Kerry's campaign appeared to be seriously faltering. In November he replaced campaign manager James M. Jordan with Mary Beth Cahill, who was serving as Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's chief of staff. A December 3, 2003 American Research Group poll of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire showed Kerry trailing Dean 45% to 13%.With the help of the Kennedy's, Kerry ended up winning the nomination.
In 2008, Hillary - like Dean - was the frontrunner by far. But.... Obama secured the endorsement of the Kennedy's, with Caroline now leading the way, and Obama won the nomination.
This endorsement disappointed the Clinton's but it shouldn't have surprised them: the Kennedy's and the Chicago Machine go way back; Joseph Kennedy Sr sold whisky to the mobsters there and bought the Chicago Mart and had deep ties to the city and the machine which ran it then, and runs it now.
This is the machine which launched Obama and gave him his first COS, Rahm Emanuel. It is the machine which employed Michelle's father, too.
The combined efforts of the Chicago Machine and the Kennedy Machine and the Democrat Party Machine will choose the next nominee. One who will protect the machine, first and foremost.
That means serve the SEIU, AFSCME, the NEA, the AFL0CIO, the trial lawyers, La Raza, the NAACP, and the New Black Panthers Party and the LGBT(xyz123) crowd.
Someone who can get the support of Caroline Kennedy, first and foremost.
Where she goes, the others will follow...
UPDATE: Joe Biden has deep ties to the Chicago Machine and was tight with Teddy.... and Kerry and Warren are from Massachusetts: One of these three will get the nod from Caroline and be the nominee.