Ted Kennedy, in the end the biggest Kennedy of them all

Ted Kennedy was a spoiled rich kid whose mischief ended up killing a girl one night, and only his family’s wealth and connections saved him from prison.

That’s one way to tell the story, and as far as it goes, it’s tragically accurate. That’s also the one-sentence version of a complex life that many of his bitter enemies preferred to tell and would still prefer today, at Kennedy’s passing at the age of 77.

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But Kennedy, to his credit, refused to let that sentence or that night confine him, and the country is a better place as a result.

In a strange way, the accident on Chappaquiddick may even have magnified Kennedy’s place in the history books. If it prevented him from becoming president, the supposed pinnacle of political achievement, well, presidents come and go. Even while in office, their impact on the country’s course is often exaggerated, and once their term ends, their power ends and they wander off into a long anti-climax.

Chappaquiddick helped ensure that Kennedy’s life played out in the Senate instead, where over the decades he would accumulate power, build relationships and craft legislation that affected millions of his fellow Americans. Today, Barack Obama is vacationing as president on Martha’s Vineyard — the site of Chappaquiddick — in part because at a critical point in the ‘08 campaign, the Kennedy stamp of approval was placed upon him. Just a few days ago, John McCain mused publicly that the current health-care debate would be playing out very differently had Kennedy been around to guide the behind-the-scenes politics.

Kennedy did make one major grab for the presidency, and it was not his finest moment. His behavior in the 1980 presidential primaries, when he tried and failed to unseat Jimmy Carter as the Democratic nominee, was petty and vindictive. But it also reflected who he was: Beneath the glamor and the glitz, the Kennedys played to win, and politics ain’t for the faint-hearted. They may have played games of touch football on the lawn at Hyannisport, but when it came time for politics, they strapped on the helmets and pads and they would hit you hard. The aristocratic, New England veneer could not always disguise the striving of a hard-nosed immigrant clan.

My grandmother, an Irish Catholic herself, for years kept a shrine of sorts on the fireplace mantle for the sainted John Kennedy. And when I was a kid, my dad was stationed for several years at an Air Force base on Cape Cod, not far from the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. Whenever a dark-windowed limousine was spotted traveling on Route 3, the only highway from Boston onto the Cape, someone would inevitably nod and say, “Must be a Kennedy.” Limousines were much more rare back then, and the only people anyone could conceive of traveling that way were the local aristocracy, the Kennedys.

Years later, early in my journalism travels when I was working at a small newspaper in western Massachusetts, I ended up meeting Kennedy. What I remember most was not the man but the impact he had on other people. It was my first up-close look at the power of charisma. People came from all over the plant and all over town — secretaries, drivers, ad salesmen, even the gruff, cynical printers — they lined the walls of the newsroom in hopes of seeing a Kennedy, and they became giddy in his presence. That taught me something you can’t find in a poli sci textbook.

The most convincing testament to Kennedy’s aura, however, comes from his fellow senators. They’re an egotistical bunch, 100 would-be presidents in waiting, and they’re not easily impressed with each other. But over the past couple of decades, even Kennedy’s most conservative colleagues would speak of him with respect, even reverence. Given enough time, he had grown into himself, and he left a legacy that far outweighs those of the brothers in whose shadow he struggled.

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jt

August 26th, 2009
8:27 am

Who does Senator Isackson and Senator Chambliss grovel to now?

I Report/ Vast White Wing Conspirator (-: You Whine )-:

August 26th, 2009
8:28 am

Ted Kennedy, in the end the biggest Kennedy of them all

Yeah, what did he weigh, about 400lbs?

I Report/ Vast White Wing Conspirator (-: You Whine )-:

August 26th, 2009
8:30 am

But Kennedy, to his credit, refused to let that sentence or that night confine him

Unlike Ms. Kopechne, “confined” to her little air pocket for the last angonizing moments of her life.

Nice choice of words, bookman.

ew

George American

August 26th, 2009
8:32 am

RIP TAX AND SPEND LIBERAL.

WHY DID THIS HYPOCRITE DO TIME FOR KILLING THAT BROAD AT CHAPOKIDIK?

Mrs. Godzilla

August 26th, 2009
8:32 am

Well said Jay.

Teddy was like us all, imperfect.

I Report/ Vast White Wing Conspirator (-: You Whine )-:

August 26th, 2009
8:32 am

And when I was a kid, my dad was stationed for several years at an Air Force base on Cape Cod, not far from the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport. Whenever a dark-windowed limousine was spotted traveling on Route 3, the only highway from Boston onto the Cape, someone would inevitably nod and say, “Must be a Kennedy.”

Aahhh, yes, a limousine liberal, a fitting remembrance indeed.

Bosch

August 26th, 2009
8:33 am

RIP Uncle Ted. The last of his kind, and the Senate will suffer in his passing.

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
8:34 am

RIP Ted Kennedy – you served your state and your country well.

Jay "Numbnuts" Bookwoman

August 26th, 2009
8:34 am

I wonder why Jay didn’t stay up there in Massachusetts with his “kind”?

Taxpayer

August 26th, 2009
8:35 am

Normal

August 26th, 2009
8:38 am

Whiner, bless your little heart, one size too small…

Peadawg

August 26th, 2009
8:39 am

“and only his family’s wealth and connections saved him from prison.”

Which is absolutely pathetic.

“you served your state and your country well.”

And was a murderer who should have done life.

Real

August 26th, 2009
8:39 am

An extreme liberal legacy including refusal to acknowledge the one key descriptive point about the illegal immigrants — they are here illegally, i.e., they are criminals!!!

On the postive (or negative) side — one can see PresBO, Pelosi and company will now push for Obamacare under the guise of “let’s do it for Ted” (shoot – let’s even now name it “TedCare”)!!

Joey

August 26th, 2009
8:41 am

Nothing is gained by criticizing someone who is dead.
Likewise the tendency to make the dead heroic gains nothing.
I have had my moment of silence for the Senator and moved on.

Doggone/GA

August 26th, 2009
8:42 am

“WHY DID THIS HYPOCRITE DO TIME FOR KILLING THAT BROAD AT CHAPOKIDIK?”

Your Engrish is slipping again.

FrankLeeDarling

August 26th, 2009
8:42 am

we will miss your leadership Ted

Night Train

August 26th, 2009
8:43 am

No Mrs G, he was not “like us all”! I’ve never murdered anyone, have you?

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

August 26th, 2009
8:43 am

Well, by this time I reckon this Ted Kennedy is walking around in the Next Life blind as a bat after this Mary Jo person met him and clawed out his eyeballs for leaving her in that car to drown while he swum off. Then Satan will show up to get him on account of all the librul things he done and trying to kill off thousands of Grandmas with his health care bill.

Anyhow, when I was young I use to like the Kennedys. That was before I found out they were a bunch of Integrationists that wanted to ruin our good Southren way of life. Most of us turned Republican after the Kennedys and this Lyndon Johnson sent troops down here and made our kids go to school with Those People and made us eat in the same places as them. So because of that most good Southreners are Republican and we’ll be Republican till somebody like old Zell takes over the Democrat party and makes it act like it’s got some sense.

Anyhow, I don’t wish no harm on nobody but I sure hope it’s toasty where Ted Kennedy is right now. And that probly goes for my Conservative friends like the Whiner and George American and others.

Have a good day everybody.

jake's mom

August 26th, 2009
8:43 am

God has a plan, and a hand, in all that happens. We all benefited from Teddy, and while all you haters will never have the character to admit it, we will all suffer from his passing. RIP my good and faithful friend. Your job was well done, and we all owe you a BIG thanks

Eric

August 26th, 2009
8:43 am

I loved Ted Kennedy. Was he perfect? No. Who is? Was he an excellent senator and a great American? Damn straight he was! Ted Kennedy will be greatly missed. The country is a better place because of him. To all you “compassionate conservatives”, thank you for your “kind” words….they’re a badge of honor.

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
8:43 am

“An extreme liberal legacy ”

sorry, but I gotta call BS on that … NO ONE worked across the aisle more than TK.

Peadawg

August 26th, 2009
8:45 am

“The country is a better place because of him”

I doubt the relatives of the girl he killed thinks that!

The Ghost of Mary Jo

August 26th, 2009
8:45 am

Teddy was a true gentleman.

Mrs. Godzilla

August 26th, 2009
8:46 am

Night Train

Are you perfct?

RW-(the original)

August 26th, 2009
8:46 am

Years later, early in my journalism travels when I was working at a small newspaper in western Massachusetts

And these days the North Adams Transcript probably puts out a superior product to the AJC.

Turd Ferguson

August 26th, 2009
8:47 am

Not necessarily glad he is dead but glad he is gone.

I salute you Teddy…may the fountain of eternal firewater wash clean the bloodstained hands that killed Mary Jo.

The Ghost of Mary Jo

August 26th, 2009
8:48 am

Teddy got out of the car to see if the engine was flooded.

mugglemikki

August 26th, 2009
8:48 am

I swear I live among some of the most ignorant and hateful people I have ever seen.
How low class can you get than to talk trash about a man that just died. Shame on you.

Peadawg

August 26th, 2009
8:48 am

“Are you perfct?”
Nobody is. But If someone committed murder, they should rot in prison. I can’t believe people are talking about him like he was a great guy. You liberals really scare me now.

Paul

August 26th, 2009
8:49 am

Nicely written, Jay.

George American

August 26th, 2009
8:49 am

IT’S EASY TO BE A SOCIALIST LIKE KENNEDY WHEN YOU ARE RICH.

THE KENNEDY’S FAR-LEFT LIBERAL NORTHEASTERN BENT IS JIST LIKE OBARMAS. THEY ARE BOTH MASSACHESITS-HARVARD FAR-LEFT LIBERAL ELITISTS.

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
8:51 am

Peadawg –

“But If someone committed murder, they should rot in prison. I can’t believe people are talking about him like he was a great guy”

the fact is, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him. period.

after that, he dedicated his life to public service when he could have lived a frivolous life. THAT is what we are recognizing.

Night Train

August 26th, 2009
8:51 am

Mrs G, I never said I was.

The son of a drug runner murders a young woman and uses his daddy’s money and power to walk away from the murder charge. That is the man you are praising. Sorry, I’ve set my moral sights just a little bit higher than that. The man should have been in jail, not the senate.

N-GA

August 26th, 2009
8:51 am

Jay,

My grandmother was born Catholic in Kilkenny. Went thru Ellis Island at age 19, and lived her entire life in Boston. My father grew up in Boston and always criticized the Kennedy’s, primarily the patriarch who made lots of money on illegal booze.

That said, it would seem that Ted Kennedy worked hard to atone for his mistakes as well as those of his family. We can only wonder what could have happened if only Robert had lived!

Turd Ferguson

August 26th, 2009
8:52 am

Teddy never worked a day in his life. Papa Joe saw to it he graduated from law school but couldnt help him with MaryJo. If Papa Joe hadnt be confined to a wheelchair he wouldve swooped in with a briefcase full of money, men in sunglasses/trenchcoats and Mary Jo would never have been an issue. “She just disappeared from the face of the earth”.

Teddy is now having a drink with JFK, Stalin, Mousilinni, Hitler RFK, Satan and all of historys villians. DRINK UP TEDDY!!

Jay "Numbnuts" Bookwoman

August 26th, 2009
8:53 am

mugglemikki – we call it like we see it. It’s a fact that he murdered Mary Jo. His name is what saved him. Same thing at Harvard, when he was caught CHEATING. The only reason he got back in was because of his name. He was a lying, cheating, alcholic, obese, slob.

Curtis Mayfield

August 26th, 2009
8:54 am

“Teddys dead, thats what I said”…

Bo Chambliss LOBBYIST

August 26th, 2009
8:55 am

As all you know Saxby and Teddy were VERY close. Saxby worked with Teddy on immigration, TARP, the F22, and the over ride of Bush’s veto of the Farm Bill. Saxby is so upset that he will only play 18 holes of golf today. Here is Saxby & Teddy announcing the immigration bill.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK5TprmkgRw&feature=related

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
8:55 am

“IT’S EASY TO BE A SOCIALIST LIKE KENNEDY WHEN YOU ARE RICH”

um. that doesn’t even make any sense. (not that that’s something new for you)

if anything, socialism would be harder for the rich – they would have more to lose.

but thanks for the mindless drivel … it’s always a treat

Paul

August 26th, 2009
8:56 am

G’morning, N-GA

I was hoping someone would bring up the atonement/redemption angle. I was interested to see how those on the religious right who revile him would consider the concept.

If Robert had lived? More momentous and far-reaching impact than if John had lived. Amazing how one evil sicko with a gun can affect history, isn’t it?

Night Train: “The son of a drug runner” Scotch. They ran scotch. I know, alcohol’s a drug, but if you use ‘drug’ most people are going to think of heroin and crack and such.

Normal

August 26th, 2009
8:56 am

Unlike most of the rich, Teddy did want to back some of what he had and that is what labeled him a “Liberal”. So be it. I do wonder though that if it was Sarah instead of Ted, what the Right’s comments. Atferall Sarah’s legacy and the great works she has done for this country is there for all to see.
A reformed, good man in the end, has died. Respect that. Celebrate that.

Doggone/GA

August 26th, 2009
8:56 am

“How low class can you get than to talk trash about a man that just died.”

Can’t expect trash to behave any other way, trash is as trash does (or says)

Kayaker 71

August 26th, 2009
8:56 am

Must be in the Kennedy DNA, this fooling around with younger women. He and others like him have found it difficult to keep it in their pants, the old man, Teddy and JFK. Ms G calls him flawed and “imprefect”, probably the understatement of the day.
I don’t care how many women he buffed while in office, and the estimate is pretty high…. I will not miss his liberal policies, his outspoken political rhetoric and his one sided view of how liberal America should be. He and others like him, ie, Robert Byrd, Daniel Inouye, Ted Stevens, Strom Thurmond, Arlen Spector, Daniel Akaka, Frank Lautenberg and John Warner… all should have been gone years ago. If only we had term limits, we could get some new blood into this august organization and perhaps some new ideas on how they could best serve us. When it comes to re-election of sitting senators, we are our worst enemy.

cajdawg

August 26th, 2009
8:56 am

So he walks up to St. Peter…

“I am the liberal Lion of the Senate, you must let me in.”

“Let my review your words and deeds.” replies St. Peter. “Murderer, serial adulterer, drunkard, militant pro-abortion advocate, slanderer of men Robert Bork in particular, pumpous ass. Hmmm. Why don’t I just stop right there. See that elevator over there, it will take you to where you are going.”

Peadawg

August 26th, 2009
8:57 am

“after that, he dedicated his life to public service when he could have lived a frivolous life. THAT is what we are recognizing.”

Sugarcoat it all you want. It scares me that y’all are praising a man that committed murder. Why don’t y’all just go praise Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer.

joe matarotz

August 26th, 2009
8:58 am

As a leader, Ted Kennedy could be regarded as the Michael Vick of the Senate. The Chappaquiddick incident will always stain his legacy. Because of that, I have always regarded him as a bum. I wonder what he’s saying to Mary Jo Kopeckne right now.

Jay "Numbnuts" Bookwoman

August 26th, 2009
8:58 am

StayintheUK – The powerful rich socialists don’t lose anything.

Isn’t your shift almost up so you can announce to all that you are leaving for the day?

Cutty

August 26th, 2009
8:59 am

Let he without sin cast the first stone.

All of these repubs who scream God & Country are showing their true colors today. A man has died and you all cannot hold back from your childish comments. Wonder what will be said when your family is on the front row of a church looking at you laid out in a casket. Judging by the comments, none of you can play the family values card any longer. Show a little respect.

Cross That Bridge When You Come To It

August 26th, 2009
9:00 am

Each of his brothers lived a short life of greatness – he lived a long life of OK-ness.

Kim, Nottingham

August 26th, 2009
9:00 am

I’m not rich and I am a confessed leftie.

Paul

August 26th, 2009
9:00 am

USinUK 8:55

I think the idea might have been, we have extremely wealthy families in America. Many send the offspring off to Congress where they write the laws. Such laws allow the families to shield large portions of their wealth from the taxes ‘ordinary folks’ are subject to. While in Congress they become advocates for the ‘little guy’ who, many critics point out, are the same folks the wealthy families used to become wealthy. And many of the programs they advocate will be funded by taking a portion of income from others. Except from their families. It’s the way the laws are written, y’know.

Anyhow, that’s what he could have meant.

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
9:01 am

Peadawg –

“Why don’t y’all just go praise Ted Bundy or Jeffrey Dahmer.”

why, I do believe you just won the tiara for Drama Queen statement du jour …

congratulations …

Paul

August 26th, 2009
9:02 am

Normal 8:56

Did you mean, if Palin had died, what the Left’s comments would have been? And would they have come close to the level described by the poster immediately following you?

Brad Steel

August 26th, 2009
9:03 am

Nice to see one of the Kennedy boys live past middle age and not having a wingnut shoot him.

Amazing that one of the slobbering gun-loving birther types didn’t go after a brilliant progressive icon like Ted.

Beautiful Monte

August 26th, 2009
9:03 am

Mr. Bookman, the “girl” that your drunken hero killed had a name. It was Mary Jo Kopechne.

As for your drunken hero’s record as a “statesman” … why don’t you ask Judge Bork what he thinks about that?

I realize that this blog is a forum for you to state your opinions – as opposed to facts – but the total and complete hypocrisy that you display on an almost daily basis is truly stunning.

Generally speaking, you point out every fault of conservatives as fatal flaws that prove that they are evil, but when libs foul up – or, in the case of your drunken hero, kill somebody – you deal the “everybody makes mistakes card”.

You are a miserable human being.

RW-(the original)

August 26th, 2009
9:03 am

If Robert had lived? More momentous and far-reaching impact than if John had lived. Amazing how one evil sicko with a gun can affect history, isn’t it?

It works both ways. Had the evil sicko (sickos for you conspiracy nuts out there) not killed John then Vietnam could well have been blamed on his incompetence and we may have been done with the Kennedys. So from either perspective the gunman screwed things up.

William

August 26th, 2009
9:03 am

Do you think they will change the law back to what is was so they can keep a liberal democrat in office. You know what I meam I am sure. Yep, Ted Kennedy was a good ole boy progressive liberal. He always put the liberal party ahead of America. America is surely better off. Long Live America.

jt

August 26th, 2009
9:04 am

Kayaker71-

Strom Thurmond is indeed gone.

Carry on.

lovelyliz

August 26th, 2009
9:04 am

You’ve goit o give the limousine liberals this, they aactually try to help those in need and opposed to the wwar mongering neo-cons who never met a war that that they would love to spend taxpayer $$$ to make their rich campaign contributors even richer while our sons and daughters are sent to die becaus they can get the furloughs and cushy appointments.

The Ghost of Mary Jo

August 26th, 2009
9:04 am

I just saw Teddy a few minutes ago. He offered to buy me a drink.

N-GA

August 26th, 2009
9:04 am

G’day, Paul….

Yes, Our generation has seen too many events that have had significant impacts on history. I would find it an interesting exercise to have Jay conduct a blog forum on events since the end of WWII that have likely altered history. Then again, there are some who probably think that the death of Marilyn Monroe would rank up in the top 10.

Personally I think that the creation of Israel by the United Nations has had a huge impact on the world in which we live. The assassination of Robert Kennedy is another event that had significant ramifications.

Rick

August 26th, 2009
9:06 am

thank you God. I only regret he was did not Othuga with him

Turd Ferguson

August 26th, 2009
9:07 am

“Can’t expect trash to behave any other way, trash is as trash does (or says)” <–About Teddy, more true words were never spoken.

He was bum.

Read My Lips, I AM Relevant

August 26th, 2009
9:07 am

While we didn’t see eye-to-eye on many political issues through the years, I always respected his steadfast public service – so much so, in fact, that I invited him to my library in 2003 to receive the Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service.

I’m welcome. Now, thank me very much while I go skydiving while strapped to that strong handsome young buck. I think I’ll adopt him and make him president. Why couldn’t my boys have grown up to be like him.

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

August 26th, 2009
9:08 am

The ultimately beauty (read that as hypocrisy ) is that the liberals (read that as the twin towers of incompetence: Obumbler, and Holder) are eager ready to prosecute brave, selfless Americans who interogated within the stated “safe harbour” of CIA policy, yet on this morning, they stand teary eyed and ripping their clothes over Teddy’s death praising a man responsible for the savage death of a young unwed mother and her child in womb. Perhaps Holder should reopen that investigation.

Teddy from the moment he cheated on the Spanish forward was a man who never exhibited any real character, but he sure was happy to spend other people’s money to assuage his well-deserved guilt complex.

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
9:08 am

“why don’t you ask Judge Bork what he thinks about that?”

you mean the Judge Bork that went on to write books advocating government censorship??? that Judge Bork???

talk about a career that ended just in time.

Paul –

“Such laws allow the families to shield large portions of their wealth from the taxes ‘ordinary folks’ are subject to”

yep. you’re right. and what party would those people belong to, again???

Numbnuts –

“Isn’t your shift almost up so you can announce to all that you are leaving for the day?”

while this may come as some surprise to you, not everyone works shifts. nice try at snark, though. too bad about the fail.

Mrs. Godzilla

August 26th, 2009
9:09 am

Night Train

So if you are not perfect, my statement stands as accurate.

Your personal issues regarding how the Chappaquidick incident was handled is another matter.

I’ll leave you with this:

“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”

Paul

August 26th, 2009
9:09 am

RW-(the original)

I’m dredging this up from the far recesses of my mind, way back before the Internet attempted to index everything ever written. I was doing some research on America’s slide into the Vietnam morass. I do remember reading from one of his advisors, could have been Bundy, that Kennedy had just begun questioning whether to continue the escalation of advisors (he’d just signed off on sending in a few more) and if it wouldn’t be better to just drop the whole thing. Caused quite a brouhaha amongst the military advisors and a few of the more hawkish elements. Dallas happened shortly thereafter, so it’s another case in which we’ll never know.

Rose Kennedy

August 26th, 2009
9:12 am

Can someone please explain to me why Teddy was so morally bankrupt?

TnGelding

August 26th, 2009
9:12 am

“Durable goods orders increase by most in 2 year”

WASHINGTON (AP) – Orders for durable goods rose last month by the largest amount in two years, fresh evidence that manufacturing is rebounding from the recession. The Commerce Department says orders for goods expected to last at least three years increased 4.9 percent in July, the third rise in the past four months. Analysts expected a 3 percent increase. Orders for June were revised up to a 1.3 percent drop, from a 2.2 percent decline.

Swami Dave

August 26th, 2009
9:12 am

Here’s a memorial to the Senator as just another politican who did with legislation what muggers do with guns. Namely, take property and earnings from those to whom they belong against their will with no exchange of value; otherwise known as theft.

-SD

Biff Pocoroba

August 26th, 2009
9:13 am

buzzard, you’ve done your town of buford proud. may your meth habit continue and hope your insurance doesn’t run out so your wife (i mean sister) can keep churning out all dem babies for cheap……dawg. i’m out…PEACE!

Mr. Snarky

August 26th, 2009
9:13 am

RIP Senator.
The fact that the wingnuts hate you so much reflects well on you.

The Truth Hurts

August 26th, 2009
9:14 am

Lovely Liz…..true libs want to help the downtrodden and those in need. However they always want to do it with someone else’s money instead of their own.

Jay "Numbnuts" Bookwoman

August 26th, 2009
9:14 am

StayintheUK – Obviously, it wasn’t a fail. If it had been, you would have never responded. It’s only a “fail” in your mind to make you feel better about your shift work.

getalife

August 26th, 2009
9:15 am

Did Andy write this piece?

Geez Jay.

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
9:15 am

Numbnuts – good luck on that GED …

N-GA

August 26th, 2009
9:15 am

Paul,

Your 9:09 is timely. It also reminds me that the first “advisors” sent to South Viet Nam arrived during the Eisenhower administration. The first American casualty is officially recorded as Air Force T-Sgt. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr. He is listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having a casualty date of June 8, 1956.

Urikebe Ogafee

August 26th, 2009
9:15 am

Gunnie, I see that you have been busy this morning. Let the man die in peace. Why be so cruel to a dead man, even if you disagree with his policies?

Kayaker 71

August 26th, 2009
9:15 am

Truth Hurts,

Well said.

Rose Kennedy

August 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Teddy didnt want to be President, he just didnt want anyone else being President.

Get Real

August 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Seems like you people only adhere to your Christian values on Sundays. What happened to someone repenting for their sins. You all think he hasn’t lived with that for his entire life? Attempted to do what he could to make amends for it. Who are any of you to judge a man. You all were probably weeping for and praising Strom Thurmond when he died. What goes around, comes around. Each of you will have to meet your maker and explain your actions.

R.I.P Ted Kennedy

Paul

August 26th, 2009
9:16 am

USinUK 9:08

[[and what party would those people belong to, again???}} (who shield large portions of wealth from taxation)

I believe the party is called the Democratic Party. And the Republican Party. Or, not to put too fine a point on it, ‘The Whichever Party the Really Wealthy Person Belongs To’ party.

N-GA

I’ve always enjoyed the sci-fi genre in which horrible events are stopped – only to have even more horrible events take their place. Or the seeming possibility of such. I’ve mentioned before a good exploration of this – Orson Scott Card’s “Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus.”\

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

August 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Yes his cowardice was responsible for a death. And it took him too long to grow up and accept responsibility for his actions. But he ultimately did and we are all better for his contributions. He didn’t have to work a day in his life but he spent 50 years trying to help less privileged and less fortunate. He was a loving surrogate parent and grandparent to a multitude of children, with one glaring mistake. He did penance on earth in front of the entire world and faced the criticism and loss of things he wanted to be. Not a mention of him ever excluded his misdeeds and sins. It’s okay to forgive other politicians, athletes, and actors, even when they lie, don’t confess or do anything to atone or contribute. But this man can’t be forgiven even in death. I have never been a Kennedy fanatic but respected and appreciated this man who kept going and kept contributing. With him truly gone from the senate we little people have lost our champion. Go read his senatorial record, the big and small items, and then see if he deserves forgiveness and appreciation in death.

Normal

August 26th, 2009
9:18 am

USinUK, With a name like “Numbnuts” at least he isn’t in the gene pool, just sayin’

Peadawg

August 26th, 2009
9:18 am

“RIP Senator.
The fact that the wingnuts hate you so much reflects well on you.”

The fact that liberals love him like he was some great guy says a lot about y’all too.

Bud Wiser

August 26th, 2009
9:19 am

This is a little more on topic here: Well, well, well. Teddie died, and most of the world is rejoicing, er, I mean, in mourning. A fruit basket arrived early this morning from Mary Jo Kopeckne’s family, welcoming Teddy to join their daughter in The Great Dirt Nap.

Liquor futures are sinking rapidly on the NYSE this morning.

And poor old Massachusetts, what to do, what to do. In 2004, Teddy helped craft a change to the law that allowed the Governor of the state to appoint a replacement for vacated seats, because the fear (fear indeed, hahahahaha) was that John Kerry was going to the White House, and then-guv Mitt Romney, a Republican, would appoint a Republican replacement.

So now there is a libtard Demwittocrat as guv, but he cannot appoint a lapdog replacement, thanks in part to the dearly departed.

That’s what they say…..isn’t irony ironic.

So, let us sit back and hoist a Guinness to Teddy, and watch the Dems fall all over themselves to praise and worship at the altar of dead Kennedys, then see how the Democrats try to regain their bulletproof majority of 60 in the Senate by cheating, distorting, or outright subverting the law.

My guess is that they’ll fail, and just have to wait for the election to be held.

And, Obowo’s health care vote count just took a MAJOR hit.

bob

August 26th, 2009
9:20 am

Instead of the back and forth, why not take time to reflect on what good he did for the country. ????Well, I guess we can start the back & forth unless you defenders can tell us what he did. The immigration reform bills did not do much good. He was a defender of bussing but I cannot see how anyone could defend that waste of an idea. He voted just about every year for a budget that was not balanced.

Bud Wiser

August 26th, 2009
9:20 am

B. I. H., murderer.

N-GA

August 26th, 2009
9:21 am

Paul,

When Obama first articulated that he wanted a Heath Bill passed by August, I remarked to my wife that he was setting that deadline because of Ted Kennedy.

Ticketmaster

August 26th, 2009
9:22 am

Are the “Dead Kennedys” playing anywhere this weekend?

RH

August 26th, 2009
9:22 am

Oh the irony that President ObamaGod and his family are “vacationing” on the tax payer’s dime in Martha’s Vineyard.

And you Liberals that are crying that Republican’s are not showing “respect” to the dead are hillarious! I distinctly recall you trashing Ronald Reagan on the AJC blogs when he died.

The Kennedy family, like many other rich liberal politicians have you fooled. It’s easy to be a socialist if your a rich politician or Hollywood elite – no skin off their back. They (liberal politicians) have done nothing for you besides getting you to worship and vote for them. Their empty promises have done nothing for you but you are too blind to see.

And yes, Ted Kennedy killed someone and never paid the price for his mistake! How hypocritical for you compassionate Liberals to forget that fact.

William

August 26th, 2009
9:22 am

Mrs. Godzilla

August 26th, 2009
9:09 am
The Muslims have a saying to, “Convert them to muslim or kill them.”

Jackie

August 26th, 2009
9:22 am

RIP Sen. Kennedy.

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
9:22 am

Normal – as they say here, “oh, bless” (the British version of “bless his heart”)

Peadawg – shouldn’t that be Princess (and the) Peadawg ??? while love may be too strong of a word, I do respect the man for not wasting his life and for trying to atone for what happened.

Bud Wiser

August 26th, 2009
9:23 am

Whenever a dark-windowed limousine was spotted traveling on Route 3, the only highway from Boston onto the Cape, someone would inevitably nod and say, “Must be a Kennedy.”

Did it have those fancy inflatable airbags on the outside, and a propeller just beside the rear plates?

Normal

August 26th, 2009
9:23 am

PEADAWG…All this time I thought you were just a Black hater, but now I see you are just a hater of all things not you…bless your heart.
And just yesterday, you were praying for somebody who said they were an athiest. What a difference a day brings…just surmisin’

USinUK

August 26th, 2009
9:24 am

way-hey!! I made it!!! I have a name thief. I’m somebody now!!

(eat my dust Mrs. Godzilla!!)

disgusted

August 26th, 2009
9:24 am

After reading the comments here, I realize that America will never be better. It’s not the American government; it’s the American citizens. We have truly divided ourselves and this schism will never be repaired.

William

August 26th, 2009
9:24 am

lovelyliz

August 26th, 2009
9:04 am
How many liberals do you know who serve in the military? I bet that is none or closer to one.