Ted “Chappaquiddick” Kennedy Endorses Obama

28 01 2008

Let’s think about who endorsed Obama today:

Ted Kennedy was expelled from Harvard for cheating on a Spanish Test in 1951 and it’s been downhill from there… Then when he joined the Army, signing up for a four-year stint, his Daddy made some phone calls and got it changed to a two-year stint… Anybody else remember Chappaquiddick?

From the Washington Post:

Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick – 1969

On the evening of July 19, 1969, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts drove his Oldsmobile off a wooden bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, drowning his passenger, a young campaign worker named Mary Jo Kopechne. The senator left the scene of the accident, did not report it to the police for many hours, and according to some accounts considered concocting an alibi for himself in the interim.

At the time, Kennedy managed to escape severe legal and political consequences for his actions thanks to his family’s connections (which helped to contain the inquest and grand jury) and to a nationally televised “Checkers”-like speech broadcast a week after the accident. But virtually no journalist who has closely examined the evidence fully believes Kennedy’s story, and almost 30 years later, the tragedy still trails the senator, with aggressive press investigations revived in five-year anniversary intervals.

Probably more than any other single factor, Chappaquiddick – a frenzy without end – has ensured that Ted Kennedy would not follow his brother John to the White House.

Here is what Teddy had to say:

Address to the People of Massachusetts on Chappaquiddick

broadcast nationally from Joseph P. Kennedy’s home on 25 July 1969

Audio mp3 of Address

Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law?
Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty? ” ~
Senator Ted Kennedy, 1973 

His history of mistakes doesn’t end there… 

According to NNDB: “In a late-1980s media profile, Kennedy was succinctly described as someone who “grew to manhood without learning to be an adult”. He is rumored to have had several affairs while married to his first wife, and had often been seen in public while thoroughly tanked and/or behaving obnoxiously. In 1987 he was caught in flagrante delicto with an unidentified woman on the floor of a restaurant.”

Is this someone you’d want to endorse you?

I don’t pretend to understand how New England thinks but, here in middle America we aren’t impressed by the Kennedy family’s wealth and power… JFK was a good President for only 2 1/2 years (1961-1963) … He might have been a GREAT President but, truth is, we’ll never know what might have been if he hadn’t died by an assassin’s bullet.

Is this country in love with the memory, the dreams of what might have been or are we so disillusioned by our current set of politicos that we are turning our eyes toward “Camelot?”

We should not equate the endorsement of these family (Teddy, Caroline and Patrick)members as a JFK endorsement.




One response

30 01 2008

Kinda scary, huh? To have someone who’s mostly famous for being a drunk endorse you. It will be interesting to watch how that endorsement pans out in the long run.


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