Guy Smith summarises the overblown achievements of a recent shuffler from the mortal coil:
Teddy’s politics and positions have largely been an affront to those who lust for liberty. The media made great hay today of his support for 1960’s era civil rights legislation, though any decent human being would have as well. No, all Ted’s other legislation was designed to rob the average American of his wealth (Teddy’s money is sheltered in offshore trusts) restrict rights (Teddy was a slave to the gun control industry) and limit free choice in many fields (like where to purchase one’s health insurance).
As you’d regrettably expect, some mainstream press in Australia chose to gush rather than give a factual appraisal.
The Age sank deeper in the mire than usual by referring to his abandonment of a dying young woman as “a lapse of judgment”!!!
Imagine: “Yes, your honour, I cut her throat and hacked her into pieces. Call it a lapse of judgment”.
Nine network news tonight was just plain amateurish by not even mentioning Mary Jo Kopechne or Kennedy’s disgraceful conduct.
Are budget cuts so savage at Bendigo St that the makeup girl is writing the bulletins?
Kerry Packer must be spinning in his grave. If he’s not organising a fireside welcome for Kennedy.
The Kennedys have often been described as US royalty. Ted must have believed his court was cobbled from the worst excesses of the roman empire, Henry VIII and the Sun King. It is almost amusing to watch lefties wailing and gushing at the passing of such a vile exploiter of privilege. Rush Limbaugh recalls a piece on Kennedy by the late acclaimed editor of New Republic, Michael Kelly:
It was a long article, and it was incredible . . . But it detailed every reprobate act the guy was known for. Interviews with waitresses who had been slammed on tables when walking in the room and so forth. People have been paid off for their silence. The waitress sandwich was described in great detail. The waitress sandwich is this. Chris Dodd and Kennedy were drinking buddies and this piece detailed Kennedy in the first 15 minutes of arriving someplace downed three screwdrivers, and then they’d send the waitresses in there and he’d grab one there on on the table breaking the plates and the glass and so forth. I mean, that’s just minor stuff. I’m just giving you the stuff on the family show here that we can discuss. The waitress sandwich is this. Either Dodd… It’s on the floor, either Dodd or Kennedy on the floor then the waitress on top of either Dodd or Kennedy and then either Dodd or Kennedy on top of the waitress!
No doubt some acolyte in the media will remind us in coming days of Kennedy’s wimpish, or playful, or gentle humour.
Humour like this?
Jules Crittenden mentioned on his blog he heard Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek and editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, recalling on air that Ted Kennedy liked to joke about Chappaquiddick. It seemed to defy belief, so I listened to the episode of The Diane Rehm Show in question and sure enough — I’ve transcribed what Klein told guest host Katy Kay.
I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?”
Makes you want to go and wash your hands, doesn’t it?
That roaring silence? Er, that would be the duchesses of the feminist movement.