Can Ted Kennedy help Obama among Latinos?

I guess we’ll see. He could use the help.

Intended or not, one of the consequences of making Barack Obama the “black candidate” is to damage his cause among Latino voters. And that’s a constitutency where having Ted Kennedy’s endorsement might matter. There are still lots of households with photos of JFK, RFK, and César Chavez in the living room.

Apparently EMK is willing to do some actual work:

Kennedy plans to campaign actively for Obama, an aide said, and will focus particularly among Hispanics and labor union members, who are important voting blocks in several Feb. 5 states, including California, New York, New Jersey, Arizona and New Mexico.

Update Brian Beutler analyzes the endorsement picture in the Senate, and argues that the Kennedy endorsement actually contains information about the likely Presidential competence of the two candidates, both of whom he has had a chance to observe up close.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: