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  Sizing up the next generation of Kennedys
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Last EditedMonsieur  Nov 22, 2009 02:41pm
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AuthorThe Associated Press
News DateSunday, November 22, 2009 08:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy will be a tough act to follow, even for the Kennedys. His death, coupled with the decision by family members not to seek the seat he held for nearly five decades, has prompted predictions that the family's long-running political dynasty is over.

There's talk the Kennedy political bloodlines are running thin. Some say the younger brood lacks the grit and zest for political combat that drove the liberal Democrat to become one of the leading politicians of the last 40 years.

Yet it's probably too early to write off one of America's most powerful and popular families. A new generation of Kennedys, many of whom are active in humanitarian and political causes, could emerge to extend the dynasty.

Some Democrats hope the late senator's eldest son, Edward Kennedy Jr., steps up. The Connecticut attorney, 48, said he's considering following in his father's footsteps in politics but has no immediate plans to do so. He has two children, ages 11 and 15.
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