Maybe. Here's why.
Why are so many American voters attracted to maniacs?
If you will read his brief autobiography, which is free online, you'll see that he can't win. He ridicules his wife for hanging herself, unable to last even three days alone when he;d left her. If that book isn't withdrawn, it should show something about him that will be creepy enough for everyone to cross him off their list.
RFK Jr. is someone who everyone who values democracy and freedom should be very worried about. He doesn’t have any of his fathers core values and as far as I’m concerned, he’s more of a right wing radical . His father would be shocked and so ashamed of what his son has come to represent.
Thank you , Robert. I pin this directly on the GOP FORTY YEARS destruction of education in America.
How did we get to a place where so many Americans are willing to follow crackpots with theories and lies that are unsupported by any facts whatsoever? If they just keep yelling it loudly enough, over and over, does it become fact?
Time to check into who's funding Junior.
Thank you, Secretary Reich. You have written a wonderful piece. I noticed that Dennis Kucinich, who I THOUGHT was a progressive (he once got single digits for his run as President on a 3rd Party ticket) is Junior’s campaign manager! Ugh! I remember RFK well and saw him once campaigning in my upper west side neighborhood (NYC) on the back of a truck to waving crowds. I was shattered, as were many of us, by his tragic assassination. May his son lose bigly.....
A heartbreaking legacy to a great man. His father and must be rolling over in his grave. How sad.
Everything Dr Reich has said about RFK Jr is exactly what I have thought over the past few years. He is frightening - the fear is that his name is a draw, and unlike his heritage he is using it for all he can get out of it. I loved his father and to this day, think about what could have been. A truly inspired human being was taken from us. The opposite can be said about his namesake.
As a psychologist, I’m not real happy with people being called crazy or nut cases. we must distinguish between real major, mental illness, and underlying issues that may be mental illness, but it is really very much a put down for people who struggle with severe illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar and depression and anxiety. I can’t say much as far as diagnostics as I am a licensed, clinical psychologist in California, as far as the situation mentioned, it might be interesting to look up paranoid personality disorder, and cluster B personality disorders. Have a great day and please show more respect for those of us who truly suffer with what is a neurological illness falsely called major mental illness.
Guardian headline this morning:
"At least 100 million people are eligible to run for US president. Why are we left with Robert F Kennedy Jr?"
How will our allies work with an isolationist ???
Thank you, Robert, for the excellent summary of the political life of RFK Jr, but it deeply saddens me. I will add his name to my ever-growing list of dangerous men and women.
If RFK, Jr. cowtows to Elon, imagine how he will cave in to Putin.
Your right, Mr. Reich,
Bobby Kennedy was America's Great hope. His namesake is an embarrassment. I think Biden should reach out before the primaries and tell RFK Jr. that if Biden wins re-election, Biden could name RFK Jr. head of the EPA. Kennedy would drop out, support Biden, then Biden could nominate him, but tell Schumer to make sure he doesn't get the votes.
What happened to the Robert Reich who offered full-throated advocacy for wealth equality and regulating corporate power over decades? RFK Jr. is still an environmentalist, and has litigated for corporate responsibility for decades. As someone who follows his thinking, I'm shocked by some of the rhetorical flourishes in this essay that misinterpret his actual positions. The corporate media mostly ignores "The Real Anthony Fauci," and when they do review it, it consists of ad hominem attacks, and puff pieces about how disappointed his family is in him. There are 2,194 footnotes in the book, and I have yet to read one mainstream review that refutes one fact or footnote on the merits, including this one.
Since when do we organize public health along political party lines? Since COVID. Corporate Democrats have nothing to offer that includes happy or free human beings, any more than Corporate Republicans. An honest reading of Dr. Reich's political analysis across decades reveals his own misgivings. Dr. Reich, please tell me that you remember the core message of your life's work, and haven't become a partisan corporate propagandist.
I would love to see Dr. Reich debate RFK Jr. I have a great amount of respect for Reich’s views, but it’s hard for me to read his characterization of Kennedy as a crack pot without hearing Kennedy’s rebuttal. I’ve watched numerous interviews of RFK Jr recently. Overall he handles the criticism of being antivax very empirically—with peer reviewed studies. But he’s not running on his vaccine skepticism, but instead on challenging the corporate take over of American democracy and bringing together Americans, including the far Right. He does this through respectful discourse and focusing on common ground. His political views are eclectic—some decidedly Right (distrust of government), some very much to the left (environmentalism and a woman’s right to choice). He is no more anti immigration than Biden—he wants to control our Southern border, but increase legal immigration of those escaping countries that we helped to denigrate. He is a boundary spanning agent. In my research theses are the kind of leaders needed to bring together competing values. He’s hard to listen to because of his vocal cord impairment, but his thoughts are at times quite profound. I find his candidacy intriguing.