turn to? For the first time in forty years the voters must think for themselves. Perhaps they have found a new voice. Not the voice of their newly elected senator, but their own voices. They have spoken anew for the first time and let the elected politicians know it's no longer acceptable for officials to simply do what they want. For the first time in memory they must be accountable for their leadership. If we don't want a system of social entitlement programs, massive government or monster deficits, you can't shove them down our throats.
For the first time in forty years, power to the people. Just as a parent must at some time let his child leave the nest, Teddy shouldn't be sad looking down, he should be glad his flock has found their voice.