The New York Times:

Mr. Romney’s complicated relationship with Mr. Kennedy, from campaign foe to health care partner, helped shape both his political career and his image. Today, as a Republican candidate for president, he is courting conservative voters, a constituency that does not look kindly upon Mr. Kennedy or the Romney approach to health care, which will come under scrutiny again this week when the Supreme Court takes up challenges to a similar measure championed by President Obama.

But try as he might to distance himself, Mr. Romney cannot escape Mr. Kennedy’s influence. On the campaign trail, he uses the senator, who died in 2009, as a foil, denouncing Mr. Kennedy’s “liberal welfare state” policies and boasting of how Mr. Kennedy “had to take out a mortgage on his house to make sure he could defeat me.”

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Featured image drawn from James Coltrain’s excellent blog.

  • Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel

    Romney, very well, should be haunted by the despicable “ghost of Teddy Kennedy.” To associate with Kennedy, automatically holds him in suspect. Don’t birds of a political feather stick together:?

    “What did Senator Kennedy have in common with President Obama and the late Abortionist, George Tiller:?”