A sharp reader asks us cryptically to identify the historical anomaly in Maureen Dowd's column today on Harold Ford Jr. Ford, of course, is the relatively recent Tennessee arrival and quasi-tourist who seeks to start political life here at the top -- Bloomberg-style, straight from Wall Street -- with a challenge to appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
After the tip, we came to guess that our sphinx-like guru was referring to this Ford quote as conveyed by Dowd: "I'm not comparing myself to Bobby Kennedy by any stretch, but he was opposed by the liberal establishment, too...Eleanor Roosevelt was the biggest opponent to him running."
Unfortunately, Mrs. Roosevelt died in November 1962. She was 78. She'd been in declining health after being hit by a car in 1960.
Robert Kennedy was then attorney general in the presidential administration of his brother John. It was only after the JFK assassination that RFK sought the Senate seat in New York, and he didn't resign as AG until September 1964.
And now, as we surf the Web, we notice this Daily Kos post from early this morning making the point -- and taking it further. It's well worth a click. Better yet, check out the alert National Journal post to which the Kosfolk linked, by clicking here.