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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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By Rick Holmes
Nov. 26, 2013 6:11 p.m.



JoeKSpent some time Monday with Joe Kennedy III (still don’t know why it isn’t IV, but I forgot to ask.  Our story on it is here, and I may have more to say Sunday.

I continue to be fairly impressed with the guy.  He seems to work hard – I get his schedule of public events when he’s in the district, and holding office hours in 34 cities and towns, at least a few each weekend, isn’t my idea of a good time.  He’s working on some issues, notably the NSA eavesdropping program (though he’s not on either committee with jurisdiction. He made a point of explaining why he was the only member of the Mass. delegation to vote against Rep. Amash’s amendment stripping funding from one of the NSA’s phone metadata collection programs, saying he wanted a bigger debate on the issue, which he says is on the way.

He also seems to enjoy both the political battles and the policy wonk stuff. A lot of pols like one part of the job but not the other. He’s been inviting tea party Republican colleagues  out for coffee and dinner , figuring it’s better to establish a relationship with members on the other side before he’s in a position to bargain with them. The good news, he said, is that there are a lot of thoughtful, decent people in the opposition. The bad news is they aren’t going anywhere. The government shutdown and other GOP antics may be unpopular around here, but these guys remain popular in their districts. So better get to know them.

He acts like a guy who plans to be in Congress for the long haul.

And yes, that’s my gray hair spoiling the picture.

 

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