Kennedy to Pass the Torch, Prepares to Speak at DNC
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Joe Scarborough is working furiously already this morning to push the "If Obama loses..." meme. So much for "liberal" MSNBC, eh? But not even Scarborough is going to be able to throw cold water on this development:
In a development that is sure to bring the house down, US Senator Edward M. Kennedy is expected to attend the Democratic National Convention, most likely to deliver a speech tonight.
Kennedy is battling brain cancer, and his doctors are said to be worried that his treatment has compromised his immune system and that attending the convention could put him at further risk. Still, the senator has recently told people that he has a speech written for the convention and that he badly wants to come, pending a final medical consultation.
Buzz has built among Massachusetts politicos that Kennedy would come, and today a source close to the family confirmed that he had made a decision to come.
Ever since it began back in February to appear likely that Barack Obama would be the nominee, we had a pretty good idea that there was going to be some kind of symbolic torch-passing by Ted Kennedy from his family to Obama; a demonstration of the culmination of the civil rights legacy for which Kennedy's brother fought, as in a speech from June 1963 in which he said: