Wow: Ted Kennedy’s cancer in remission; Update: False?

posted at 4:30 pm on May 19, 2009 by Allahpundit

Remarkable given that tumors of this sort are usually terminal and that, per some early prognoses, he had only two or three years left. Remember, too, he had a seizure on Inauguration Day. And now he’s coming back to lead the health-care push?

The next generation of Kennedys are pretty much all idiots and of course Caroline’s Senate bid flamed out spectacularly, so I guess he figured the only way to keep the dynasty going at this point was to beat cancer.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he spoke with Kennedy’s wife, Vicki, in the past few days and was told the 77-year-old lawmaker is “doing fine.”

Reid said Kennedy’s cancer is in remission and added that while the lawmaker is going through another regiment of treatment, the procedure “is not unusual.”

“This is something we expected,” he said…

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), one of Kennedy’s closest friends in the Senate, also said that Kennedy would return to wield the gavel on healthcare reform during the first week in June.

I haven’t seen anything about his current prognosis so it’s unclear whether doctors think he’s beaten it or whether it’s just sufficiently at bay for the moment to let him return to work. I’ll update if I stumble across any information about that.

Update: Contain your surprise upon learning that Harry Reid was talking out of his ass. I should have known better; passing along a statement from Reid without checking it is like passing along stuff from Wikipedia. Mea culpa.

The Nevada Democrat reported that one of them, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., was absent because he was receiving a new round of treatment for his brain cancer. Asked if the cancer was in remission, Reid replied, “As far as I know, it is, yes.”

Kennedy’s office refused to confirm Reid’s comments or make any statement in response, the public silence a classic Washington disavowal…

Even the post-gaffe handling of Reid’s remarks was awkward. Spokesman Jim Manley, who previously worked for Kennedy for years, swept through the press gallery to clean up after his boss. He retracted Reid’s assessment of Kennedy’s condition. He clarified Reid’s comments about the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Manley’s job was no fun at that moment, a reporter observed.

“Not so much,” he said.


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There are some real assholes in this thread. A lot of you are undoubtedly destined for hell.

DaveS on May 19, 2009 at 11:43 PM

This is no trial and you are no judge.

Tav on May 20, 2009 at 1:46 AM

There is a tremendous amount of irony in Ted Kennedy’s actions to fight for socialised medicine after receiving treatment at the best cancer facility in the nation, if not the world. Just as public transportation gives us buses and subways, not BMWs, publicly funded medicine won’t give Dana-Farber quality care to every cancer patient. If we are all forced onto that plan, no one will get that quality of care.

“[The NHS] has to be fair to all patients, “not just the patients with macular degeneration or breast cancer or renal cancer. If we spend a lot of money on a few patients, we have less money to spend on everyone else.”

Put another way: “Your life is not part of the ‘greater good.’ Time to die.”

Roxeanne de Luca on May 20, 2009 at 2:48 AM

Reid seems to have been riddled with misstatements today. I wonder if there is something up and he was preoccupied by something. Seems like lots of uncharacteristic mistakes is all.

petunia on May 20, 2009 at 3:31 AM

So if his cancer is in remission, why is he going through another round of chemo? They really do think we are idiots.

bloggless on May 20, 2009 at 12:09 AM

That makes us even.

petunia on May 20, 2009 at 3:32 AM

Hmmm, well I wish him the same consideration he gave Mary Jo Kopechne, God rest her soul.

karenhasfreedom on May 20, 2009 at 4:01 AM

HOW DOES HARRY REID KEEP HIS JOB. HE IS A COMPLETE IDIOT!!! The people of Nevada must be spending too much time in the casinos and bars! It’s obviouis they don’t have a clue about their elected officials!

afotia on May 20, 2009 at 7:38 AM

‘Robust’ Ted Kennedy returning to Senate duties

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is still undergoing alternative cancer treatments but is “robust” and preparing to go back to work on a regular basis after the Memorial Day holiday, relatives and friends said yesterday.

TheBigOldDog on May 20, 2009 at 7:39 AM

Jim Manley

He retracted Reid’s assessment of Kennedy’s condition. He clarified Reid’s comments about the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus.
False in one thing, false in all.

maverick muse on May 20, 2009 at 8:18 AM

afotia on May 20, 2009 at 7:38 AM

Reading links from Drudge, note well the general POWER BROKER discontent with Reid AND Obama in Nevada.

Reid’s re-election will be paid for by Soros, not Nevadans.

maverick muse on May 20, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Note also the public accusations in Iran, and the parallel in Nevada.

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI
Associated Press Writer (Breitbart Column)
Ahmadinejad accused of trying to buy votes in Iran
Tehran: Opponents of Iran’s hard-line president have accused him of trying to buy votes before the June presidential election by handing out checks and free vegetables to the poor.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government has defended the payments, saying the checks for 500,000 and 1 million rials—about $50 and $100—have nothing to do with the election.

maverick muse on May 20, 2009 at 8:22 AM

the people i’ve seen suffer thru chemo were mentally debilitated. their mind just wasn’t sharp during & for sometime after the chemo.

if kennedy really does come back to the Senate, i would think he’d have a tough time making off the cuff statements or answering questions at press conferences.

kelley in virginia on May 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM

the people i’ve seen suffer thru chemo were mentally debilitated. their mind just wasn’t sharp during & for sometime after the chemo.

if kennedy really does come back to the Senate, i would think he’d have a tough time making off the cuff statements or answering questions at press conferences.

kelley in virginia on May 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM

So do you think that means Reid has been having chemo too?

MikeA on May 20, 2009 at 8:35 AM

mikeA: naw, reid was born that way.

kelley in virginia on May 20, 2009 at 8:46 AM

imagine that, a liberal lying, what is the world coming to?

elduende on May 20, 2009 at 9:05 AM

My mother always said that “if you have nothing good to say about someone, say nothing.”
Nothing

Bevan on May 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM

The good news: the Senator-for-life gang is hurting Democrats because several of them are having problems showing up for work. Both Kennedy and Robert Byrd are out because of their medical problems.

Does the Senate allow proxy votes for members who are absent due to illness? Or are the Dems just out those votes?

hawksruleva on May 20, 2009 at 9:31 AM

I wish him the same exact things that the Libs wished on Tony snow, et al. In the words of that great, inspirational, theologian, Rev Wright: Libs, your chickens have come home to roost!

Dingbat63 on May 20, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Bevan on May 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Your mother was right.

But libs feel they have the right to say anything about anyone they choose. Unfortunately, their true goal is dominating the conversation and putting them at the center of attention.

MSGTAS on May 20, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Ahhh Allah, Hot Air became the Cos for Cons a long time ago. Gone are the days of intelligent dialogue which included opposing views. Here are the days of a daily barrage of who can out snark who, insults, and the name calling of anyone who deems to disagree with the ‘talking heads’ and their sheep…
(Patiently awaiting a return to the old Hot Air)

pcbedamned on May 20, 2009 at 11:34 AM

DaveS on May 19, 2009 at 11:43 PM

Allah set the perimeters, so who are you Jiminey Cricket?

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Kennedy has blood on his hands (in the tens of millions) in SE Asia, in the Middle East, in the inner-cities of the USA and in Planned Parenthood clinics across the nation… I hope he has a conviction of conscience before he becomes dust… but if not, I won’t grieve his loss.

mankai on May 20, 2009 at 1:11 PM

I wish him the same exact things that the Libs wished on Tony snow, et al. In the words of that great, inspirational, theologian, Rev Wright: Libs, your chickens have come home to roost!

Dingbat63 on May 20, 2009 at 9:35 AM

What does Ted Kennedy have to do with Tony Snow or Rev Wright?

You people are morons.

DaveS on May 20, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Congress doesn’t have much time to issue a formal apology to the Kopechne family for failing to see justice done to their daughter’s killer.

If Congress can issue an apology for everything else that has ever gone wrong in this nation, why not that?

jeffn21 on May 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

DaveS on May 20, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Do you realize that at the Oscars last year when the did the memorial section they had to leave out Tony Snow, the former press secretary to the POTUS, because they couldn’t count on the folks in Hollywood not to boo. I think the people who have posted here have been pretty mild.

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Cowards. They didn’t HAVE to leave out Snow. They chose to. Even had Hollywood asshats booed, it wouldn’t have hurt Snow, but the Academy. Cowards.

maverick muse on May 20, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Jonathan Martin, Politico, always had to jump in first with whatever he had predetermined to be inevitable. His headline to be: Dingy lied. TK died.

maverick muse on May 20, 2009 at 3:40 PM

maverick muse on May 20, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Yes, you are more accurate in your wording. DaveS is just a bit clueless about the Left and I don’t think the remarks on this site were bad. There’s always a few but Allah said what he wouldn’t put up with at the beginning.

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 3:51 PM

What’s amazing to me aren’t the folks who can’t resist expressing ill-will to Sen. Kennedy at a time like this (instead of just holding their tongues out of some sort of respect for his family) — he’s a politician, after all. The shocking thing to me is how many jerks there are at Fox Sports who are posting nasty and unfeeling comments about Phil Mickelson because he has withdrawn from the PGA Tour to be with his wife, Amy, who was just diagnosed with breast cancer.
Now that’s low.

Y-not on May 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM

the people i’ve seen suffer thru chemo were mentally debilitated. their mind just wasn’t sharp during & for sometime after the chemo.

if kennedy really does come back to the Senate, i would think he’d have a tough time making off the cuff statements or answering questions at press conferences.

kelley in virginia on May 20, 2009 at 8:31 AM

If Kennedy returns to work on socalized health care it probably will be in name only. Harry’s lying more or less says that. His name, sympathy towards him, and his legacy, along favors owed to him, will smooth the way for free socailized medical care for the lower classes and rationed medical care for the rest.

Franklyn on May 20, 2009 at 4:28 PM

What does Ted Kennedy have to do with Tony Snow or Rev Wright?

You people are morons.

DaveS on May 20, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Oh, I hope Ted lives to be 120. Not just out of basic human decency, but because of the sob stories the Dems will be gushing if he were to die anytime soon, just to get their ObamaCare monstrosity through. You can’t tell me that’s not the plan.

ddrintn on May 20, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Bevan on May 20, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Your mother was right.

But libs feel they have the right to say anything about anyone they choose. Unfortunately, their true goal is dominating the conversation and putting them at the center of attention……

MSGTAS on May 20, 2009 at 9:36 AM

….much like spoiled brats clamoring for attention while their warm & fuzzy Libtard parents ignore them while taking one more bong hit.

CatchAll on May 20, 2009 at 5:27 PM

So if his cancer is in remission, why is he going through another round of chemo? They really do think we are idiots.

Remission is not an appropriate term to use here. But if the cancer were not detectable, they’d still be giving him all the chemo he could handle for as long as he could handle it in the hopes of killing off what might still be lurking. It doesn’t have to be visible on a scan to still be present and when it decides to start growing again, it’s like a freight train.

As for who’s an idiot, clearly it’s Harry Reid.

Pablo on May 20, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Hmmm, well I wish him the same consideration he gave Mary Jo Kopechne, God rest her soul.

karenhasfreedom on May 20, 2009 at 4:01 AM

Ditto.
Hate to wish ill on anyone, but after what he did to that poor girl and her family. F**k HIM!

faol on May 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Do you realize that at the Oscars last year when the did the memorial section they had to leave out Tony Snow, the former press secretary to the POTUS, because they couldn’t count on the folks in Hollywood not to boo. I think the people who have posted here have been pretty mild.

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Again, dimwit, what does Ted Kennedy have to do with Tony Snow or Rev Wright?

DaveS on May 20, 2009 at 7:48 PM

BTW, LOL at the remarkably stupid assertion that the people here “have been pretty mild” for acting much, much worse than the people would hypothetically, possibly have acted in the Hollywood example you gave to fallaciously justify acting like a heathen.

DaveS on May 20, 2009 at 7:51 PM

What does Ted Kennedy have to do with Tony Snow or Rev Wright?

You people are morons.

DaveS on May 20, 2009 at 1:24 PM

Hope Teddy hangs around a while. So I can tinue with my standard Kennedy post. So all the Kennedy butt boys will never forget. Moron

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment

Wade on May 20, 2009 at 7:56 PM

DaveS on May 20, 2009 at 7:48 PM

You know you are wrong when the best you can do is call someone by derogatory names. I don’t have any idea what the correlation is between Sen. Kennedy and Rev. Wright, but the similarities between he and Tony Snow was the sad fact that they both have/had cancer. My point was that on this site the good wishes for Sen. Kennedy far out way the number of those who could not bring themselves to make positive statements. Compared to Left leaning blogs this site is practically an homage. That said who named you the conscience of the world?

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Ted’s Car

Wade on May 20, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Wade on May 20, 2009 at 8:01 PM

DaveS is over trying to assign posters to DU over this thread. Righteous indignation.

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Ted Kennedy is a cancer and it’s quite believable he can beat it.

If only the good die young, Ted Kennedy should live to 1000.

NoDonkey on May 20, 2009 at 9:30 PM

My prayers for Ted and his family…his cancer is terminal and he will meet his judge soon enough its not my job. Lord knows I have my own issues to hash out with God. But Harry Reid was wrong to announce this so called remission. It’s not his place. What a dolt.

JohnD9207 on May 20, 2009 at 10:17 PM

My point was that on this site the good wishes for Sen. Kennedy far out way the number of those who could not bring themselves to make positive statements. Compared to Left leaning blogs this site is practically an homage.

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Well, left-leaning blogs is, indeed, the standard that people here are apparently holding themselves to. You’re worthless as a human being.

DaveS on May 20, 2009 at 10:22 PM

DaveS:

I’m still waiting for that reply..

Turtler on May 20, 2009 at 10:40 PM

FALSE?
And I repeat ….

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said …”

Since when has anything from Harry Reid’s mouth been accurate!?

kregg on May 19, 2009 at 5:58 PM

kregg on May 20, 2009 at 11:15 PM

DaveS is over trying to assign posters to DU over this thread. Righteous indignation.

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2009 at 8:05 PM

DaveS is good for HotAir. Ads are based on number of hits, when some extreme leftist, like DaveS, spews their crapola on HotAir, hits go up, more money comes in and the site is strengthened. So DaveS…thanks!

Wade on May 21, 2009 at 9:52 AM

His past aside, I wouldn’t wish brain cancer on anybody, and I mean ANYBODY. So, I think if he’s well enough to continue serving, he’s eligible for any rational, thoughful criticism he may receive. If he’s too sick to be there, he should gracefully resign and let someone in who is up to the task.

Mr. Grump on May 21, 2009 at 10:49 AM

This man, IMO, has done more to destroy this great country than anyone else I can think of:

In 1965, during the Senate floor debate over the Immigration Act, Ted Kennedy stated that:

“First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually…Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.”

http://usadeathwatch.blogspot.com/2008/12/npr-asks-ted-kennedy-why-he-was-so.html

This unapologetic politician, proven to be above the law that we much less powerful have to answer to, IMO shares in the moral responsibility for the huge number immigrant violent crimes over the decades since ’65. I can’t say what I think of him in public.

Chessplayer on May 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

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