Sen. Kennedy To Appear Tonight At Convention

CNN Reports:

Sen. Edward Kennedy is expected to make a dramatic appearance Monday night at the start of the Democratic National Convention, his office said, marking his second public appearance since brain surgery in June. . . . Sen. Edward Kennedy, who endorsed Sen. Barack Obama in January, is "itching to go," a source says.

Good to see Kennedy is well enough to come speak. It will be a highlight tonight.

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    it will be (none / 0) (#1)
    by Turkana on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 04:26:08 PM EST
    the highlight of the convention.

    I am looking forward (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by americanincanada on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 04:28:15 PM EST
    to seeing him but not to the content of the speach which I understand will be another passing of the torch speech comparing Obama and JFK.

    I am, however, thrilled he will be in Denver.


    The Lion is BACK! (none / 0) (#3)
    by JThomas on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 04:30:38 PM EST
    And it feels right now. A convention without Teddy would not be right. Has been at every single one since 1950. And in 64 when he was recovering from an accident.
    This will be an emotional evening.

    Absolutely! (none / 0) (#5)
    by trublueCO on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 04:49:58 PM EST
    Let's add one more check to the fire up Dems for the campaign list.

    I've got my popcorn and ice cold beverage ready to go.


    Nobody Knows (none / 0) (#4)
    by BDB on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 04:47:06 PM EST
    how to mend fences after a nasty primary season like Ted Kennedy!

    Seriously, if his speech is about why liberals are great and conservatives suck, then it should be a great night.  If it's about how Obama is the new JFK, then wake me when it's over.  Even JFK wasn't JFK and I'm sick of the mythologizing.

    According to Halperin (none / 0) (#6)
    by americanincanada on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 05:23:01 PM EST
    it will be the latter.

    Right? (none / 0) (#7)
    by RalphB on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 05:33:07 PM EST
    He did such a great job of it in '80.  Refusing to shake hands with Carter on the stage was really classy of him.  :-)

    He could actually use that (none / 0) (#8)
    by DemForever on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 05:36:53 PM EST
    to say he was wrong, and that party unity and the good of the country is more important that individual candidacies.  

    If he did that (none / 0) (#9)
    by americanincanada on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 05:43:03 PM EST
    and helped heal the rift by speaking in glowing terms not just of Obama but of Hillary I would be really impressed.

    Sadly, I hold out no hope for that.


    I Would Have (none / 0) (#10)
    by BDB on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 05:43:11 PM EST
    tremendous respect if he did that.  He won't.  

    But I do think that given his health problems, it's likely to be a great moment, even if I need a strong dose of pepto to get through the mythologizing of Camelot.


    I will be surprised (none / 0) (#12)
    by DemForever on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 06:13:02 PM EST
    if he does not make some reference about knowing how it feels to come out on the short end of a hard fought nomination battle, and use that in an attempt to help bring some closure

    It will be difficult (none / 0) (#11)
    by reality based on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 05:50:12 PM EST
    to top his 1980 performance  

    The serious issue before us tonight is the cause for which the Democratic Party has stood in its finest hours, the cause that keeps our Party young and makes it, in the second century of its age, the largest political Party in this republic and the longest lasting political Party on this planet.

    Our cause has been, since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the cause of the common man and the common woman.

    Our commitment has been, since the days of Andrew Jackson, to all those he called "the humble members of society -- the farmers, mechanics, and laborers." On this foundation we have defined our values, refined our policies, and refreshed our faith.


    I speak out of a deep belief in the ideals of the Democratic Party, and in the potential of that Party and of a President to make a difference. And I speak out of a deep trust in our capacity to proceed with boldness and a common vision that will feel and heal the suffering of our time and the divisions of our Party.


    For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

    I worked for Ted for several months (none / 0) (#13)
    by DemForever on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 06:14:24 PM EST
    during the 1980 campaign, and remember the speech like it was yesterday.  Ron Dellums also gave a very memorable speech as well.

    Jacksonian Democrats (none / 0) (#14)
    by MichaelGale on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 06:16:49 PM EST
    I wish we were still. Maybe he will talk about that again.

    Not looking forward to Caroline (none / 0) (#15)
    by americanincanada on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 07:29:42 PM EST
    I think we need to honor Ted and JFK but the over the top Obama worship and passing of the torch make me gag.

    Via Halperin:

    Early excerpts of Kennedy's speech show she plans to open the segment of the convention slotted for a tribute to the Massachusetts Senator by praising Obama, her uncle and her father.

    "Leaders like them come along rarely. But once or twice in a lifetime, they come along just when we need them the most."