In other news, Ted Kennedy is dead

Screen shot from the OklahomanWhich is what’s wrong with the heading on this otherwise mostly-innocuous blurb in the Sunday Oklahoman: how the hell is this still “Ted Kennedy’s seat” when Ted Kennedy has been dead for more than two years? And it’s not like Scott Brown, the actual incumbent, is nothing more than a placeholder; that would be Paul G. Kirk, who was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to complete Kennedy’s term until such time that a special election could be held. (The circumstances, you may be sure, had their bizarre aspects.) Brown won that election in his own right, and even though he’s technically, as prescribed by law, adhering to the original election schedule — Kennedy, had he lived, would have served at least through 2012 — this seat is no more Ted Kennedy’s than it is Henry Cabot Lodge’s. (Or, for that matter, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.’s. Or JFK’s.)

And who took that picture of Elizabeth Warren? This is about as unflattering a photo of her as I’ve ever seen — okay, this one might be worse — and it plays right into the hands of the “Conservative Women Are Hotter” crowd.


  1. McGehee »

    25 September 2011 · 3:45 pm

    Hotter or not (er), conservative women at least don’t think “You don’t deserve to keep what you earn” is a good campaign message.

  2. Roger Green »

    25 September 2011 · 6:55 pm

    yeah, but Ted Kennedy DID hold it a little longer than Scott Brown, and especially in OK has better name recognition.

  3. CGHill »

    25 September 2011 · 7:00 pm

    I may have to give you that latter point, Roger. :)

  4. Don Mecoy »

    26 September 2011 · 12:23 pm

    One of The Oklahoman’s photographers took that picture last summer when I interviewed her at her brother’s home in Norman. It was hot, she was on vacation, and she didn’t care that we were taking photos of her as she was about to take some young relatives to the zoo. In several of the photos, you can see her brother’s framed photo of a Corvette on a mirror.

    She was very accommodating in an authentic Okie sort of way.

  5. CGHill »

    26 September 2011 · 1:03 pm

    I have encountered, over the years, several women who looked a whole lot better on video than in stills. Not being any kind of photographer, I am at a loss to explain this phenomenon.

  6. nightfly »

    27 September 2011 · 12:15 pm

    I find her designs on our money far less flattering than any photograph of her.

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