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Massachusetts & the Kennedy mystique

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Feb 08, 2010

To appreciate the importance of what happened in the special election here in Massachusetts last month, you have to understand the extraordinary power of the Kennedy mystique, and how much it neutralized what had been a strong conservative Catholic influence. I tackle both subjects in a review of the late Ted Kennedy's memoir, appearing in the current issue of the American Spectator

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Cornelius - Feb. 09, 2010 9:03 AM ET USA

    Fine article, Phil. It will be interesting to see what kind of Catholic Massachusetts emerges now that the neutralization effect of a prominent Kennedy is gone.