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Mark Steyn: Things only a Kennedy could get away with
ocregister ^ | 08/29/2009 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 08/29/2009 5:19:12 PM PDT by Chairman of the Bard

Mark Steyn: Things only a Kennedy could get away with And by not calling his bluff on Chappaquiddick, Americans became complicit in it.

We are enjoined not to speak ill of the dead. But, when an entire nation – or, at any rate, its "mainstream" media culture – declines to speak the truth about the dead, we are certainly entitled to speak ill of such false eulogists. In its coverage of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's passing, America's TV networks are creepily reminiscent of those plays Sam Shepard used to write about some dysfunctional inbred hardscrabble Appalachian household where there's a baby buried in the backyard but everyone agreed years ago never to mention it.

In this case, the unmentionable corpse is Mary Jo Kopechne, 1940-1969. If you have to bring up the, ah, circumstances of that year of decease, keep it general, keep it vague. As Kennedy flack Ted Sorensen put it in Time magazine:

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: altereditle; chappaquiddick; edwardkennedy; kennedy; kennedycurse; kopechne; marksteyn; maryjokopechne; steyn; tedkennedy
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We conservatives are classy and respectful; however, the adulation being heaped upon this man are undeserved. Sorry if you find me overly cynical.
1 posted on 08/29/2009 5:19:13 PM PDT by Chairman of the Bard
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Chappaquiddick itself was not the problem. It’s mostly the stark lack of public remorse by Teddy. And to a lesser extent, the fact that his powerful connections let him skate.


2 posted on 08/29/2009 5:22:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Barack Obama is a political suicide bomber and the Rats are political arsonists.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

None of us have any sentimentality for him either. Even Liberals at my office acknowledged his failings.


3 posted on 08/29/2009 5:24:18 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE AIR CONDITIONING!)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

I never was “into” royalty. I can’t believe all the flatulation going on over this guy.


4 posted on 08/29/2009 5:24:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my country?)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Anyone here notice how much fresher the air tastes now the we do not have to share it w/ Teddy.


5 posted on 08/29/2009 5:25:29 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Chairman of the Bard
I agree. Plus the non-stop coverage has grown old.
6 posted on 08/29/2009 5:26:28 PM PDT by DHSMostWanted (Has anyone seen Ben Nelson?)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

You are not cynical. This love fest is disgusting! This senator is getting more coverage from the lame stream media than President Ford got when he died.
The media in this country is going to be the primary cause of the downfall of the USA. They refuse to tell the truth about what this facist administration is doing to the country.


7 posted on 08/29/2009 5:26:57 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard
Its no fault to be realistic.

Such overt sentimentality heaped upon a man born into such wealth who indulged his every whim regardless of the impact it had on others is what is perverted.

8 posted on 08/29/2009 5:27:36 PM PDT by skeeter (Pterocarya fraxinifolia)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I can’t believe all the flatulation going on over this guy.

A new word for all the liberal accolades for this scurvy scum: Inflatulation.
9 posted on 08/29/2009 5:28:30 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Welcome to the Revolution.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

bttt


10 posted on 08/29/2009 5:33:28 PM PDT by NonLinear (If your outgo exceeds your income, then your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Just wait for KKK Byrd to die. I’d like to hear Obama’s eulogy for him.


11 posted on 08/29/2009 5:35:38 PM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: Chairman of the Bard
LIBERAL
12 posted on 08/29/2009 5:35:38 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin is our Iron Lady of the North)
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To: Chairman of the Bard
It is now 5:40 PM Saturday, and I have not watched one second of the TV coverage. Knowing how they are covering it, I only have to stay away from TV for 96 more hours.

Not a problem. Sirius Radio tuned into the Sinatra stations with an occasional trip over to the old time radio channel is all I need to keep me entertained.

13 posted on 08/29/2009 5:37:09 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Ted Kennedy was remorseless because he knew he could invoke family prestige and power to skate by the consequences... Ted Kennedy spent years lying by omission ... disguising the truth with that fiasco in Florida in later years... Ted Kennedy had a pattern of disguising the truth aided by the liberal media ... this is not to mention his destructive liberal/leftist political agenda which has been very hurtful to America..

In a similar manner - Barrack Hussein ‘The Kenyan’ Obama was a consummate narcissistic pathological liar in all the years before his election - yet somehow the media avoided the truth and magically Obama was not a consummate narcissistic pathological liar AFTER the election too — totally amazing


14 posted on 08/29/2009 5:37:22 PM PDT by ICCtheWay
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To: reagan_fanatic

I’m sure ole Ted inflatuated a whole lot. His speeches were inflatuations at his less intelligent end.


15 posted on 08/29/2009 5:37:37 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (Obama is the anti-Reagan, he believes government is the solution, rather than the problem)
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To: BunnySlippers

BTTT


16 posted on 08/29/2009 5:39:06 PM PDT by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: Chairman of the Bard
Edward Kennedy lived and died for hunanity! That's all you need to know!

That and that he lived seventy-seven years too long and died seventy-seven years too late.

Who knows what my trial will be when I approach the Pearly Gate. I surely hope my inquisitor is infinitly merciful. Knowing that I can still say the world would be a much better place if Edward Kennedy had been aborted as he wanted so many other babies to be aborted!

He was never, ever a good man!

17 posted on 08/29/2009 5:39:19 PM PDT by stevem
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To: reagan_fanatic

LOL! You nailed it! That’s was this farce really reminds me of.


18 posted on 08/29/2009 5:40:28 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my country?)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Steyn writes without his usual chuckling style. I suspect, living in New Hampshire, he’s had to endure an extra heaping helping of TeddyWorship this week. This column was particularly biting.


19 posted on 08/29/2009 5:43:07 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard
"As Teddy's biographer Adam Clymer wrote....."

Clymer? THE Clymer? Teddy was apparently a Clymer, big time.

20 posted on 08/29/2009 5:43:43 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Outside of Massachusetts, DC and a few neighborhoods in Manhattan, the name “Ted Kennedy” will always be a punchline.


21 posted on 08/29/2009 5:44:57 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Buck Ofama!!)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

“We conservatives are classy and respectful; however, the adulation being heaped upon this man are undeserved. Sorry if you find me overly cynical.”

The point is well taken. The man is dead, I feel no need to be overly critical of him. I really try to avoid speaking ill of the dead. But, I can’t stand to see the hero worship of a man who led a less than exemplary life and in all probability was a murderer.


22 posted on 08/29/2009 5:50:10 PM PDT by brownsfan (The public schools and the SRM, they are killing us.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Brilliant article. There are few people in public life for whom I had, and retain, less respect than for Teddy Kennedy. I do note, however, that by declining to resign he has placed the Democrats quite unnecessarily in the uncomfortable position of having lost their supermajority in the Senate for the time it will take to elect a successor, right before a critical vote on health care “reform”. It isn’t quite up to abandoning a young woman drowning but it’s perfectly in character.


23 posted on 08/29/2009 5:52:55 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Chairman of the Bard
The fawning "respect" is truly disguising.

But...

You have to admire the old turd's passion and perseverance in pushing his destructive agenda.

If we, in the right, would have had an old "conservative lion" all those years who would have counteracted the old "liberal lion", we would not find ourselves in the fix that we are today.

24 posted on 08/29/2009 5:54:30 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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To: taillightchaser

I ignore it. All I think about in all of this is the moment “The Senator” died and came face to face with Mary Jo again.


25 posted on 08/29/2009 5:56:47 PM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

I hope it was painful for Teddy, but probably not. He was a murderer, a liar, and an evil man. Glad he is gone and burning in Hell!


26 posted on 08/29/2009 5:58:53 PM PDT by bfree (x)
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To: Shady

I’m sorry but I think “The Senator” went south and Mary Jo went north. I don’t think they will ever meet.


27 posted on 08/29/2009 6:01:36 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

I too have been saying for years (and heard Larry Kudlow say it this AM on the radio) that Kennedy was the true pioneer of the demagogic rhetoric that has come to define
the public face of the Far Left, ever since the extreme verbiage he used at the Bork hearings over twenty years ago. I guess his fellow Lefties heard it, saw how it went over, and built on it, OTSOG, as it were. It became the signature style for Clintonistas starting from the very beginning, as practiced and perfected by such luminaries as Paul Begala, James Carville, and countless “strategists” who’ve been fouling our airwaves for over two decades now.
They’ve become very adept as putting forth a certain
Master Thespian acting style in which (MOCK) moral outrage and gross overstatement go hand in hand, the search for truth and illumination gets thrown out the window, and Memorable Snarkiness is the high point of every appearance. Ultimately they are all ACTORS, and they’ve been building their audience very patiently. That audience is still there, but its ranks are already thinning. All that remains very soon will be the truly hard-core. Nobody has EVER called them on this entirely hollow “presentation of self”, so they’ve been enabled by their “enemies” every bit as much as their “friends”.


28 posted on 08/29/2009 6:08:02 PM PDT by supremedoctrine (Time is the school in which we learn that time is the fire in which we burn.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard
What do you call 200 Kennedy sycophants at the bottom of a Chappaquiddick pond? A great start, but bad news for NPR guest-bookers!

Steyn, you magnificent bastard! But sadly, I doubt the loss of 200 Kennedy sycophants would make much of a dent...

29 posted on 08/29/2009 6:09:11 PM PDT by FredZarguna (It looks just like a Telefunken U-47. In leather.)
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To: bfree

In Myron Magnet’s “The Dream and the Nightmare,” the classic
work on the 60s and the resulting poverty in America, he
notes that regarding, “The career of Senator Edward Kennedy,
..., Joe Kline has observed the no-fault way in which he has
conducted his personal life is mirrored by his no-fault
social policy, all rights and entitlements without
responsibilities.” That about says it all.


30 posted on 08/29/2009 6:12:00 PM PDT by Melchior
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Fox news Cris Wallace and others kept wondering what the great ‘iconic moment’ of the ceromony would be, and I kept thinking “When it’s all over, and America wakes up fro mtheir comma, and realizes what a traitorous creep Teddy was- but alas, that moment may nev3r come


31 posted on 08/29/2009 6:17:18 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Billthedrill

[[that by declining to resign he has placed the Democrats quite unnecessarily in the uncomfortable position of having lost their supermajority in the Senate for the time it will take to elect a successor,]]

The successor won’t be elected, but rather appointed- somethign keneddy opposed when Mitt was around


32 posted on 08/29/2009 6:18:42 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: FredZarguna

It bothered me to see Orin Hatch so in the tank for this low-life. I could not have a friend like that.


33 posted on 08/29/2009 6:25:01 PM PDT by Brimack34 (I hate people that hate Palin and call me a birther.)
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To: B.O. Plenty

Excellent points, B.O. Plenty.

What the republicans have, by and large, is “MILQUETOAST”.
While intellectual giants like Mark Levin and Rush do not hesitate for a minute to voice their views, most elected Republicans remain tepid and pensive.


34 posted on 08/29/2009 6:25:44 PM PDT by Chairman of the Bard
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To: CottShop

FOX has been purely reverent and respectful.


35 posted on 08/29/2009 6:28:03 PM PDT by Chairman of the Bard
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Chappaquiddick itself was not the problem. It’s mostly the stark lack of public remorse by Teddy.

Chappaquiddick was the problem. He went nine hours putting together a coverup plan before going to the police and then was given only a 2 month suspended sentence.

36 posted on 08/29/2009 6:30:28 PM PDT by ColdWater
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To: bfree

You left out adulter.


37 posted on 08/29/2009 6:31:06 PM PDT by ColdWater
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To: Chairman of the Bard

[[The senator’s actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life.]]

Precisely!


38 posted on 08/29/2009 6:31:26 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

no it goes further than respect- Cris Wallace and company were almost pining for a successor to Ted- hoping that Camelot would not end- it was sickning quite frankly


39 posted on 08/29/2009 6:33:05 PM PDT by CottShop (Scientific belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Watched a lot of the coverage waiting to see the part where the bury him in dirt...

...but they never show the good stuff at funerals.


40 posted on 08/29/2009 6:34:02 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

Classic Mark Steyn!


41 posted on 08/29/2009 6:34:26 PM PDT by Sergeant Tim (In the War on Terror, there is no place to run from here.)
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To: ColdWater

8 hours of the plan was to snooze in bed


42 posted on 08/29/2009 6:38:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Barack Obama is a political suicide bomber and the Rats are political arsonists.)
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To: quantim

Well, they often bury heroes “at sea”.

I’d like to see this coward burried “at lake”.


43 posted on 08/29/2009 6:40:11 PM PDT by Chairman of the Bard
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To: Chairman of the Bard; B.O. Plenty
I say watch for the lioness.
44 posted on 08/29/2009 6:40:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Barack Obama is a political suicide bomber and the Rats are political arsonists.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard
The senator's actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life.

That hurts because it's true.

45 posted on 08/29/2009 6:41:29 PM PDT by rvoitier ("The law allows what honor forbids." -- C. C. Colton)
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To: DHSMostWanted

Teddy even knocked Jacko’s homocide to the bottom for awhile!


46 posted on 08/29/2009 6:43:11 PM PDT by GWMcClintock ("When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps. 11:3)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Chappaquiddick itself was not the problem. It’s mostly the stark lack of public remorse by Teddy.

I disagree. Chappaquiddick was the problem. Kennedy's behavior that day showed him to be either guilty of murder or, at the very least, negligent homicide. He never was brought to the bar in a human tribunal to answer for that event.

May God have mercy on his soul.

47 posted on 08/29/2009 6:48:02 PM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ You can not fix STUPID, but you can VOTE it out of office.)
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To: Chairman of the Bard

“In this case, the unmentionable corpse is Mary Jo Kopechne, 1940-1969”

More unmentionable to me is his father kissing @ss to Hitler and giving his own daughter a lobotomy. Oh yeah, and getting rich from being a bootlegger during prohibition. The Kennedy fame and fortune made off of us ‘small souls’.


48 posted on 08/29/2009 6:53:33 PM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: HiTech RedNeck
The most unabashed, gloves-off torch carriers for conservatism are Sarah and Michelle Bachman.
49 posted on 08/29/2009 6:54:56 PM PDT by Chairman of the Bard
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