When JFK became President in 1961, it was compared in the press with the second coming of Camelot. The Kennedy clan have been at or near the center of American politics for the last 60 years. But JFK and Bobby both fell to assassins' bullets and the remaining Kennedys - Ted, Kathleen, Joseph and Patrick, all seemed to have came out of the shallow end of the gene pool. That said, all used their name and family ties to get elected to Congress, not to mention skip past a homicide charge or two. But if Camelot was introduced to America in 1961, Modred has ultimately proven the winner in 2010. First came the turn over of the Kennedy ancestral senate seat to a Republican who campaigned on a platform of killing Ted Kennedy's "life work." And now, the last Kennedy holding federal political office has read his political obituary on the wall. Patrick Kennedy, the mercurial, drug addled son of Ted and the eight term representative from Rhode Island, has announced that he will not seek reelection.
Thus ends Camelot. All Hail Modred. . . . See, fairy tales do have happy endings.