THE QUESTION

End of Kennedy dynasty?

Rep. Patrick Kennedy says he won't run for re-election, raising the possibility that his family's political dynasty has come to an end. To what degree do family connections and famous names fuel success? By giving up his political power and status as keeper of the Kennedy legacy, is Patrick Kennedy letting down his family and followers?

Posted by Success Editors on February 18, 2010 12:01 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Often, it's all relative

Patrick Kennedy is doing what he wants and I think that makes more sense than just doing what people think you are supposed to do.

Posted by Garrison Wynn, on February 18, 2010 7:12 PM

Merely a hiatus

Could the Kennedy political dynasty be coming to an end with Patrick Kennedy moving on to other pursuits? I would argue that this is merely a hiatus. In a family known for its commitment to public service, it is likely we have not seen the last Kennedy hold office.

Posted by Jan Scruggs, on February 18, 2010 12:02 AM

Family business

Rather than seeing Patrick Kennedy's retirement as the end of an era, I believe his decision is a very wise move, given his personal challenges. Somewhere out there is another Senator Kennedy and maybe even another President Kennedy. The hiatus will give them time to craft a fresh image and new political agenda.

Posted by Patricia McGuire, on February 18, 2010 12:02 AM

Following your heart

The odds of being successful can be correlated to the freedom you have to author your actions, mastery over your own efforts, drive, and real talent. If Patrick is picking a different path, then may the wind be at his back.

Posted by Seth Kahan, on February 18, 2010 12:01 AM

Evaluating priorities

By not running for re-election, I do not think Rep. Kennedy is letting his family down in any way. Maybe he is evaluating his own priorities in life after his father's death

Posted by Ashok Bajaj, on February 18, 2010 12:01 AM

Family ties

In all walks of life, there are family dynasties. When enough talent and energy emerges in the next generation, the baton is passed and future generations ride the wave. But over time, the line tends to peter out.

Posted by Virginia Bianco-Mathis, on February 18, 2010 12:00 AM

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