ABC News reports: “Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77. The man known as the ‘liberal lion of the Senate’ had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer, and according to his son had lived longer with the disease than his doctors expected him to..A hardworking, well-liked politician who became the standard-bearer of his brothers’ liberal causes, his career was clouded by allegations of personal immorality and accusations that his family’s clout helped him avoid the consequences of an accident that left a young woman dead.”
It is only eight o’clock in the morning and the wall to wall coverage is already making me sick. Now we will have to endure the excruciating pain of a week of Teddy Kennedy on the pedestal. We will hear all about his wonderful accomplishments in the Senate. We will hear nothing of the truth, which is that Teddy Kennedy was nothing more than another elitist progressive politician who clung to the legacies of his two dead brothers, John and Bobby, for legitimacy. He rallied behind government intrusion in our lives and embraced socialism. He clamored about climate change, even as his family would not allow a wind farm to block their view. He spoke with moral authority even as he lived like a drunkard, embarrassing himself in public and in the Senate chamber. He was a cheater. And despite the efforts by the media to bury one awful truth in Teddy’s past, everyone has heard of Chappaquiddick.
Time Magazine reportedin 1970, “Later in the inquest, Kennedy tried to explain one of the most incomprehensible aspects of the Kopechne case —why he failed to summon help immediately after he, his cousin Joseph Gargan and friend Paul Markham had failed to rescue Mary Jo. Said the Senator: ‘I was completely convinced . . . that no further help and assistance would do Mary Jo any more good. I realized that she must be drowned and still in the car at this time, and it appeared the question in my mind was what should be done about the accident.'” Questions abound about the case. Was Kennedy drunk when he drove off the bridge? Did he intentionally let Mary Jo Kopechne die or did he kill her? He spent a considerable amount of time mulling over how he would report the incident to police rather than alerting them immediately – something I would assume anyone would do after a terrible accident. So let’s not forget Mary Jo as we eulogize Kennedy.
Pundits on both sides of the aisle are calling on everyone to put ideology aside for now as we remember Kennedy. Well, other conservatives can take that route, but I’m not one to glorify someone in death who does not deserve it. Michael Jackson was a child molestor, Marilyn Monroe was a drug addict and Teddy Kennedy did more damage to this nation than good. Legislation he pushed through helped to set-up broken programs we cannot shake like “No Child Left Behind”. President Barack Obama called Kennedy the greatest Senator of our time, but nothing could be further from the truth.