Picture; Mary Jo Kopechne.
As I tend to place value on decorum, and respect the right of families of the deceased to grieve their loss without suffering adverse comments, and as I couldn’t think of a single good thing to say about Ted Kennedy, I avoided comment on his death.
The image of the now sanctified corpse of one of the most degenerate men in US politics with the possible exception of Jack Murtha being verbally dragged across the floor of the house by Obama in what the ABC referred to as a poignant moment, as an excuse to prompt Congress to pass obamacare, is just too much hypocrisy to ask us to tolerate.
Kennedy was the regrettable product of a family who always acted as they did because they were able to get away with it and knew it. Lawyers and spin-doctors surrounded them to the point where despite making the Borgias look respectable, they were able defuse most issues that threatened to disgrace them.
Ted was a lecherous old roué who despite being the underachiever of the family still nonetheless inherited the born to rule attitude common to the Kennedy’s. Probably the worst display of his elitist attitude came at Chappaquiddick where he drove a car shitfaced drunk off a bridge into water and drowned his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. It is difficult to imagine a man to be so obsessed with himself, so narcissistic, so up himself, as to balance his reputation with voters against the life of what he saw as his bit on the side and decided to let her drown while he contacted the family PR machine and slept off a skin-full of booze.
If Obama wishes to get his legislation passed he really needs to come up with a better reason than the fact that that some bastard who deserves to be dead would have liked it. Kennedy is referred to as the lion of the senate and the greatest liberal, sadly by todays standards he probably is.
Probably the most tragic aspect of the Kennedy assassinations was that they didn’t go far enough.