7/18/2009

A Sad Anniversary

Forty years ago today, Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off the bridge at Chappaquidick, ending the life of Mary Jo Kopechne. In a more just world, he would have paid for his crime and his political career would have ended, but he was a Kennedy and it was Massachusetts, and he got his driver's license suspended. The position in which Kopechne's body was found indicated that she was alive after the wreck...and died a slow and agonizing death that almost certainly could have been prevented had Kennedy sought immediate help. But he was more concerned with saving his own political career than with her life. It's worth remembering that act of cowardice and self-preservation as he is praised as the "lion of the Senate." Lying of the Senate would be closer to the truth. What a despicable excuse for a man.

As the old bumper sticker put it, Ted Kennedy's car killed more people than Three Mile Island.

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