Your morning jolt: Carter says Kennedy bore consequences of Chappaquiddick ‘like a man’

As noted yesterday, Jimmy Carter’s formal statement on the passing of Edward Kennedy said nothing but good about the Massachusetts senator.

But on last night’s PBS “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” the former president was slightly more candid. Carter, who endured a challenge from Kennedy for the 1980 Democratic nomination for president, noted that Kennedy himself admitted that his personal failings limited his political career.

Said Carter:

”But [Kennedy] more than made up for that, after 1980, and during the years that he served before in the Senate — and although after the [1969 ]Chappaquiddick incident occurred. And I think he suffered from the consequences of it. He bore it like a man, and he survived in the minds and hearts of the American people.”

On Facebook and elsewhere this morning, the most conservative Republicans in Georgia were pointing to the poor judgment of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who on Tuesday was caught saying something nice about President Barack Obama and Kennedy, his late colleague.

This from WRDW-TV in Augusta:

Chambliss attempted to set the record straight on what he calls misinformation.

“Say goodbye,” said Susan Swanson who is fed up with Washington lawmakers. “Kick out the bums. Kick them all out.”

She fears talk of health care reform.

“My concern is all this talk about death panels,” said Susan. “All the bureaucracy that people have to go through.”

The death panel rumors were given credence by Sarah Palin who campaigned with Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss in Augusta back in November. Chambliss is looking to distance himself from Palin on his latest trip to Augusta.

“I don’t agree with her that there will be death panels created by any of the plans that are out there,” said Chambliss.

Susan doesn’t know who to believe.

“It’s not Washington,” said Susan. “I don’t believe Washington.”

“I commend the president for spending political capital to bring this issue to the forefront,” said Chambliss. “We’ve talked about reforming health care for years, but we’ve never gotten around to it.”

Chambliss reached across the aisle as Senator Ted Kennedy, a champion for health care reform, [lost his battle with cancer].

“The Senate is a family,” said Chambliss. “We are all good friends within the Senate, and Senator Kennedy was a great legislator.”

A poll by Strategic Vision, a Republican strategy firm, issued on Wednesday shows Chambliss’ approval rating at 46 percent.

The SV poll also shows, as did an earlier Rasmussen poll, that the race for governor is in the summer doldrums. On the Republican side, SV has the following:

— John Oxendine 39% (last month 38%)

— Nathan Deal 13% (16%)

— Karen Handel 12% (9%)

— Eric Johnson 6% (5%)

— Austin Scott 3% (2%)

— Ray McBerry 2% (3%)

— Undecided 25% (27%)

In the Democratic race for governor:

— Roy Barnes 45% (46%)

— Thurbert Baker 29% (31%)

— David Poythress 4% (4%)

— DuBose Porter 2% (3%)

— Undecided 20% (16%)

A “Draft Roger Hines for State School Superintendent” has been established on Facebook. Hines is a former Republican state lawmaker from Kennesaw and close to House Speaker Glenn Richardson. Don’t know whether this is a sanctioned effort or not.

Democrats are pointing to a FAQ document on the web site run by U.S. Rep. David Scott of Atlanta. The title: “Responses to popular myths about the bill text of H.R. 3200.”

In front of a crowd of University of Georgia students, former Gov. Roy Barnes on Wednesday laid into the man who beat him in 2002, for cuts Republican incumbent Sonny Perdue has made to education. This from the Athens Banner-Herald:

Past Georgia governors always made it through recessions without teacher furloughs or expanding class sizes, Barnes said, including the downturn following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks during his term.

“It was like taking a spigot and turning off state revenue,” he said. “We have always been able to meet those challenges.”

Barnes said he would have closed special-interest tax loopholes, saving $400 million to $700 million, rather than furlough teachers.

While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s

  • Federal permit clears way for nuclear plants at Vogtle.
  • Recession prompts MARTA to spend on image.
  • Deal accused of ethics breach in watchdog group complaint.
  • Atlanta police officers refuse to cooperate with citizen review board.
  • Atlanta rigged airport contract, lawyer contends.
  • Atlanta police chief sacks 911 director.
  • Kennesaw settles race bias lawsuit.
  • DeKalb County school system’s final report: Bullying not key factor in boy’s death.
  • Lowery joins legal fight against Ga. coal plant.
  • Some opinion:

  • Your Luckovich fix.
  • Kyle Wingfield says probe shows 9/11 is, sadly, forgotten.
  • Doctor — also a patient — considers the options.
  • From elsewhere in Georgia:

  • Macon Telegraph: Health care industry contributes heavily to Blue Dogs.
  • Atlanta Unfiltered: Are budget, staff cuts undermining ethics enforcement?
  • And beyond:

  • NYT: Push for fast choice on successor to Kennedy.
  • WP: Lab produces monkeys with two mothers.
  • WSJ: Abortion is new front in health care battle.
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    40 comments Add your comment


    August 27th, 2009
    9:49 am

    Real, Deal. Steal. Falling like a rock in the polls. Wait until the next one, that reflects his stuffing his own pockets first mentality. Plus he’s a RINO. Only became a republican when it became the right political thing to do. Dig back into some of his old votes in congress.

    My man Ox continues to climb. Go Ox.

    Dash Riptide

    August 27th, 2009
    9:54 am

    The Ox clearly has the man crush vote sewn up.

    David S

    August 27th, 2009
    10:02 am

    No, taking the consequences of Chappaquiddick like a man would have involved prison time and financial compensation to Mary Jo’s family. Instead, he went on to 45 years of economic and political oppression of the american people via his position in the senate.

    The Kennedy’s don’t know the first thing about taking responsibility for anything. They are real good at exploiting the political process for their own gain, beginning with Joe’s rumrunning in the 20’s to build the empire and on through every other exploitive member of the political class that has vicitimized the american people.

    good grief

    August 27th, 2009
    10:08 am

    Oxendine takes bribes.


    August 27th, 2009
    10:37 am

    It doesn’t surprise me that some of the more conservative Republicans are upset that Saxby might have something good to say about “the enemy”, (any Democrat). What these very narrowly focused people fail to realize that their strategy has failed, is a failure, and will forever be a failure. The “death panel” stuff, hogwash, that’s all it is. The people who believe that stuff only demonstrate a very shallow understanding of a very complex issue. As long as they adopt the view that it’s them or us, they will wallow in the muck of defeat.

    Jim Callihan

    August 27th, 2009
    11:09 am

    Chambliss is a corporatism sellout, as is Isukson, who basically made the same coy comment about the “death panels”. These shills are either too lazy to read the very bills that become law (a high probability) or they’re being deceitful politicians (an even higher probability).

    The (whatever you want to call it) “Panel” is already law (along with the “electronic Health Care Monitoring System” to the tune of 50 BILLION DOLLARS).

    Here ya go:

    And btw “Foxendine” – how’s that campaign to end the insurance industry’s “Anti-Trust Exemption” (called “racketeering”) coming along? What? You have no plans or promises to change it?



    August 27th, 2009
    11:26 am

    Jim Callihan – the law allows insurers to exchange SOME information, information like loss ratios, claims expense experience, etc…to allow smaller insurers (who lack the data) to enter the market and thereby increase competition. Doing away with this law (like one lawmaker walking the state for Governor tried to do last year) would decrease competition and lead to higher premiums for all Georgians. Not a good idea to say the least.


    August 27th, 2009
    12:40 pm

    Hey, GoOx…Your guy was a Democrat like Deal, too, and also switched parties when it was clear he could lose an election as a Democrat. I’m no Nathan Deal fan, but let’s be honest. Oxendine came from a long line of Gwinnett County Democrats and was one himself. Seems that a lot of today’s Republicans were yesterday’s Democrats…Sonny Perdue…Mike Bowers..and the list goes on and on and on……

    Ted 2

    August 27th, 2009
    12:47 pm

    Kennedy bore NO CONSEQUENCES from Chappaquidick, except maybe having to get his suit cleaned. Yet even with this stain, Democrats elected this person to the US Senate time and time again. What legislation did he author? What cause did he step out in front and lead?? NOTHING. What a wasted life…

    good grief

    August 27th, 2009
    12:50 pm

    3 or 4 years ago, a large insurance company was trying to get some new rates approved by Oxendine’s office. The rate change request sat on his desk for many, many, many, months. Finally, the local agents of this company elected one among them to call “Ox” and ask what the hold up was. Ox told this fellow that he was so busy trying to raise funds for his re-election that he didn’t have enought time to get to the rates. He indicated that if he received a large donation, maybe he would have more time. The agent told him that it sounded like a bribe, but Ox said that there was no proof of that.

    Well, the local agents of this company gathered together $50,000 among them and presented the check to “Ox” at a dinner in Duluth. At the dinner, “Ox” told the agents that they would have some good new regarding their rate change request. It was approved the next day.

    good grief

    August 27th, 2009
    12:58 pm

    Ted2 wrote “…What legislation did he author? What cause did he step out in front and lead?? NOTHING. What a wasted life”

    Ted Kennedy wrote more than 2,500 bills, of which more than 500 became law.

    You may not like any of the legislation he wrote and may think poorly of his personal life, but anyone can see he was a busy legislator.

    He authored the American with Disabilities Act. He wrote a bill that made health insurance available to people after they lose their jobs for a period of time. In 1971, he authored a bill that quadrupled funding for cancer research.

    He also voted on a lot of key issues. Ones you agree with and ones you don’t.

    For example, I am disappointed he backed No Child Left Behind and I am impressed he voted against the Iraq War Resolution.

    David S

    August 27th, 2009
    12:59 pm

    The real tragedy of Kennedy’s death is that the legislation he authored and sponsored will live on after him. All legislation should immediately sunset with the death of the author – actually every 2 years would be even better.

    The Kennedy family contributed nothing but entertainment and misery to this country. From the killing of Marilyn Monroe to the death of Mary Jo to the Bay of Pigs, the Vietnam War, all of Kennedy’s health care legislation and other socialist boondoggles, this family has done nothing more than take, take, take from the productive sector and give, give, give to the parasite class. Good riddance.

    As for the death panels, the current bill does not specify a whole lot of things. Anyone with a basic understanding of economics however can see what the obvious outcomes of these socialist/fascist policies will be. Death panels may be a harsh title, but they will exist under some name. They do now, and the current system must be fixed. The only way to fix all of today’s problems (which have all been cause by either government protections, licensure laws, tax laws, regulations, restrictions, or the like), is to get Government COMPLETELY out of the real of healthcare delivery and licensure entirely.

    Only a truly free market can bring down prices and deliver higher quality. And please don’t say that the free market has failed doing this, that or the other. We do not have a free market in ANYTHING in this country. What we have is fascism and socialism and a hobbled marketplace that is doing an outstanding job nonetheless.

    good grief

    August 27th, 2009
    1:28 pm

    David S.

    You say that Death Panels exist now. Its true that private insurance comapnies as well as Medicare and Medicaid will not pay for some proceedures. However, if you want to pay for any proceedure on your own, you can do it. A Doctor may require you spend a lot of extra money if you are elderly, but you can find a Doctor who will perform anything on you regardless of age for the right price.

    Thats not going away. If the Public Option or the Private Option tells you that you’re too old for that hip replacement, you just will have to pay for it yourself.

    Seems like a free market advocate would liek that.

    King Arthur

    August 27th, 2009
    2:08 pm

    What’s all this about Camelot? We would never had allowed these knaves a seat at the Round Table, especially that snobby, adulterous Walrus of the Senate!

    Cedric E. Arle

    August 27th, 2009
    2:11 pm

    Thank you David S. Kennedy never told the truth publicly at the time. He was a drunkard, philanderer and carouser. As to later good works, even the Devil will do God’s bidding eventually.


    August 27th, 2009
    2:27 pm

    Have we gotten to the point that even when someone of the opposite political party dies we still can’t put our political issues aside and say something nice about? In no way should Chambliss be given hell by saying something nice about the President Obama or the late senator Kennedy.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    August 27th, 2009
    2:30 pm

    Carter is no authority on what is “man.”

    He was President of the United States of America and neither Nixon, nor Nixon’s boss’s son, GHWBush, were hanged for his role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy to send 58,000 of us to die in Vietnam for Vatican banker Rockefeller’s overlords of the Roman Anti-Christ.

    Carter did manage to fire 70,000 of the Roman Catholic Knight of Malta-led CIA which provided the “mechanics” to do the treason – and their Wall Street fascists of the Fed Pyramid ran him from office in reture – but were he a true man Nixon and Bush and the rest of the top-tier of Rockefeller’s and Rome’s “Fifth Column” would have hanged and their false-elite faction of fascist plutocracy fully expropriated.

    So Carter, while adult, had the chance to be a true American Man, but he failed: George W. Bush fathered children, too, but he certainly is no man.

    Carter pretends to know G-d. If he did he would have “swept evil from Our Land,” then and now.

    Male human isn’t “man” unless he knows G-d and pursues Righteousness. Could “Annuit Coeptis” be any clearer a path to that Knowledge? Carter and other would-be American Men should read America’s Prophet Thomas Jefferson to know G-d.


    August 27th, 2009
    3:03 pm

    Good to see WIll Jones still keeping the nut train going…….someone has to champion that cause. Seriously, there is nothing wrong with Senator Chambliss saying encouraging words about a President of the opposite party. I mean my god we are all Americans here.

    As for GoOx, dude Oxedine is just as corrupt as the next one. Deal switched parties because his beliefs and the demographics of his district changed and for him to be representative of them, he had to switch. Please note he made that switch while the party was still the minority in Washington and right after Bill Clinton one his first election.

    I wouldn’t put too much credence on the polls right now. No one is paying attention to a governor’s race that is 15 months away. Lets wait and see what the poll numbers are in say…….May of next year as the race heads into the home stretch. Btw……39% for someone who is voted statewide several times is not a good position to be in. 13% and not being known outside of your district means you just need to get your name out there. I will make an early prediction and that will be that come April and May of next year, you will see Ox in 3rd place and falling. The state knows him too well. Several candidates they don’t right now and will probably get to know them for the better by the primary.

    Ted Kennedy – don’t agree with his politics, but the man is a human being who suffered over the last year. Hopefully he found forgiveness for his past sins and may he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.

    cletus T. rockafella

    August 27th, 2009
    4:35 pm

    I can’t comment on carter’s comments – he’s a moron. I met the man. A total idiot. One of the worst presidents this nation ever had, right down there with bush & clinton. Regarding ted, who cares? He’s dead and the trifecta is complete. No great loss.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    August 27th, 2009
    6:31 pm

    Perfectly appropriate that “Gary” would support a Vietnam law school draft-dodger w/ corrupt hands getting rich on the People’s dime. No man, no American, there.


    August 27th, 2009
    7:08 pm

    You may wish to continue to live in La La Land by calling death panels something else, but consider this:

    “Apparently, promising to cut costs by having a panel of Washington bureaucrats (for short, “The Death Panel”) deny medical treatment wasn’t a popular idea with most Americans. So liberals started claiming that they are going to cover an additional 47 million uninsured Americans and cut costs … without ever denying a single medical treatment!”

    Explain how we can (1) cover 47 million additional people with health care coverage, (2) decrease costs, AND (3) NOT deny care to people. Hmmmmmmm?

    Pope Juan Busho Clintano XXVII, Via Rome, Italy and Will Jones dental work

    August 27th, 2009
    7:34 pm

    Enter your comments here

    Pope Juan Busho Clintano XXVII, Via Rome, Italy and Will Jones dental work

    August 27th, 2009
    7:35 pm

    Will jones is being watch by we cathoilcs. We can now scan through his tim foil and we can read his mind. Not much there, by the way.


    August 27th, 2009
    8:04 pm

    Even in death, I still wish for the best for my political opponents.

    Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle

    August 27th, 2009
    10:35 pm

    Kennedy should have owned up to what happened. Carter is a fool and a tool. Carter should be in the old folks home and Kennedy should have spent the rest of his life in jail.

    Jim Callihan

    August 28th, 2009
    12:29 am

    Hey “Half-TRUTH” – why did you ignore the nefarious aspects of the legalized racketeering going on in the industry? Like the collusional meetings to divide up territories, types of coverages, demographic targets and yes “actuary data” on claims, profit/loss. Even dispensation of “types of coverages”…all sorted out like mob bosses. EXACTLY like mob bosses.

    Try and sell your manure to someone else.

    Jim Callihan

    August 28th, 2009
    12:33 am

    One more thing – the fallacy of “smaller insurance companies”. Run a “D&B” on the officers and major stock holders of these “smaller companies”. Guess what you will find? The same deceit that Standard Oil pulled when Congress ordered them to break their monopoly about 100 years ago – different companies – SAME OWNERS!!!

    WAKE UP!!!


    August 28th, 2009
    10:22 am

    Bore the consequences of Chappaquiddick like a man? Age getting to the ol’ long term memory there Jimmy?


    August 28th, 2009
    4:27 pm

    It is Bush’s fault that Kennedy let Mary Jo drown. I hate Bush!!!

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    August 29th, 2009
    7:15 am

    Now surfaces the name of a lying fascist – treason’s papist fellow-traveler: another witting, and formerly well-paid,”Fifth Column” operative knowingly in support of Bush’s and Cheney’s committing 9/11, and Bush’s father’s and Nixon’s assassination of John and Martin to send us to die in Vietnam.

    “The Curse causeless shall not come.”

    Death for Treason

    Pope Juan Busho Clintano XXVII, Via Rome, Italy and Will Jones dental work

    August 29th, 2009
    12:45 pm

    Will Jones is the name of a lying fascist- treason’s liberation theology fellow-traveler.

    Look I tried to copy the sentence structure of Will Jones, but it is completely nonsensical. Will has no idea what he is talking about. Everyone knows that 9/11 was a terrorist attack brought on by the neglect of democrat administrations that came before. Will’s tripe would be funny if it were not so very sad. Will, we are still watching and listening.

    P.S. The KIMMER ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!

    Now I must go lead the excommunication service for Ted “The Swimmer” Kennedy. That abortion loving, murderous sot is unworthy. Not unlike Willie Jonez.

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    August 29th, 2009
    1:36 pm

    Whig, or Tory: American, or Traitor.

    Patriot Ted Kennedy believed in G-d’s dream of the Promised Land: America.

    He earned the honor The Flag now represents draping his coffin, to be laid to rest at Arlington.

    Fascist traitors assassinated his brothers that We, the People, die in Vietnam for the Roman Anti-Christ.

    NB – Recall Bush’s weasel eyes’ guilt, captured by the camera, as President Obama recalled 9/11 during his inspired eulogy.

    Fascist traitors revile Ted Kennedy’s memory.

    May G-d bless America and Ted Kennedy, his family and those who mourn his passing.

    Death for Treason

    Pope Juan Busho Clintano XXVII, Via Rome, Italy and Will Jones dental work

    August 29th, 2009
    5:25 pm

    Will, you dolt, it was a bunch of leftist that killed The Swimmer’s brothers. One a communist, the other some loon that hated israel, like Rev. Wright. Have you even read history Will, or do you just make this stuff up?

    Sister Maria Conchita Gonzales-Gonzales

    August 29th, 2009
    5:28 pm

    If Will was a Kennedy, then that would be 2 labotomies. Just saying….

    Will Jones - Atlanta

    August 29th, 2009
    7:18 pm

    Nixon and Bush1 with an element of the Knight of Malta-led Roman Catholic CIA assassinated John Kennedy. The ‘Hunt v. Marchetti/Liberty Lobby’ Federal Dist. Court jury deliberated and spoke on the matter in 1985.

    Those who killed Kennedy killed King and Bobby.

    The same faction cheated Bush2 into office to commit 9/11.

    Fascist traitors lie anonymously to protect the necks of Vatican banker and CFR boss Rockefeller, and the rest of Rome’s “Fifth Column” America’s Founder, Author, and Prophet identified as “the real Anti-Christ.”

    Those who deny The Creator G-d/”Annuit Coeptis” have no truth in them.

    Death for Treason


    August 30th, 2009
    2:38 pm

    Rot in hell Kennedy, you leftwingnut murdering POS.

    Mary Jo Kopechne

    August 30th, 2009
    3:20 pm

    Will you are wrong. Leftist killed the Kennedy brothers. Period. Do you read? Have you been in a coma for the last 60 yrs? What is your damage?

    Mary Jo Kopechne

    August 30th, 2009
    3:23 pm

    Hey Will, why did The Swimmer beg the Pope for his prayers upon his death bed? Was Teddy an evil Catholic? Did he have a Rockefeller nose?

    An aside: The Pope resoonded to Kennedy with a form letter. I love it!

    Kerry Barton

    August 30th, 2009
    6:23 pm

    God Bless Senator Edward Moore Kennedy your name will live in the hearts and minds of Americans forever. The people on this blog who make senseless comments will remains just that on a blog… Never doing anything but spewing worthless none sense. I actually mourn them for being so darn stupid.

    and nancy p mousemeat is a scholarly speaker

    August 31st, 2009
    2:25 pm

    Before President Carter went off the deep end and began seeing killer rabbits, began discussing nook-you-lar policy with daughter Amy, and began imagining Zionists hiding in his closets, he was a man to be respected.
    Now he is to be pitied.
    It is too bad that the newsnitwits keep interviewing someone who is so obviously senile that he keeps Pampers and Depends in business.