As Ted Kennedy and other Democratic Party elder statesmen rush around the country trying to cajole the superdelegates into supporting Barack Obama, lost is why Senator Kennedy is so keen on Senator Obama.
Mr. Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama has been successfully portrayed as an endorsement of "change." Mr. Kennedy described his endorsement as turning "the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion." In reality, though, the endorsement was a lesson in the politics of misrepresentation and distortion.
Mr. Kennedy's endorsement of Mr. Obama had nothing to do with "seeing the magic of JFK" in the junior senator from Illinois. In fact, it had little to do with Mr. Obama himself. Instead, he was just a useful tool to use against a Clinton. As New Englanders in the know can confirm, the endorsement was the revenge of the Kennedys on what they perceived to be the audacity of the Clintons. An ongoing battle between the Kennedy and Clinton families for control of the Democratic Party was the behind-the-scenes narrative.