The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is about to open in the wake of a family feud that has gone largely unnoted in the news media lately, but was all the rage two years ago.
Regardless, yesterday’s New York Times beat the Boston dailies to the preview.
In the Mold of a Senator Who Bartered
When it opens next month in Boston, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate will be aiming to restore respect for Congress at a time when rancor and partisanship have seriously damaged its reputation.
As if to lead by example, the Kennedy family seems to have patched up its own reported differences over the $79 million institution, which with a full-scale replica of the Senate chamber will seek to educate the public about the legislative process.
The senator’s two sons, who were said to be at odds with their father’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, over issues of cost and control, are by all appearances now supportive of the project and Mrs. Kennedy, who leads the institute’s board.
“Like all families, we’ve had our disagreements,” said Edward M. Kennedy Jr., a lawyer. “But Vicki’s done an incredible job. We are totally united in our goal to make sure that our father’s vision is realized.”
Good for you. (The rest is pretty much Kennedy agitprop.)
But it beats the hometown team’s coverage, which lately has been this:
In other words, nothing about the upcoming opening.
We’ll keep you posted on the Globe’s inevitable catch-up coverage.
OMG, “a full-scale replica of the Senate chamber”…could anything be more self-indulgent? Sounds like a temple or altar of worship of some sort…except we’re paying for all/most of it, and dearly.
I thought the Constitution says something about separation of church and state, but I guess when it applies to the Kennedy family, these restrictions are only minor inconveniences.