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Why Liberals Are Turning on Ted Kennedy
Real Clear Politics ^ | September 04, 2007 | Froma Harrop

Posted on 09/04/2007 12:03:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Once upon a time, Ted Kennedy could count on his daily dose of veneration. The right wing hated the Massachusetts Democrat, but progressives honored him as a defender of old-school liberalism.

In a remarkable turnaround, liberals are now heaping scorn on the 73-year-old senator. Young audiences boo at his name, and the leftish "Daily Show" on Comedy Central makes fun of him.

The source of unhappiness is Kennedy's efforts to kill an offshore wind farm on Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind was to be the first such project in the United States and a source of pride to environmentally minded New Englanders. Polls show 84 percent of Massachusetts residents in favor. But now it appears that America's first offshore wind farm will be near Galveston, Texas.

Proposed the month before Sept. 11, 2001, Cape Wind remains in limbo. It's been frustrated at every turn by a handful of yachtsmen, Kennedy included, who don't want to see windmills from their verandas. Many millions have been spent spreading disinformation and smearing the wind farm's supporters.

The towers would be at least five miles out and barely visible from shore on the clearest day, but the summer plutocrats resent any intrusion on their waterfront vistas -- and, equally, any challenge to the notion that they control everything.

"But don't you realize -- that's where I sail!" may stand as Kennedy's most self-incriminating quote.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 110th; capewind; chappaquiddick; democrats; dynasty; edwardkennedy; elites; environment; johnwarner; kennedy; kennedyfamily; liberals; maryjokopechne; murder; republicans; senate; tedkennedy; twoamericas
Look up "hypocrite" in the dictionary, and you'll see Teddy's picture, IMO.
1 posted on 09/04/2007 12:03:47 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Too bad the scorn didn’t come about 37 years earlier.


2 posted on 09/04/2007 12:06:20 AM PDT by coydog (Keep Canada green - paint a Liberal!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the dinosaur needs to become extinct


3 posted on 09/04/2007 12:08:03 AM PDT by GeronL (Fred Thompson '0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"But don't you realize -- that's where I sail!" - Teddy Kennedy

4 posted on 09/04/2007 12:08:44 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Truth matters. Words mean things. Those meanings are all that stand between you and the gulag...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

5 posted on 09/04/2007 12:10:45 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Truth matters. Words mean things. Those meanings are all that stand between you and the gulag...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6 posted on 09/04/2007 12:14:10 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Truth matters. Words mean things. Those meanings are all that stand between you and the gulag...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...progressives...

How do you label a group of people who want to this to be 1917 Russia, progressive?

I'm not playing into that ploy one bit.

7 posted on 09/04/2007 12:14:47 AM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: EternalVigilance

thar she blows! raise the main sail, there is a mighty warm wind a’comin from the stern


8 posted on 09/04/2007 12:16:04 AM PDT by GeronL (Fred Thompson '0?)
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To: DoughtyOne

I call them leftists, heck I call big government ‘conservatives’ leftist too


9 posted on 09/04/2007 12:16:48 AM PDT by GeronL (Fred Thompson '0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's been frustrated at every turn by a handful of yachtsmen, Kennedy included, who don't want to see windmills from their verandas

This fact should be pushed at every Kennedy supporter as an illustration of his lifelong hypocrisy.

When Deval Patrick became governor of Massachusetts, one of the first things he did was add $30 MILLION to the creation of the "Rose Kennedy Gardens" or whatever the stupid thing is called, a strip of grass and plants and walkway where the old expressway used to be.

Kennedy is taking millions of taxpayer dollars to build a monument to his MOTHER. Not only are there public buildings named for the family of the bootlegger and Nazi-appeaser Joe Kennedy, now there's heaps of money which could go to THE CHIIIILDREN!!!! being poured into a public gardens project which certainly shouldn't be costing this much, and also shouldn't be named for a family which has more than its share of pyramids.

Kennedy "brings home the bacon" in terms of public works projects for the unions--that's all he's ever done to ensure he stays in office. Other than pay-offs, his legacy is such that he would be nothing if he didn't have two murdered brothers, and the cojones to make it seem like we're accomplices after the fact in those murders if we don't vote his drunken, murdering butt into office over and over.

I'm SO glad that he's getting crap for this, a project almost anyone can agree is a good thing, and it's about time the left feels what the rest of us feel about this human embarassment.

10 posted on 09/04/2007 12:17:42 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Atheist, pro-lifer, pro-LEGAL immigrationer, Bostonian, reader, woman-watcher, writer, etc.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL. Great to see Teddy K. getting heat, although I have a proposal that would keep his sailing vistas absolutely pristine:

I propose that instead of the wind farm project there be a nuclear power plant sited as close to Hyannisport as possible, maybe even within town limits!!

I don’t think such wind farms offer much hope of making a real dent in out overall electricity needs, but new nuke plants, now that is the way to go!!!!!!


11 posted on 09/04/2007 12:18:07 AM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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To: EternalVigilance

Did you HAVE to post that while I was eating breakfast? :)


12 posted on 09/04/2007 12:18:55 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: GeronL

I can agree with that. Good for you.


13 posted on 09/04/2007 12:19:05 AM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: EternalVigilance

Hey it's a trust fund Baby Huey!

14 posted on 09/04/2007 12:23:19 AM PDT by GOP_Raider ("I guess I like to do things that bother people." -Urban Meyer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the irony is the 84% in mass that support the wind mill are going to vote for the old wind bag the next time he runs for election. kennedy is not the hypocrite (everyone knows what he’s about), it’s the people who keep on voting for him that are the hypocrites.


15 posted on 09/04/2007 12:23:23 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In 2004, Sen. John Warner, the Virginia Republican, added a last-minute rider to an urgent Iraq War funding bill that forbade the Army Corps of Engineers to spend money permitting offshore wind projects.

I always thought Warner was just another moneyed Rockefeller Republican...and I was right!

As with Orin Hatch, he's in the Rich Senators Club, and they protect their own.

16 posted on 09/04/2007 12:30:17 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Atheist, pro-lifer, pro-LEGAL immigrationer, Bostonian, reader, woman-watcher, writer, etc.)
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To: All

17 posted on 09/04/2007 12:30:42 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: JohnLongIsland
kennedy is not the hypocrite (everyone knows what he’s about), it’s the people who keep on voting for him that are the hypocrites.

No. We ALL vote for people we don't agree with 100%. I can't think of any politician I've voted for with whom I agreed on every issue.

Kennedy is a hypocrite because he says things like this:

"Kennedy rejected suggestions that he doesn't like the wind farm because it would be near his Cape home, and said the project probably wouldn't be visible from the Kennedy compound.He said he's against the project because it would create a range of environmental and navigational problems and would hurt tourism, one of the area's key industries."

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/04/27/kennedy_faces_fight_on_cape_wind/

18 posted on 09/04/2007 12:34:13 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Atheist, pro-lifer, pro-LEGAL immigrationer, Bostonian, reader, woman-watcher, writer, etc.)
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To: monkapotamus

LMAO, good one...


19 posted on 09/04/2007 12:42:44 AM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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To: Darkwolf377

exactly the point. they all know he’s b.s.ing them, but they still will vote for him. what’s the old adage? fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.


20 posted on 09/04/2007 12:48:01 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: EternalVigilance; monkapotamus

21 posted on 09/04/2007 12:48:17 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hey Teddy,
Kill anybody lately?


22 posted on 09/04/2007 1:32:52 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: All; 2ndDivisionVet; coydog; ThanhPhero; EternalVigilance; reformjoy; conservogirl; ...

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NEVER FORGET

.

Here’s a Sen. TED KENNEDY Picture of another color, taken as he toured military operations all over a then Free South Vietnam to personally see for himself what the fight for Freedom was really all about there at the very beginning of the Vietnam War in 1965:

(See 5th Picture down)
http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_set1.htm

Years later, after Sen. TED KENNEDY went on to lead a post-WATERGATE Democrat Congress into cutting off all our funding for the then Free South Vietnamese People to fight for their own Freedom with, just as the Soviet Union gave $6 Billion in tanks, artillery and ammo to Communist North Vietnam, horridly came upon the Free South:

Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education (SLAVE LABOR) Camp

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1308949/posts

..”JOURNEY from the FALL”.. MoviePremieres = Fall of Saigon CLARITY..

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1806248/posts

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(In other words, Sen. TED KENNEDY has always just known better..!!)

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Now with Sen. TED KENNEDY and his fellow Anti-Freedom Activists pushing hard to regain control of our precious Oval Office...
..in a new time of war
..in a new century
..with our own Freedom
..directly at stake
..right here at home

..what price is left for the still Free (that’s US) to pay now, I wonder..??

Don’t YOU..???

.

Signed:..”ALOHA RONNIE” Guyer
Veteran-1st Major Battles for Freedom of the Vietnam War 1965-66

http://www.military.com/ContentFiles/WWS_Index

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_colleciton.htm

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NEVER FORGET

.


23 posted on 09/04/2007 1:54:34 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Darkwolf377
Wouldn't the windmills merely be another navigational aid? Just a big buoy?
24 posted on 09/04/2007 2:24:46 AM PDT by Mark was here (Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wind farm near Galveston? Yikes. Next hurricane season, they might melt the entire electrical grid!
25 posted on 09/04/2007 2:26:19 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: Mark was here
Wouldn't the windmills merely be another navigational aid? Just a big buoy?

Yes, and you'd think Fat Teddy would take all the guidance getting his drunken ass back to port he could get!

26 posted on 09/04/2007 2:31:28 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Atheist, pro-lifer, pro-LEGAL immigrationer, Bostonian, reader, woman-watcher, writer, etc.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Is that a real ad?


27 posted on 09/04/2007 3:21:31 AM PDT by Bob J (Rightalk.com...a conservative alternative to NPR!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ted doesn’t want any competition as Mass’s most famous wind farm.


28 posted on 09/04/2007 3:29:36 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: Bob J
Is that a real ad?

No, it was a satirical ad in National Lampoon Magazine.

29 posted on 09/04/2007 3:32:55 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss)
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To: Locomotive Breath
There are way too many Republicans helping the old wind bag out. Alexander and Warner. No wonder the Republican party is hurting, they've been co-opted for years.
30 posted on 09/04/2007 3:54:19 AM PDT by Thebaddog (My dogs are asleep paws up)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve been trying to Google up a quote I’ve heard more than a few times, something about “They always shoot the wrong Kennedy”, anyone know who said that originally?


31 posted on 09/04/2007 3:56:29 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jan 20, 2009 - "We Don't Know. Where Rudy Went. Just Glad He's Not. The President. Burma Shave.")
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To: Jeff Chandler; Bob J

And to expand a bit, there was an actual VW ad that bragged the “Bug” was so tightly constructed that it would float.


32 posted on 09/04/2007 4:13:50 AM PDT by Locomotive Breath
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To: mkjessup

Dennis Leary (whover he is?)

09 Death

(The lights blast up full as he puts the match to another cigarette. He is now standing center stage.)

That’s the problem with this country. We always shoot all the wrong guys! We shoot JFK, we shoot RFK and it comes to Teddy, we go, “Ah, leave him alone. He’ll screw it up himself, no problem, you know?” He’s the biggest target in the whole goddamn Kennedy family — and nobody takes a shot at him. He weighs about 7000 pounds. You could shoot a bullet in Los Angeles and hit him in the ass in Boston five minutes later! He’d be standing on the lawn at the Kennedy compound going, “Uh, there’s a. . . uh. . . bullet. . . uh, uh. . . in, uh. . . my, uh. . . uh, uhh. . . ass, uh.”
Ted Kennedy. Good senator but a bad date. You know what I’m saying? One of those guys who gets home around midnight and says, “What did I forget? Oh! The girl! Damnit! I’ve gotta start remembering these things.” You know what I’m saying? I think you do. I think you hear me knocking and I think I’m coming in. And guess what? All I’m wearing is a shirt.
Ted Kennedy sitting on the Sexual Harassment Committee. Cut me a giant piece of big-break pie. Ted Kennedy sitting up on the dais — all 7000 pounds of him — going, “I’m finally an expert and I can’t even open my mouth. Wow.”
See, I grew up in Massachusetts as a working-class Irish kid. We adored the Kennedys.
We had this love/hate relationship with them. We loved to elect them, but we hated them because they had so much money. We loved to see them get into trouble, but we hated them because they always got away with it.
But I had to draw the line long before the Easter Rape Weekend. I had to draw a giant line. I had to draw the line at the Rose Kennedy birthday party a couple of summers ago. Now, if you’re a hundred — have a party. But do it in private because you probably don’t look too good. Not the Kennedys. No. Since it was Mrs. Kennedy it was on the cover of People magazine and on CNN. They wheeled her out onto the lawn at Hyannisport — there must have been two thousand Kennedys out there. She has no idea where she is. The wheelchair’s rolling. She’s in a trance. (Waving erratically) “Where’s Jack? Where’s Bobby?” She’s lucky Teddy wasn’t pushing the chair. “No. Teddy. Not off of the bridge. . . Noooooooo —” SPLASH.
There’s another cliche about the Kennedys. That the world was a bright and shining place until JFK was snatched away. But there’s an element of truth to that. That’s why it’s become a cliche. After JFK died, the war in Vietnam escalated. Then Bobby died and the war got worse. Then we had drugs. Then we had bell-bottoms. Then Casey Kasem had his own TV show. Then we had more drugs and more bell-bottoms and more drugs and guns and crime and poverty and more guns and more crime.

http://jorgen.nu/ncfc/09_death.asp


33 posted on 09/04/2007 4:15:48 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
a handful of yachtsmen, Kennedy included

Bwhahahaha! Who's kidding who? The Kennedy family all by itself keeps the Wood's Hole and Hyannis Coasties as busy as can be all summer long.

34 posted on 09/04/2007 4:24:37 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Darkwolf377
Rose Kennedy spent the last ten years drooling in Hyannisport. When she died, she paid no estate taxes because the fairness to the people Kenndys said she was a resident of Florida where she hadn’t been in decade.

The state tax authorities did nothing about the hundreds of million in the estate.

Nice to have leftist friends in government.

35 posted on 09/04/2007 4:29:50 AM PDT by Leisler (Just be glad you're not getting all the Government you pay for.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Harrop’s a leftist moonbat... the vast majority of mindless libs in MA are just fine with the fat, intern-killing drunk in Washington.


36 posted on 09/04/2007 4:31:14 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: Locomotive Breath

37 posted on 09/04/2007 4:38:06 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s always been turned on by liberals......................


38 posted on 09/04/2007 5:33:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I guess Teddy doesn't drive the Southeast Distressway since the electrical Union Boys haven't been told to stop spoiling the view of hundreds of motorists stuck in traffic there.

(They have a demo windmill on their union hall right along side a major artery into Boston from the south. The sucker is even lit up at night).

39 posted on 09/04/2007 5:54:26 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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To: Darkwolf377

A refreshing and thoughtful post. And a wonderful rebuttal to any of the gloabl warming minions and Al Gore. It’s all the ammo needed.


40 posted on 09/04/2007 6:04:31 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: All; coydog; EternalVigilance

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See:

http://www.military.com/ContentFiles/WWS_index

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41 posted on 09/04/2007 6:41:15 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bttt

“But don’t you realize — that’s where I sail!”


42 posted on 09/04/2007 6:58:45 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I doubt too many want the job of “turning on” Fatso. It can get you dead.


43 posted on 09/04/2007 7:03:38 AM PDT by dforest (Duncan Hunter is the best hope we have on both fronts.)
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To: metesky
When this ad appeared in a National Lampoon magazine, two sheriff's deputies entered the convenience store where I worked and removed the two copies left on the rack.

Power to the People (some, anyway).

44 posted on 09/04/2007 7:55:43 AM PDT by budwiesest (Knock on wood, monkeyboy!)
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To: coydog

Yep, they are scorning Teddy Kennedy over opposing the windmills. Too bad they had a different standard when he killed Mary Jo Koepechne.


45 posted on 09/04/2007 2:09:53 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: EternalVigilance

So that’s where all those Hefenreffers went?


46 posted on 09/05/2007 5:50:07 PM PDT by jschwartz
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