On Ted Kennedy.
n her youth, Laura Bush was also involved in a hit-and-run that killed her ex-boyfriend. She hasn't been criticized for that her entire life. What is the statute of limitations on a tragic--and perhaps even preventable-- accident? I don't know. But life goes on and eventually you have to judge someone by more than one act.
Ah ... the "BUT BUSH ..." defense. Laura ran a stop sign, didn't leave the scene of the crime, was sober ...
It's nice of you to remember Mary Jo at such a convienent time. Is Ted Kennedy ever to be allowed forgivness for making an awful drunken mistake? Or is going to be dragged through the mud yet again by grat minds like you in one of your 'I was just thinking' colums. The man went on to become one of the great senators in U.S. history by being able to reach across the aisle and have legislation passed that helped millions of poor Americans live better lives. I've did a lot of really stupid shit when I was drinking, some escapades causing great harm and near death. It could be my legacy, hopefully I'll do a fraction of the good Ted Kennedy's done to make up for all the stupid things I did while drunk.
Some of us have been remembering Mary Jo for .... ever. Kennedy doesn't get forgiveness because he never made any atonement. In fact, he apparently enjoyed a good Chappaquiddick joke! An awful drunken mistake? Understatement of the year.
But, this comment really gets it right:
So, he was effective as a Senator. And, I am sure he was pleasant to be around when he wasn't in his cups and if you were not a gropable female. However, Teddy Kennedy had a sense of entitlement and got away with things that no one should have gotten away with, first the Manslaughter/Murder of that poor woman and then many drunken offenses against women who were not in positions of power. What a feminist icon!
Yes, a feminist icon. Mike Kelley on Kennedy:
As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd’s lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair. As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. Kennedy, Dodd and their dates leave shortly thereafter, following a friendly argument between the senators over the check.
Sexual assault is only an anti-woman act when it's done by conservatives. See: Bill Clinton.