MSNBC Frets Over No More Kennedys in Congress: Who Will 'Fill the Void' at This 'End of an Era?'
Published: 12/28/2010 3:46 PM ET
While the rest of America might not be mourning the departure of the troubled Patrick Kennedy from Congress, MSNBC on Tuesday lamented "the end of an era" that saw at least one member of the Kennedy family serving in Washington for 63 years. The network featured three segments on the topic in the span of an hour.
Jansing and Co. Guest anchor Richard Lui wondered, "...Will we see a family that will be able to take up the mantle here?" Talking to Democratic strategist Karen Finney, he repeated talking points from the Rhode Island Congressman: "...Patrick Kennedy was saying, you know, a public service versus public office. It's about public service."
Referring to his other guest, Michelle Bernard of the Independent Woman's Forum, Lui added, "So, when we take a look at that, Michelle, what more might we see going forward in terms of a family that might, again, fill in this void that we're now seeing?"
A follow-up segment by Contessa Brewer in the 12pm hour featured the graphic, "An End of an Era." Brewer recited, "When the new Congress is sworn in next week it will mark the end of an era for one of America's most powerful and storied political families. For the first time in 63 years there will be no Kennedys serving in elected office in Washington."
The usually conservative Bernard offered an odd analysis of the Kennedy legacy. She asserted of the President: "And so I think what we have to ask ourselves today is by handing that mantle over to Obama and looking at the type of President that President Obama is, one has to ask the question, can the type of liberal that the Kennedy family historically been actually be elected in Democratic politics in this era?"
Bernard continued, questioning Obama's liberalism: "And I think the answer is probably no. President Obama has turned out to be a lot more of a centrist and probably to the right of Senator Kennedy than many members of the Kennedy family."
A third segment ran in the 11am hour and featured historian Alan Lichtman. He highlighted the Kennedy family's "clarion call for liberalism."
A transcript of the segment, which aired at 11:24am EST on December 28, follows: