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The Real Ted Kennedy Legacy
84rules News and Commentary Blog ^ | August 26, 2009 | 84rules

Posted on 08/26/2009 7:13:53 AM PDT by 84rules

Susan Donaldson James of ABC News nails the true Ted Kennedy legacy:

The Real Ted Kennedy Legacy
84rules
August 26, 2009


TOPICS: Government; History; Miscellaneous; Politics
KEYWORDS: chappaquiddick; kennedy; kopchne; legacy; senate; swimmerbuysit; tedkennedy
I wonder if the Kopechne family will make any sort of statement, or simply remain silent as they have since 1969?
1 posted on 08/26/2009 7:13:53 AM PDT by 84rules
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To: 84rules

http://www.nndb.com/people/623/000023554/

“Kennedy earned C grades at the private Milton Academy, but was admitted to Harvard as a “legacy” — his father and older brothers had attended there, so the younger and dimmer Kennedy’s admission was virtually assured. While attending, he was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him. While expelled, Kennedy enlisted in the Army, but mistakenly signed up for four years instead of two. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador to England, pulled the necessary strings to have his enlistment shortened to two years, and to ensure that he served in Europe, not Korea, where a war was raging. Kennedy was assigned to Paris, never advanced beyond the rank of Private, and returned to Harvard upon being discharged.

While attending law school at the University of Virginia, he was cited for reckless driving four times, including once when he was clocked driving 90 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood with his headlights off after dark. Yet his Virginia driver’s license was never revoked. He passed the bar exam in 1959, and two years later was appointed an Assistant to the District Attorney in Massachusetts’ Suffolk County.

In 1962, at age 30 (constitutionally, the minimum age to hold a Senate seat) he ran for the Senate. His timing was perfect — his brother John had given up the seat to become President, and Kennedy easily won the office. He was re-elected eight times to the office.

In 1964, he was seriously injured in a plane crash, and hospitalized for several months. His sister Kathleen and nephew “John John” were killed in separate plane crashes.

On 19 July 1969, Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts. At about 11:00 PM, he borrowed his chauffeur’s keys to his Oldsmobile limousine, and offered to give a ride home to Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker. Leaving the island via an unlit bridge with no guard rail, Kennedy steered the car off the bridge, flipped, and into Poucha Pond. He swam to shore and walked back to the party — passing several houses and a fire station — and two friends returned with him to the scene of the accident. According to their later testimony, they told him what he already knew, that he was required by law to immediately report the accident to the authorities. Instead Kennedy made his way to his hotel, called his lawyer, and went to sleep.

Kennedy called the police the next morning. By then the wreck had already been discovered. Before dying, Kopechne had scratched at the upholstered floor above her head in the upside-down car. The Kennedy family began pulling strings, ensuring that any inquiry would be contained. Her corpse was whisked out-of-state to her family, before an autopsy could be conducted. Further details are uncertain, but after the accident Kennedy says he repeatedly dove under the water trying to rescue Kopechne, and he didn’t call police because he was in a state of shock. In versions not so kind, it is widely assumed Kennedy was drunk, that he was having an affair with Kopechne, and/or that he held off calling police in hopes that his family could fix the problem overnight.

Since the accident, Kennedy’s political enemies have referred to him as the distinguished Senator from Chappaquiddick, or worse. He pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and was given a suspended sentence of two months. Kopechne’s family received a small payout from the Kennedy’s insurance policy, and never sued. There was later an effort to have her body exhumed and autopsied, but her family successfully fought against this in court, and Kennedy’s family paid their attorney’s bills.

In 1973, at the height of Nixon’s Watergate scandal, Kennedy thundered from the Senate floor, “Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?”


2 posted on 08/26/2009 7:15:20 AM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: 84rules

Her parents are dead I believe!


3 posted on 08/26/2009 7:15:24 AM PDT by ontap
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To: 84rules

Good news - the mudering SOB is dead
Bad news - non-stop stories about how great he was for the next week.


4 posted on 08/26/2009 7:15:35 AM PDT by jessduntno (Privatization + Inter-State Sales + Individual Policies + Tort Reform = Healthcare Reform)
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To: 84rules
The Kopechnes are all dead now. I recall reading many years ago when MJ’s parents passed.
5 posted on 08/26/2009 7:16:05 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: NavVet

Kennedy smears President Bush and our troops on the US Senate floor:

He described the Iraq war as a fraud “made up in Texas” as part of political strategy — accused the President of the US of “telling lie, after lie, after lie”, in order to go to war in Iraq.

Kennedy smears Judge Alito...Mrs. Alito in tears:

“In suggesting that Samuel Alito had belonged to a racist conservative group, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy relied heavily on an essay published by the organization that sounded like a bigoted rant. The essay, titled ‘In Defense of Elitism.....But the magazine’s editor at the time says the article was pure satire, a send-up of what liberals think conservatives think. He added quote, ‘I think left-wing groups have been feeding Senator Kennedy snippets and he has been mindlessly reciting them,”

Sen. Edward Kennedy Smears the Nation

“On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked: ‘Who would prefer that Saddam’s torture chambers still be open?’ Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management — U.S. management.”

A speech on the Senate floor, May 10, 2004.

Kennedy’s smear of Judge Bork on the US Senator floor:

“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy....”

Kennedy betrays President Reagan:

May 14, 1983 document from the KGB archives reveals that Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) reached out to the General Secretary of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party, Yuri Andropov, to propose a kind of public relations strategy to counter President Reagan’s defense policy initiatives toward the Soviet Union, policies that Kennedy felt were too aggressive.


6 posted on 08/26/2009 7:16:57 AM PDT by roses of sharon (It is not actual suffering but a taste of better things which excites people to revolt: Hoffer)
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To: NavVet
In 1973, at the height of Nixon’s Watergate scandal, Kennedy thundered from the Senate floor, “Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?”

Nice one.
7 posted on 08/26/2009 7:17:06 AM PDT by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: 84rules

Another Kennedy will spring up to take his Senate seat. This family is like weeds.


8 posted on 08/26/2009 7:19:17 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: roses of sharon

Didn’t Kennedy also make the comment at Judge Clarence Thomas’ inquisition that “it is not the actual guilt, but the seriousness of the charges” that justified the Anita Hill lies?


9 posted on 08/26/2009 7:23:09 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Don't fire unless fired upon, but it they mean to have a war, let it begin here." J Parker, 1775)
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To: 84rules

I’ve been wondering just how uncomfortable are things for Ted right now. Was Mary Jo at the Pearly Gates along with St. Peter saying to Ted “You really do belong somewhere else, where it’s alot warmer.”

I have to hope that there is some form of judgement for him.


10 posted on 08/26/2009 7:26:10 AM PDT by Lucretia Borgia (I will be happy to show Obama the same respect the Democrats gave Reagan, Bush, and Palin.)
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To: Huskrrrr

Yes, I imagine Caroline’s residency will suddenly change from NY to Massachusetts. Though, if the Kennedys don’t manage to get state law changed yet again to suit them, she may not be able to get elected even there.


11 posted on 08/26/2009 7:26:15 AM PDT by carolinablonde ("The Constitution protects all of us, not just those on the left." - Gov. Sarah Palin)
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To: MinuteGal; BP2; STARWISE; LucyT; PhiKapMom; MeekOneGOP

A more accurate list of his “accomplishments’ here:


12 posted on 08/26/2009 7:26:43 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: NavVet
In 1973, at the height of Nixon’s Watergate scandal, Kennedy thundered from the Senate floor, “Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?”

Yeah, Ted "thundered" all right - with hypocrisy.

13 posted on 08/26/2009 7:31:04 AM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: ontap

he will be judged by a higher court now. and Mary Jo will be thre with her parents to hear it.


14 posted on 08/26/2009 7:31:37 AM PDT by television is just wrong (one bad ass mistake America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: 84rules

how about the most destructive immigration and naturalization act of 1965?


15 posted on 08/26/2009 7:31:48 AM PDT by bankwalker (In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: carolinablonde

I don’t think Caroline’s going anywhere. One look at her six months ago proved she’s not in need of a lobotomy.


16 posted on 08/26/2009 7:34:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: carolinablonde

Where there’s a Kennedy, there’s a way.


17 posted on 08/26/2009 7:37:50 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: bankwalker

It is a shame that Kennedy’s ideas for healthcare reform were wrong right from the beginning.

Not to mention his disastrous legacy with regard to immigration reform which was not reform at all but complete amnesty.

Kennedy’s legacy is just as bad as Carter’s.

Had Kennedy actually took responsibility right from the beginning for the tragic death of Mary Jo Kopechne and actually made an attempt to save her life instead of thinking about saving his own skin, both physical and political, his entire political career may have turned out a lot more positive.

The entire Kennedy family is the stuff Greek tragedies are made of.


18 posted on 08/26/2009 7:38:15 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: 84rules

Good Riddance!!


19 posted on 08/26/2009 7:38:21 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: 84rules

A legacy of Rat Bastardy


20 posted on 08/26/2009 7:41:38 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: NavVet

You can tell a lot about people by the heroes they have. Mine was Ronald Reagan...


21 posted on 08/26/2009 7:42:43 AM PDT by blake6900 (YOUR AD HERE)
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bttt


22 posted on 08/26/2009 7:44:01 AM PDT by NoRedTape
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To: Redleg Duke

I’m not sure...for some reason I’m thinking that was Patrick Leahy who said that.


23 posted on 08/26/2009 7:49:20 AM PDT by roses of sharon (It is not actual suffering but a taste of better things which excites people to revolt: Hoffer)
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To: bigbob

If a lifelong love affair with womanizing, adultery and alcoholism is a legacy, then it belongs to the Kennedys. And they’re supposed to be a model for other Catholic families? Hah!


24 posted on 08/26/2009 7:49:54 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: hoosiermama

25 posted on 08/26/2009 7:52:06 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: 84rules

I suggest FReepers in the area go to THAT bridge and hold a party to celebrate the removal from America of one of its more destructive politicians and an infamous “hit and run”, oops, make that “drown & run” driver.


26 posted on 08/26/2009 7:53:47 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: 84rules

27 posted on 08/26/2009 7:58:41 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"One look at her six months ago proved she’s not in need of a lobotomy."

fooled me

28 posted on 08/26/2009 7:59:18 AM PDT by doodles2 (Pigtails too tight)
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To: NavVet

I believe it was also stated in the book about Chappaquidick that Kenedy didn’t have a valid drivers license and the State of Taxachusetts managed to come up with one that was backdated.


29 posted on 08/26/2009 8:05:24 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15)
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To: roses of sharon

Isn’t Teddy the one who is responsible for the phrase “Borking” after the hearingd? He did say women would die in back alleys from abortions if Judge Bork was on the Supreme Court.


30 posted on 08/26/2009 8:15:40 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Just got up from Bedroomshire)
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To: Huskrrrr

I bet caroline or one of his kids are moving back to Mass. even as we speak to declare residency for his seat, unless his wife got a deathbed promise.


31 posted on 08/26/2009 8:17:34 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Just got up from Bedroomshire)
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To: Huskrrrr
Another Kennedy will spring up to take his Senate seat.

They may have the jump on us, but it's time we get behind whomever the GOP of Massa chooses, and work to get them elected.

Why do you think they wanted to change the law back to an appointment by the governor...They know they'll have difficulty achieving their goal. If a primary...look for crossover votes.

32 posted on 08/26/2009 8:23:35 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama

I wonder if Romney will go for the seat. Is he still a MA resident? Maybe he’ll get to show us how he’ll “out-liberal Ted.”


33 posted on 08/26/2009 8:26:55 AM PDT by Ingtar (Obama's Fault: I live in a bowl below sea level)
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To: Citizen Soldier
Yep, Kennedy was another member of the evil Unamerican Democrat Party that ruined family lives, livelihoods, careers, and reputations of their enemies.....American patriots.

“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy....”

34 posted on 08/26/2009 8:27:41 AM PDT by roses of sharon (It is not actual suffering but a taste of better things which excites people to revolt: Hoffer)
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To: hoosiermama

You right, could be VERY interesting.


35 posted on 08/26/2009 8:31:16 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: roses of sharon

Thanks for the quote. That’s the one I was thinking about. He could ruin a person and their career with the best of ‘em, and without one iota of shame.


36 posted on 08/26/2009 8:33:03 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier (Just got up from Bedroomshire)
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To: roses of sharon

I think Leahy was too busy leaking classified information to the enemy via the media.


37 posted on 08/26/2009 8:35:47 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Don't fire unless fired upon, but it they mean to have a war, let it begin here." J Parker, 1775)
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To: Ev Reeman
"And they’re supposed to be a model for other Catholic families?"

No, even us heretical Lutherans understand that they represent one of the weaknesses of that other faith, that money talks and opens doors.

I would hazard a guess that the antics of the Kennedy Family has been of great embarrassment to a vast preponderance of Roman Catholics who try very hard to live by the rules.

Remember, JFK was the first Catholic President. There was a very significant anti-Catholic bias that was carried over from Europe and from the experiences leading up to and through the Reformation.

People make a big deal about race relations and resentment about blacks in positions of power, but there were just as strong a feelings about the Irish and Italians due to their Roman Catholic faith.

These biases are based on the excesses of the pre-Reformation Catholic Church and fears and resentments do die hard. The Kennedys, unfortunately, with their favored treatment by the church, just reopen the wounds and resentment of the European Aristocracy. Something most of our ancestors came to America to escape.

38 posted on 08/26/2009 8:43:54 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Don't fire unless fired upon, but it they mean to have a war, let it begin here." J Parker, 1775)
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To: Ingtar

Earlier posts said he was no longer a resident of the state....Wonder if any of his sons are?


39 posted on 08/26/2009 8:47:05 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: All

Kennedy Legacy - http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/1/30/124842.shtml?s=lh

Former Democratic Chief Counsel: Ted Kennedy Disgraced Himself
Jerry Zeifman
Monday, Jan. 30, 2006 (Newsmax.com)

In my view (as a Democrat and former chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee), Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., has disgraced himself and our party by misusing his position on the Senate Judiciary Committee to achieve self-serving partisan ends.

Kennedy was the architect of an unprecedented tactic: using filibusters to polarize the Senate along party lines thus denying the confirmation of qualified conservative judges. In Bush’s first term the Senate Democrats used that tactic successfully against at least 10 nominees for judgeships on circuit courts.

Fortunately, Kennedy has failed in his partisan attempt to deny Judge Alito a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

This occurred largely because Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska formed a non-partisan coalition of seven Democrats and seven Republicans to oppose filibusters, except in extraordinary cases.

Filibusters first arose after the Civil War as a means of defeating legislation intended to foster desegregation. They were an anathema to those of us who joined Martin Luther King’s famous March on Washington in 1963.

Fifteen years later during the Clinton administration filibusters were presumably also abhorrent to Senator Kennedy, who then wanted to outlaw them entirely. On Jan. 28, 1998, he argued: “ The president and the Senate do not always agree [on judicial nominations]. But we should resolve these disagreements by voting ‘yes’ or ‘no.’” Three years later Kennedy put politics above principle and became a champion of the filibuster. He also threatened to boycott any work of the Senate that was not essential for national security if a Republican majority was trying to outlaw filibusters by amending the Senate rules.

Subsequently, in a badgering cross-examination of Judge Alito, Kennedy tried to portray him as an undercover enemy of equal rights for women and minorities.

For me, Kennedy’s effort to impugn Judge Alito’s integrity was reminiscent of Republican Senator Joe McCarthy, who tarred his victims with the brush of guilt by association. Kennedy’s charge against Alito was based on the fact that 34 years ago, while a reserve officer in the Army, he joined a Princeton alumni group that opposed the banning of ROTC programs from the university’s campus. Some members of the group (other than Alito) wanted Princeton to continue its traditional policy of denying admission to women.

They also opposed affirmative action programs based on quotas. (Quota-bases programs were subsequently prohibited by the U.S. Supreme Court.)

On Jan. 17, NewsMax reported a story that most of the liberal media ignored: Kennedy had admitted his own membership in the Owl Club, which does not allow women, and was banned from the Harvard campus. He had paid dues to the all-male club ever since his student days.

Faced with evidence of his hypocrisy, Kennedy said, “I am going to get out of it as fast as I can.”

Aside from the Senator’s association with an all-male club there is other more substantial evidence of flaws in Kennedy’s character: Kennedy had been expelled from Harvard for paying a friend to take a Spanish exam for him.

He also has a history of mistreating women. In July 1969, with Mary Jo Kopechne (his date for the night at a drinking party) beside him in his car, Kennedy drove off the side of a bridge on Cape Cod at Chappaquiddick on Cape Cod.

When the car began to submerge in water the Senator escaped. Mary Jo remained in the car and drowned.

At that time Joan Kennedy, the Senator’s wife, was pregnant. Traumatized by the scandal and by her husband’s philandering, she had a miscarriage. She then started to drink her way into alcoholism. Eventually she went into psychiatric treatment and divorced Kennedy.

To counter the bad reputation he acquired among women because of the Chappaquiddick scandal and his mistreatment of his wife, the Senator pandered to pro-choice feminists – causing his pro-life detractor to quip, “Libertine men always favor abortion.”

At the Senate’s confirmation hearings Kennedy metaphorically picked up the pro-abortion gauntlet and hoped to deliver Judge Alito’s head on a political platter to Washington’s most radical feminist groups and other major contributors of campaign money to the Democratic Party.

Finally, anyone interested in the flaws in Kennedy’s character should read “The Senator: My Ten Years With Ted Kennedy,” by Richard Burke. The author describes how he tried to save the Senator from his personal excesses.

He also provides a behind-the-scenes account of Kennedy’s 1980 unsuccessful primary race against then President Jimmy Carter; which hopelessly polarized the Democratic Party - and helped Ronald Reagan move into the White House.

During my own career on Capitol Hill I once told House Speaker “Tip” O’Neill in confidence: “I have a low opinion of Senator Kennedy.” He replied discreetly: “The Kennedys are not real Democrats. They have their own party.” [Editor’s Note: Get the bestselling book about Ted Kennedy’s hypocrisy — Click Here.]

Jerry Zeifman is former chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee and a lifelong Democrat. He is also author of “Without Honor: Crimes of Camelot and the Impeachment of President Nixon.” He is currently hoping to publish “The Dissident Democrat: a Political Memoir.”


40 posted on 08/26/2009 8:47:38 AM PDT by Nobel_1 (energy security for national security)
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To: ontap
Her parents are dead I believe!
I believe you are correct ...

41 posted on 08/26/2009 9:05:20 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: doodles2

I should have said “another”...


42 posted on 08/26/2009 9:18:02 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: oh8eleven

43 posted on 08/26/2009 9:25:46 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: Huskrrrr
Another Kennedy will spring up...

I fully expect it. The Kennedy's won't let this seat leave the family. If the majority of Massachusetts voters chose Chappaquiddick Ted for their senator all these many years, they'll vote for another family member in a heartbeat.

Is there a psychiatric term for "Bay State Kennedy Addiction"?

44 posted on 08/26/2009 11:41:33 PM PDT by IIntense
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To: GladesGuru
...go to THAT bridge and hold a party...

Another idea is to hold an informal memorial gathering for Mary Jo.

In some way, we should counter all the media praise and glory they will heap upon this "great man". I intend to have a sign made for my front lawn which says, simply, REMEMBER MARY JO KOPECHNE. If I can include her picture, I will.

I'm also waiting to see how the Catholic Church deals with a Requiem Mass for Ted. Will many cardinals, archbishops and bishops be in attendance? If so, why?

45 posted on 08/27/2009 12:01:10 AM PDT by IIntense
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