The Senate turned into a bit of a schoolyard Wednesday as the Democratic presidential rivals gathered with their cliques, assembling to vote on the economic stimulus package. It was all in good spirits, though, as Sens. Obama, Kennedy, Feinstein, Clinton and others joked. As Sen. Claire McCaskill explained: “I think they were having fun at Ted’s expense. ... But everyone is good-natured about it.”
Clinton laughed, as the group joked about Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama, and Clinton’s subsequent win of his home state, Massachusetts, on Super Tuesday. Clinton remarked to Obama about “a big sigh of relief when he endorsed you.”
“You know, a little ribbing,” Feinstein said when asked about the exchange. “It was all good-hearted though.”
“I think they were having fun at Ted’s expense,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill. She said Kennedy told her it’s been a hard month. First there was the Super Bowl, where the supposedly unbeatable New England Patriots lost. Then the election, which is dividing Democrats—including the Kennedy family—between the Clinton and Obama camps. “But everyone is good-natured about it,” McCaskill said.