The Kennedy political brand used to be hope and optimism. They learned the hard way because of Joe Senior’s days as an appeaser and Hitler apologist. Bobby Junior has not learned from his grandfather’s mistakes. He looks like a Kennedy and sounds like a Kennedy, but the content is nothing like that of his uncles or father. He’s a throwback to Joe Senior. Bobby Junior is a crank who’s fixated on COVID conspiracy theories.
The featured image combines a picture of Bobby Junior with one of his father and grandfather looking somewhat grim. That would likely be their reaction to the latest political mess Bobby Junior has stumbled into.
Bobby Junior has a big mouth and no filter. The latest mishigas involves something he said at a press dinner. I can’t blame him for wanting this quote discredited:
“We’ve put hundreds of millions of dollars into ethnically targeted microbes. The Chinese have done the same thing. In fact, COVID-19, there is an argument that it is ethnically targeted. COVID-19 attacks certain races disproportionately … because of the genetic structure, genetic differential of different races, of the receptors. COVID-19 is targeted to attack Caucasians and black people. The people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese. We don’t know whether it was deliberately targeted or not but there are papers out there that show the racial or ethnic differential and impact.”
He claims his comments were misconstrued. That’s a lawyerly way of saying “I’m sorry I got caught.”
Bobby Junior has attacked the original source of the quote, The New York Post. For the average Democrat, The Post is an enemy, but the Murdoch press have treated Bobby Junior with kid gloves. It’s the whole “enemy of my enemy is my friend” thing writ large.
The Murdoch press has been soft on Bobby Junior because their focus is tearing down President Biden. Bobby Junior is a useful idiot for the wingnuts who claim to respect and admire him. They’ll dump him when they’re finished using him to damage the party his Uncle Jack once led.
Bobby Junior has also claimed that the dinner was off the record. No one else who attended agrees including the ones who made fart jokes. I am not making this up. Events involving serious presidential candidates don’t typically involve fart jokes. Oy, just oy.
I’m glad Bobby Junior got caught. His conspiratorial mindset was destined to land on anti-Semitism. He’s just the latest in a long line of seemingly respectable Americans who have espoused political anti-Semitism. The line forms behind Henry Ford.
The story slowly dribbled out at the end of last week. As the weekend rolled on, it hit the WaPo and NYT web sites. It has resulted in criticisms from Jewish organizations and people with a lick of scientific sense. When I told Dr. A about it, she said “That’s nutty.” As always, she’s right.
I’ve had the Kennedys on my mind because I’m reading Neal Gabler’s fabulous biography of Ted Kennedy. Ted was the instinctive liberal in the family: JFK didn’t become a true liberal until he was president and RFK until his brother’s murder. Ted was the youngest child who struggled to keep up with his siblings. I’ve always identified with that because I’m the youngest of three. Ted was a great senator whose presidential hopes were drowned at Chappaquiddick in 1969.
Back to Bobby Junior. He’s been mining conspiracy theories for nearly 30 years yet many in the media insist on taking this crackpot seriously. There was a crack in that media facade as the NYT story about his COVID idiocy calls him a long-shot. I’d call him a no-chancer.
There’s much agita and handwringing among social media liberals about Bobby Junior. They seem to think he’s eroding the legacy of his father and uncles. I beg to differ: his candidacy would have been called tomorrow’s fish wrap when reporters were called ink-stained wretches. There’s nothing new under the sun: Bobby Junior is a throwback to his grandfather Joe Senior who was a brilliant businessman but a political crank with right-wing populist leanings. Few, other than history buffs like myself, remember Joe Senior whereas everyone remembers JFK, RFK, and Teddy.
The reason I call the current Kennedy Bobby Junior is that his father preferred to be called Bob and hated the diminutive. It reminded him of his time as the runt of the Kennedy litter before he became known as a ruthless lawyer and campaign manager.
I have a suggestion for Bobby Junior: He should change the F in his name from Francis to Fakakta, which is defined in the Urban Dictionary as:
“<Yiddish origin> A person or thing who is completely crazy/fucked up. (example 1) I can’t believe your brother drank his own urine. That fakakta kid will do anything.”
That’s Bobby Junior in a conspiratorial nutshell. The Kennedys used to be America’s family. Robert Fakakta Kennedy is America’s crank.
I learned something new today. There’s a band called Fakakta. I am not making this up. They get the last word: