Kennedy, Byrd both stricken at Capitol luncheon; Update: Kennedy was talking on the way out

posted at 3:00 pm on January 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

A lot of excitement today for two men in ill health. Byrd appears to be okay, Kennedy … less so. Stand by for updates.

Update: CBS confirms that it was a seizure and said Byrd was taken out because of his emotion over Kennedy.

Update: Early indications are that it’s not bad as feared. ABC updates:

In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Kennedy was talking as he was taken out on a stretcher to the ambulance. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., a very close friend of Kennedy’s, could be seen laughing as Kennedy’s stretcher was put into the ambulance — a good sign.


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out with the old, in with the new?

Noneya on January 20, 2009 at 3:01 PM

I won’t cheer Kennedy’s troubles.

Hard not to cheer the troubles of a Klansmen though, and impossible not to laugh at the irony of it happening on today of all days.

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Why did Barry have to make it all about race and indirectly about him? Talk about someone lacking class.

Illinidiva on January 20, 2009 at 3:02 PM

What a terrible day to be stricken sick.

I don’t like either of these men’s politics – but I wish them and their families well.

Tough day to be stricken ill – and in public.

jake-the-goose on January 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Could be one Kennedy going out and one coming in.

KW64 on January 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Best wishes to Mr. Kennedy and speedy recovery.

Go RBNY on January 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I don’t wish any physical harm on either of these to men, but i honestly don’t care what happens to either of them. Maybe its just karma for a former Klansman , and a guy who got away with murder.

MDWNJ on January 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM

May they both live happily in retirement…please.

tbradshaw on January 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Luckily Jesus is close by to heal them.

gumble on January 20, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Hard not to cheer the troubles of a Klansmen though, and impossible not to laugh at the irony of it happening on today of all days.

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Rare. But deserved. +1.

I hope the worst for Byrd cuz he is a Joooooo-hatin’ SOB.

Andy in Agoura Hills on January 20, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I don’t think two constitutes evidence of a purge … but still, maybe the wine glasses should be bagged.

Dusty on January 20, 2009 at 3:04 PM

AP:

You have big HuffPo problems over in the Headlines on this topic.

IrishEi on January 20, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Byrd has apparently acknowledged his wrongs in his younger years. Kennedy, not. As long as there’s life, there’s time for a mea culpa.

Wethal on January 20, 2009 at 3:06 PM

They should have stayed away from the PB&J sandwiches.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 20, 2009 at 3:07 PM

prepare yourself for two wellstone funerals in the near term.

eh on January 20, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Can’t stand either man’s politics and have nothing but contempt & disgust for their behavior as younger men.

However, I do wish them the best & am concerned for both their families

Son of Sam Kinison on January 20, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Classy stuff from the HA posters. Thought something had happened to Bush or Cheney and I was on Kos or Huffington for a sec.

dakine on January 20, 2009 at 3:08 PM

May they both recover — in retirement, with elections to fill their spots.

rbj on January 20, 2009 at 3:08 PM

coming soon: The Ted Kennedy Memorial Healthcare Plan for America

i.e. Socialistic Healthcare, all that oppose are ‘un-American’

jp on January 20, 2009 at 3:08 PM

maybe Byrd was disgusted watching his country be taken over by a “race mongrel”.

cameo on January 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Byrd has apparently acknowledged his wrongs in his younger years. Kennedy, not. As long as there’s life, there’s time for a mea culpa.

Wethal on January 20, 2009 at 3:06 PM

In fairness to Kennedy, we don’t know the content of his private thoughts and prayers.

I hope they both feel better soon – but it is pretty weird that Byrd got sick today.

capitalist piglet on January 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM

2 less senate votes to stop the fillibuster……..

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on January 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Kennedy had a massive siezure, prolonged. It’s also intrresting that notto long ago most hotair readers were wishing the guy good health and now they’re basically wishing for his death. Stay classy…

PresidenToor on January 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

out with the old, in with the new?

Noneya on January 20, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Wow, you’re even like this to your own. I shouldn’t be surprised.

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Hard not to cheer the troubles of a Klansmen though, and impossible not to laugh at the irony of it happening on today of all days.

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2009 at 3:01 PM

LOL

Troy Rasmussen on January 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Klansman that hasn’t killed anyone

That we know of…

/hey worked for Bush Bashers

Speedwagon82 on January 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

prayers go out to both.
dont like either but dont wish ill on anyone.

trailortrash on January 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Kennedy … less so.

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.

Rae on January 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Looks like a Win-Win for the Dems. Cuomo can now be named as senator for NY, defusing that situation, Carolyn can go to MA and assume Teddy’s seat and somwhere a committee is trying to find Amy Carter to replace Byrd.

Just A Grunt on January 20, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Classy stuff from the HA posters. Thought something had happened to Bush or Cheney and I was on Kos or Huffington for a sec.

dakine on January 20, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Unlike those cesspools you speak of, HA has actual posters who can’t stand Kennedy or Byrd condemning the hateful comments by ignorant people.

Son of Sam Kinison on January 20, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Lord, heal and save them both!

Christian Conservative on January 20, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Klansman that hasn’t killed anyone…

leetpriest on January 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM

…and reported it.

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne

pseudonominus on January 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

we are better off, politically, if Teddy is healthy than to pass on while the Dems are flexing their muscles.

jp on January 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

HEAL!

gumble on January 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

You guys should not revel in the sickness of someone else. As much as we disagree with Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd on this forum, they are human beings and don’t deserve ill wishes. Leave it to the lefties to rejoice in the illness of their adversaries. We should be better than this.

nemecizer on January 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Kennedy did leave a woman to die in an air pocket, for hours, while he talked to his lawyer and sobered up. That’s Saw-level brutality.

Beagle on January 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM

CBS confirms that it was a seizure and said Byrd was taken out because of his emotion over Kennedy.

I can’t stand Byrd, but there’s something touching about this. I felt the same when I saw the footage of Nixon crying at Pat’s funeral. I’m a pushover, I guess.

Infidoll on January 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Let me guess, you guys are all ‘christians’, right?

Vernon Hardapple on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

May they both recover — in retirement, with elections to fill their spots.

rbj on January 20, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Best sentiment I think either should receive

Rogue on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

does WV had a GOP governor?

thats a seat we should be able to pick up eventually. The dems will have to find a bluedog that has a strong record on Coal

jp on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Wow, you’re even like this to your own. I shouldn’t be surprised.

Esthier on January 20, 2009 at 3:10 PM

i wasnt trying to be mean, just seems like a sign is all

Noneya on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

that’s tough. prayers for family and friends all around.

bridgetown on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Whenever I hear about news like this, I always wonder why the Supreme Court justices rarely have these types of episodes, I mean for Zeus’s sake they are all up there in age and they just won’t die. I treat them like Bin Laden, I think they might really be dead, but people are hiding this information to protect their own interests. What are the odds that you could find a pulse on Ginsburg?

LevStrauss on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

O/T…anyone listning to Hannity. I think the fairness doctrine has been implemented….
All I hear is dead air.

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Kennedy is sick and Byrd is ancient. They should both retire and live out their lives in peace.

Ellen on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

In fairness to Kennedy, we don’t know the content of his private thoughts and prayers.

I hope they both feel better soon – but it is pretty weird that Byrd got sick today.

capitalist piglet on January 20, 2009 at 3:09 PM

For someone in public life, who tried to run for president after Chappaquidick, I think he should publicly acknowledge: leaving a young woman to slowly die over 45 minutes, when there were lights on at a nearby house, while he ran to get friends to either take the rap of back up his lies. He lied in the court proceedings, and got off with a slap on the wrist. Leaving the scene of an accident, I think. He lied in public. He should come clean in public.

He owes the public an apology, if only because all these years he’s been criticizing conservatives for their lack of concern for the plight of the unfortunate, i.e, for not supporting big liberal programs. He’s a holier-than-thou hypocrite.

Wethal on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Let me guess, you guys are all ‘christians’, right?

Vernon Hardapple on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

I’m Jewish. And you? Wahabbi or Sufi?

Aristotle on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

I pray that no one in Mary Jo’s family will hit their head on the ceiling over the news.

Ronnie on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

You guys should not revel in the sickness of someone else. As much as we disagree with Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd on this forum, they are human beings and don’t deserve ill wishes. Leave it to the lefties to rejoice in the illness of their adversaries. We should be better than this.

nemecizer on January 20, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Would you wish ill on David Duke? I would. He and Byrd are in the same club.

I agree with you on Kennedy, though.

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Walter Mondale said that Ted Kennedy is doing better.

SoulGlo on January 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

He’s on. I picking him up fine.

kingsjester on January 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

If he dies, princess caroline can be considered for 2 seats!

TrickyDick on January 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

At least the media will have something else to talk about besides Michelle’s awful frock or how their legs are tingling.

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Commenting on this is above my pay-grade.

artist on January 20, 2009 at 3:18 PM

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

He’s on. I picking him up fine.

kingsjester on January 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Lost him on two stations, El Paso and Alamogordo…..Senator Bingaman DID want the fairness doctrine and I am in New Mexico presently….creepy.

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Walter Mondale said that Ted Kennedy is doing better.

SoulGlo on January 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

The question is, how is Walter?

artist on January 20, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Cut it out.

Alana on January 20, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Whatever happened to little Billy?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 20, 2009 at 3:20 PM

If Kennedy dies before they pass universal health care, will that strengthen the push for the Ted Kennedy Memorial Universal Health Care Bill or will that movement require Sen. Kennedy to be alive but ailing?

darii on January 20, 2009 at 3:20 PM

If he dies, princess caroline can be considered for 2 seats!

This just in: Cuomo caught pulling Teddy’s IV, film at 11.

ex-Democrat on January 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Mary Joe, as in the past, was unavailable for comment.

GarandFan on January 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM

I’m Jewish. And you? Wahabbi or Sufi?

Nope, raised Catholic. Ortho, right???

Vernon Hardapple on January 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Thank God he doesn’t have to stand in line for a Public Doctor.

marklmail on January 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Isn’t Byrd alright? Prayers to the Kennedys.

emailnuevo on January 20, 2009 at 3:22 PM

The lengths the “O” will go to in order to sell a few more Senate seats.

MarkTheGreat on January 20, 2009 at 3:23 PM

If he dies, princess caroline can be considered for 2 seats!

TrickyDick on January 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Maybe they can use the same argument they used for Obama’s seat if Teddy croaks, that you have to replace one sex or racial makeup with another, I mean we obviously can’t discriminate over Irish Aristocrats, now can we? And Hillary was a woman, that would be killing two birds with one stone.

I’d love to see Gov Patterson stand at the podium with Princess Caroline next to him saying, “Do not lynch this candidate”.

LevStrauss on January 20, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Let me guess, you guys are all ‘christians’, right?

Vernon Hardapple on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

I’m agnostic, jackass, as are some others here, along with some atheists.

MadisonConservative on January 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Walter Mondale said that Ted Kennedy is doing better.

SoulGlo on January 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

As they were carrying Kennedy out of the room, he was still seizing. President Barack Obama went out of the room with him, but he is back in the luncheon room now.

See! The One probably touched his forehead and upon witnessing the burst of divine light the seizures subsided.

gumble on January 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

OT, but whoever designed Mrs. Obama’s dress should be imprisoned. Making a beautiful woman look frumpy is no easy task. I question the designer’s patriotism.

Infidoll on January 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

I knew Kennedy was in poor health, but hadn’t heard about Byrd having any issues. I guess inaugurating a black man was more than the old Grand Dragon’s heart could take.

Kafir on January 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Byrd and Kennedy should be given the best health care any of us would receive under similar circumstances, that’s all I’ll say. Should they not be able to take their seats in the Senate, there should be special elections… but we know the odds of that, don’t we?

MNDavenotPC on January 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

PLEASE PEOPLE! Get hold of your selves! Have a little compassion. We disagree, fine. Don’t be like the nutty left…

misterspork on January 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Let me guess, you guys are all ‘christians’, right?
Vernon Hardapple on January 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

Why yes, yes we are. ALL conservatives and republicans are Christians; it’s required and mandated.

We spend our days nervously clinging to Bibles, talking to our guns and thinking of creative ways to kill brown/black/yellow people who trespass on our rural, unkempt, appliance-littered yards.

Right ON dude, you are so smart!

Bishop on January 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

http://www.ytedk.com

‘Nuff said.

guitarguy on January 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Ah come on you guys. It would be nice if this news came out on HA and there was not one comment. I see the majority are being nice though.

Vince on January 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

O/T…anyone listning to Hannity.
All I hear is dead air.

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

It’s been like that since 1997. You just noticed?

YYZ on January 20, 2009 at 3:26 PM

I’m agnostic, jackass, as are some others here, along with some atheists.

I suppose that it would be difficult to live in a place like Wisconsin and believe that there is a God.

Vernon Hardapple on January 20, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Making a beautiful woman look frumpy is no easy task. I question the designer’s patriotism.

Infidoll on January 20, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone shares your vision of Michelle.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2009 at 3:27 PM

PLEASE PEOPLE! Get hold of your selves! Have a little compassion. We disagree, fine. Don’t be like the nutty left…

misterspork on January 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM

I’d warn ya not to go near Ace’s site…but I see you’ve already been there.

Rogue on January 20, 2009 at 3:27 PM

O/T…anyone listning to Hannity.
All I hear is dead air.
HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:16 PM

What a coincidence, many people heard the same thing during Obarfy’s speech today.

Bishop on January 20, 2009 at 3:27 PM

I’m a christian?????? hmmm when did that happen. Must have missed the HA meeting where we all became Christians.

MDWNJ on January 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

It’s been like that since 1997. You just noticed?

YYZ on January 20, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Hardy har har.

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Oh, geez.

If Kennedy dies, Caroline is a shoe-in for the Senate seat that she doesn’t deserve. The Democrats are determine to make sure there is a Kennedy in the White House.

And Obama might be getting rid of all the old white men in the Senate. Is this way of “cleaning house”?

stefystef on January 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

MDWNJ on January 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

I think Allah held it last week? Didn’t you get the memo?

darii on January 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

I mean, a Kennedy in the Senate, but the White House ain’t that far away.

stefystef on January 20, 2009 at 3:29 PM

What a coincidence, many people heard the same thing during Obarfy’s speech today.

Bishop on January 20, 2009 at 3:27 PM

I, for one, felt the need to stick an ice pick in my head…that outfit Michelle was wearing…
She looked like a Christmas gift.

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I for one, welcome Senators Jay-Z and Beyonce.

Bob Owens on January 20, 2009 at 3:26 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQXBc5gVeGM

gumble on January 20, 2009 at 3:30 PM

I think Allah held it last week? Didn’t you get the memo?

darii on January 20, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Memo???? What memo?? I must have been binge drinking again.

MDWNJ on January 20, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Update: CBS confirms that it was a seizure and said Byrd was taken out because of his emotion over Kennedy.

Is that true about Byrd?

Well, I wish them both well. Hope it’s nothing too serious.

JetBoy on January 20, 2009 at 3:30 PM

I, for one, felt the need to stick an ice pick in my head…that outfit Michelle was wearing…
She looked like a Christmas Kwanzaa gift.

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:29 PM

redrock on January 20, 2009 at 3:31 PM

I’m Switzerland on this one. Harsh? Oh well…

beththebaker on January 20, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Fair enough Son of Sam, but you gotta admit, there’s some pretty classless stuff here. Not surprisingly, some of which comes from our resident bad ass chick, Hornet.

dakine on January 20, 2009 at 3:31 PM

if either or both of them died, progressives could hardly be expected to treat the loss with dignity or class.

eh on January 20, 2009 at 3:31 PM

She looked like a Christmas gift.

HornetSting on January 20, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Grandma’s sofa.

beththebaker on January 20, 2009 at 3:32 PM

eh on January 20, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Well put.

darii on January 20, 2009 at 3:32 PM

I am not going to wish anything (ill-will nor luck) for these two men. They are despicable. I can not see either men and feel sorry for them. Each time I see them I think of their gruesome and loathsome actions each has taken out on innocent people.

jencab on January 20, 2009 at 3:32 PM

CBS confirms that it was a seizure and said Byrd was taken out because of his emotion over Kennedy.

Jeez, anyone check on Juan McCain I sure hope his emotions don’t make himj ill!

dhunter on January 20, 2009 at 3:33 PM

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