Skip to comments.The Audacity of One Final Act of Political Corruption
Posted on 08/21/2009 5:36:25 PM PDT by Starman417
My heart goes out to Massachusetts senior Senator Ted Kennedy as he battles fatal brain cancer. No one should have to suffer slowly toward their demise. That said, Kennedy's latest--and perhaps his last--major act as a senator constitutes nothing short of blatant political corruption.
Usually, politicians try to keep their wrongdoings shrouded from view in darkened rooms. It's easier to get away with what you want when the lights are off. For example:
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford went to Argentina to have an affair.
John Edwards fathered a child out of wedlock while his wife had cancer and convinced a loyal aid to initially take the fall. Cue the National Enquirer and federal grand juries.
Congressman John Murtha met in private with undercover federal agents posing as Middle Eastern businessmen during the ABSCAM scandal 30 years ago but avoided prosecution by testifying as an unindicted co-conspiritor. When asked about accepting $50,000 in bribe money, Murtha said he was not interested "at this point" but could be later as they got to know each other.
Former Congressman Mark Foley resigned in disgrace after it was discovered he had sent sexually explicit messages to a former page.
Congressman Barney Frank's former "roommate" was running a gay prostitution ring out of their DC apartment.
There are many others on both sides of the aisle who've had their private sins exposed. Some committed crimes while others committed only acts of paramount stupidity. But all were done in a clandestine fashion for obvious reasons.
That's what makes Senator Kennedy's impolitic public pronouncement that he is seeking to change his state's senatorial succession law in anticipation of his death so shocking in its brazenness.
Democrat-controlled Massachusetts changed the state's senatorial succession law in 2004. Previously, the state's governor had the power to appoint a replacement senator until an election could be held. You'll recall, however, in 2004 the state's junior senator, John Kerry, was the Democrat nominee for president but the governor at the time was a dastardly Republican: Mitt Romney. So, in an effort to deprive Romney of this power in the event of Kerry's election, the state legislature changed the rules to require a special election for the replacement.
Fast forward to 2009. Massachusetts now has a Democrat governor and Senator Kennedy's condition will soon render him unable to serve and the end of his life is hastening. The timing couldn't be worse for Kennedy because of his career-long interest in the issue of health care for all Americans--unless, of course, your last name is Kopechne.
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Karma’s a b!tch, y’all.
Oh, Fat Teddy’s done for, huh? I hadn’t heard, although the pattern of hospitalizations looked suspicious. Too bad, and too bad he ever got elected to the Senate.
IMO Senator Kennedy is going out like the POS he has always been. I felt sorry for Mary Jo seeking life and breath all alone in an air pocket trying to live while Teddy sobered up ,called his lawyer ,and arranged for a Kennedy Judge. Do I feel sorry for Ted Kennedy . No. Sometimes justice is delayed, but it has come to Ted.
Bill Schneider will anoint this ‘the political play of the week’.
Well, my heart has a different opinion.
Does this dimbulb author think that perhaps Miss Kopechne had a quick and merciful death?
Or is it much more likely that she struggled for many minutes before exhausting the air trapped in the roof of that lying asswipe's car?
And then held her breath as long as she could...
A proposition with which I do not concur.
My God the audacity of this corpulent corrupt “JackAss” trying to literally at the last minute change the rules so he can personally choose his own replacement is
absolutely “Beyond the Pale”.
Are the Sheeple of Mass. going to just lay down and take it one more time or do something about this?????????
Who knows? Maybe he won’t get ferried across after all, but find Himself stuck in an air pocket in a car, driven by a drunk, into the River Styx.
I predict the former, not the latter.
It is always easier to cheat especially with the Kennedy’s they have lived a big lie.
and we're supposed to be shocked that he's a conniving, spineless bloated toad of a criminal that wants his legacy to be insured by naming his successor and dispensing wisdom like some modern day Polonius.
Go quiet into that cold dark night, Teddy.... rest well knowing that you're known far and wide as , what? How should we put it?
A doddering, old fool that mistakes sycophants as "friends", that is held in high esteem by men with no honor and regarded as a predatory drunkard by women with honor and a target of opportunity for women with none.
go quietly, Ted. You will be remembered by most honorable men and women as a mud splatter on the historical highway of our country. Something dirty, random and directionless that was flung upon us by an accident of birth and the useful idiocy that you provided for haters of America.
I could care less what Assachusettes decides. They've been living with their decision for several decades leaving this fop to represent them in the senate. They should get a fat sow from a farm in Assachusettes put a suit on it and walk him into the senate with a name tag saying, "I'm here to take Ted's place"... and be done with it.
Yeah but, shoot, after you've killed a girl and the whole world knows it, why bother to hide anything else?
He is going to be surprised when finds out God was right and he was wrong....
Amen Brother, well said!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amoral politicians = no morals except their own perception of right and wrong. That explains how Bill Clinton could go on national TV and proclaim “I did not have a sexual relation with that woman.” and walk out of church Sunday with a Bible under his arm. In his own eyes, he probably convinced himself he had done no wrong.
Is an end to the Kennedy blight on this land near?
I dearly hope so.
When I was about 9 years old I shook his hand at a parade in South Boston.
Sometimes I actually look at my hand and wonder how I ever could have been so ignorant.
Nothing but contempt from here.
Come on. He’s a Kennedy. Corruption is all they have.
But sleeze, nastiness, and a tendency to be political since they have not the brains to do anything else? Yup.
Ah, Kennedy. Krook til the very end. Hope you enjoy hell, Teddy baby.
There are rules to live by and he being Catholic ordains his place in the afterlife.
"The Official Fatboy Ted Website!!"
No one has seen Teddy in awhile as far as I know. He may even be unable to think coherent thoughts by now.
There’s always the possibility that others in his family are saying things in his stead.
[Spell check is doing it’s little ‘putting every word in blocks’ thingie again!!]
Not feeling a lot of love on this thread for Teddy this evening.
But this constant changing of the rules to grease the wheels for his political agenda ought to be unacceptable to the citizens of Massachusetts. I know it won't be. Alas, our republic is long gone, and our political class is seen as "royalty" by too many of our people.
Elegantly and accurately said!
Doesn’t look like it, LOL. I wish him well but he brought all of this on himself.
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