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When after all, it was you and me

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How is this possible? I mean surely this is some sort of joke:

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. currently leads the pack of 2024 presidential candidates with a high favorability rating among respondents in a Harvard CAPS-Harris survey. 

The poll, published Monday and shared with The Hill, found that 52 percent of respondents said they have a favorable opinion of Kennedy, while 27 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of him. Kennedy also had the highest net favorability rating of 25 points.

Kennedy scored significantly higher than the runner-up, former President Trump, in terms of net favorability. While Trump was viewed favorably by 51 percent of respondents, he had a net favorability rating of 7 points — with 44 percent of respondents viewing the GOP front-runner unfavorably.

When asked about their opinion on President Biden, 49 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of the president, while 46 percent of those surveyed thought otherwise. The president scored a -2 net favorability rating.

“Robert Kennedy has positioned himself to appeal to members of both parties though it is unclear how much of his ratings are from in depth knowledge of Kennedy vs. his popular family name,” said Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll.

This reminds me of a story about how famous left wing law professor Duncan Kennedy met his future wife at a party. She turned out to be a socialite, which prompted him to quip “I thought they said socialist,” to which she replied, “I thought they said Kennedy.”

I’m a huge admirer of Duncan Kennedy’s work, and there’s 93.26% chance this story is made up, but we at LGM are contractually obligated by our corporate sponsors to pursue cheap laughs on a semi-weekly basis, so there you go.

Anyhoo . . . I wouldn’t trust Mark Penn any further than I could throw him, given his genial association with the fascist-enabling No Labels grift, but I do wonder how much “magic” is left in the Kennedy name, 60 and 55 years after the assassinations of JFK and RFK, and decades after their less charismatic brother Ted joined the departed. I mean I’m old, and I really don’t remember RFK at all, let alone his brother. Meanwhile in my youth in the West that is forgotten, Ted Kennedy was just a senator, albeit an effective one, and a spectacularly unsuccessful presidential candidate in 1980, which we’re also a million miles away from by now.

Again, I will continue to comfort myself with thoughts of Ariana Grande, and red eye whiskey for the pain.

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