CPR suspends TV campaign “out of respect” for Kennedy?

posted at 11:36 am on August 26, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

I got this via e-mail earlier this morning:

CPR Suspends Ad Campaign On News Of Senator Kennedy’s Passing, Statement from Rick Scott:

“With the sad news of Senator Kennedy’s passing Conservatives for Patients Rights is immediately suspending our ad campaign for health care reform out of respect to the Kennedy family as well as the Senator’s colleagues and supporters, to whom we extend our condolences. We know the debate will continue – a debate Senator Kennedy embraced with vigor – and we look forward to engaging in the debate in the months ahead. But now is a time for respect, reflection and remembrance. Senator Kennedy’s lifetime of dedicated public service transcended multiple generations. His devotion to many issues and his relentless passion made him a hero to his supporters and worthy adversary to his opponents. His voice and presence will be missed.”

It’s gracious of CPR and Rick Scott to pay their respects to the Kennedys, but that’s another issue entirely.  While Ted Kennedy made health-care reform his signature issue, the debate doesn’t hinge on Kennedy’s presence or non-presence.  It’s not a personal issue at all; it’s a national debate, and it continues today and every day while the ObamaCare proposal remains on the table.  Unless CPR’s ads specifically mentioned Kennedy — and I’m not sure why they would have — there’s nothing at all disrespectful about running them today or any other day, in relation to Kennedy’s death.

Broadcast networks can and will endlessly chew over Kennedy’s life over the next few days, but that doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t stick to business.  Let’s not indulge in the same personality-driven actions of the television stations.  Our health-care debate didn’t depend on Kennedy before now, and the very same issues remain just as vital today as they were yesterday.

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Lastly, there is nothing wrong with being seen showing compassion and indeed explaining how it is that you are being compassionate in your conservative ideals and actions–the compassion part, though, not the being seen part, comes first. I think that you know that also.

ConScribe on August 26, 2009 at 3:13 PM

We are on the verge of violent agreement. ;o)

The thing is, mock quotes look JUST LIKE phony quotes and guilt quotes, and can easily be portrayed by our opponents in whatever light is most advantageous to them. So we need to express our viewpoints clearly and unambiguously. Putting “compassion” in quotes (apart from as here, where referring to the word itself as opposed to the attribute) — of whatever sort you want to call them — is not helpful at conveying our message.

On absolutely every other point, you and I are in rock solid agreement.

RegularJoe on August 26, 2009 at 3:55 PM

BTW, ConScribe — just another thought on this subject. There is a fairly thin line between “phony compassion” on the one hand and “good manners” on the other, especially when it comes to a guy like Ted Kennedy. Maybe it’s just because I’ve lived most of my life in the South, but I still believe good manners are important, even when they conceal my true feelings. Or especially then.

RegularJoe on August 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

I just realized with reading this story that we have in the last 24 hours lost the battle opposing nationalized health care.

CPR and their ilk, most often RINOs, will lose this war for us. The Dems will rename Obamacare Kennedycare. Criticizing it will now not only be racist but will be disrespecting the memory of the great Ted Kennedy. The retreat of CPR will give confirmation to the left that this strategy will work. There will be a full court press aided and abetted by the gov’t controlled main stream media and the GOP/beltway conservative leadership will either cave or capitulate.

The only chance we have left is that SCOTUS, in the eventual court challenge to the constitutionality of nationalized care, will use our constitution rather than foreign courts to reach their decision. I have little faith of that either and I hope and pray to be proved wrong on every point.

deepdiver on August 26, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Criticizing it will now not only be racist but will be disrespecting the memory of the great Ted Kennedy.

Ah, but don’t confuse the MEDIA‘s love affair with Kennedy with the PEOPLE having a love affair with him. Number two search term on google today: Chappaquiddick!

Renaming the bill “KennedyCare” could REMOVE the “racism” club, replacing it with a much smaller “disrespecting Turd Kennedy” club. It could be the best thing that could happen!

RegularJoe on August 26, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Wonder if they’ll give the folks who work in the welfare offices a week off to mourn?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 26, 2009 at 4:34 PM

RegularJoe on August 26, 2009 at 3:59 PM

True, dealing with certain people can make it herculian to walk the talk as they say.

RegularJoe on August 26, 2009 at 3:55 PM

The mischaracterizations are very unfortunate. Personally, I think that that painting-in-the-worst-possible-light is due to a dishonorable effort at smearing opponents to discredit and dismiss, but not address any concerns raised. It’s a shame really.

Hey, tone down your over-heated rhetoric that threatens violent… agreement?


ConScribe on August 26, 2009 at 4:54 PM

What I’m worried about is that “out of respect” for this drunken murderer’s death, Congress will pass the Health Care Bill.

MaiDee on August 26, 2009 at 6:16 PM

Ted Kennedy was an elitist, arrogant dirt bag all his life; How else could a real human being walk away from another in a time of distress?

Cybergeezer on August 26, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Kennedy may be dead but Universal Euthanasia’s other generals are not.

Keep firing!

– The Cat

MirCat on August 26, 2009 at 6:50 PM

P.S. ok, that may have not been the best choice of words.

I mean that as in keep up the fight.

MirCat on August 26, 2009 at 6:50 PM

Does this boob have an email address??

D2Boston on August 26, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Contact CPR:

My email to Rick Scott sent today:

Dear Mr. Scott: Shame on you for suspending your advertising campaign for Health Care Reform because Ted Kennedy has died! The debate for reform does not revolve around whether Kennedy is alive or dead…IT REVOLVES AROUND WHAT IS BEST FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! Do you honestly believe the President and those in Congress…who want to destroy the best health care system in the world…will suspend their advertising campaigns because of Kennedy’s death? You certainly can not be that naive! If anything, they will double down on their efforts and tie it all in to Kennedy. By the time you get back to your campaign, Obama and the liberal Democrats will have rammed their plan through Congress, and the American people will no longer have any say in the matter. Again, I repeat: SHAME ON YOU FOR SUSPENDING YOUR CAMPAIGN. AND SHAME ON YOU FOR ABDICATING YOUR RESPONSIBLITIES TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC!!

GrannyDee on August 26, 2009 at 7:17 PM

No doubt I’m the millionth person to ask this. Was Senator Kennedy given the tip top medical care or the kind he wanted to impose on us peasants? Wait. I think I know already

dhimwit on August 26, 2009 at 7:28 PM

I kinda think it’s not a bad business decision. Look – we’re gonna have wall-to-wall blanket wacko-jacko media coverage of the kennedy funeral till he’s in the ground, and the only ones who care enough to watch all that crap are too stupid to “get” anything presented in a CPR ad anyway. It’s a waste of advertising money – casting pearls before the swine.

The CPR statement was just a good PR message in a no-win situation for them.

Fishoutofwater on August 26, 2009 at 7:28 PM

From the AP, Kerry and his wife visited with the Kennedy family: Kerry says Kennedy is “lying at rest and it’s very spiritual, about as beautiful as it could be.” In his words, “I think it’s everything Sen. Kennedy would have wanted.”

Boo hoo.

GrannyDee on August 26, 2009 at 7:41 PM

The GOP handbook bylaw #97834: Whenever you are making some headway on an issue or campaign…immediately suspend it. Cause, uh, that works.

dcwvu on August 26, 2009 at 7:41 PM

No doubt I’m the millionth person to ask this. Was Senator Kennedy given the tip top medical care or the kind he wanted to impose on us peasants?

dhimwit on August 26, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Presumably, he refused to accept treatment at some point, as a show of good faith in both containing costs and allowing others to access the health care resources which he would otherwise be consuming.

malclave on August 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM

E gads! What if gets to lie in state in the Rotunda!

Oh my.

Next: the Teddy Kennedy Monument: ‘67 Olds unpside-down in the Reflecting Pool.

Akzed on August 26, 2009 at 11:51 AM

I don’t believe all of him would fit in the Rotunda.

Jerricho68 on August 26, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Ted Kennedy was in the Senate for close to 50 years – an insane amount of time for a “public servant” to inhabit that “august body”. The good people of MA should have kicked him out of there a long time ago. Now they will finally get their chance to elect someone else and somewhere there is a certain Mary Joe sitting up in Heaven on a little cloud looking way way way down to a very warm place where Teddy is now residing – for eternity. I’ll drink to that.

leapsandbounds on August 26, 2009 at 8:40 PM

I’m sorry – who the hell is this CPR group?

Jaibones on August 26, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Didn’t I just read about this kind of spineless crap over in the How Coleman rolled over and played dead for Franken thread?

We are fighting for the survival of MY CHILDREN’S country! For the love of all that is good, would George Washington have suspended attacks because some British General died? I just don’t understand these “See how nice we are; please like us; we really aren’t big meanies like the lefties say we are” ‘conservatives’.

Come on guys; Sarah, Rush, and Glenn can’t carry all the water!

pannw on August 26, 2009 at 9:36 PM

The Dr. Kovorkian health care bill is what it is. It is not about your health it is about your money. I think the health bill should carry the label “Dr. Kovorkians health bill”if you have leaning towards the kennedys please call it the Mary jo health bill.

mixplix on August 26, 2009 at 10:07 PM

Hey, did this Rick Scott work for McCain? He suspended his campaign too!
Watch for CPR to do a flip flop like McCain and come out in support of the Kennedycare now that the name only has changed!

Kind of Cardio Pulminary Resuscitation for healthcare by
Conservatives for Patients Rights..

Good thing we’ve got the $^%$#@& ^%$*&^ twinks on our side.
I’d hate to see anyone get their back up and Fight, Fight, Fight, it might be thought dishonorable, after all it is only the future of our capitalistic system and the country as we know it at stake! &^%$! $%##^&%^!

dhunter on August 26, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Clearly God doesn’t want the GOP to win everything. Michael Steele better work a little harder on his hip hop strategy.

simplesimon on August 26, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Oh for chrissakes.

rrpjr on August 26, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Crap like this is why I’m not a registered Libertarian. Screw the GOP and all the conservative-lites.

I honestly have to question these peoples intelligence. How do you throw in the towel when you’re 3 feet from the finishing line? For the love of God people, get it together. Pathetic.

Eisenhorn on August 26, 2009 at 11:13 PM

Not = Now*

Eisenhorn on August 26, 2009 at 11:14 PM

Cross posted, sorry:
I am actually considering naming my next dog “Teddy”. When HE gets out of line I can kick him in the nads and feel better about myself, but far worse for “Teddy”, God rest his cod sack.

OkieDoc on August 26, 2009 at 11:14 PM

OkieDoc on August 26, 2009 at 11:18 PM

I don’t plan on getting maudlin about Kennedy. Not after two young women died and he was present at both. I am pretty damned sure he didn’t have some sort of epiphany.

elclynn on August 26, 2009 at 11:35 PM

…..and the Left will use his death to try and guilt everyone into buying into that Obamacare bill. Don’t get squishy now.

elclynn on August 26, 2009 at 11:38 PM

When I heard the good news:
I went out on the tidal creek, and prayed that Mary Jo had the ‘rat cornered at the Pearly Gates, and re-routed to the River Styx with nary a coin for the boatman!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on August 27, 2009 at 1:42 AM


Saltysam on August 27, 2009 at 2:52 AM

Out of respect for CPR , having respect I an going to suspend all politcal donations until I find a candidate who mis neither a commie , fascist , nor moderate linguini spine .Both parties make me puke

borntoraisehogs on August 27, 2009 at 3:34 AM

Perhaps we should paper bumpers with

Mary Jo Kopechne Memorial Abortion Clinic
protecting powerful men from
embarrassing babies since 1969

Slowburn on August 27, 2009 at 4:07 AM

Clearly God doesn’t want the GOP to win everything. Michael Steele better work a little harder on his hip hop strategy.

simplesimon on August 26, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Clearly, you are the worst Troll evah.

hawkdriver on August 27, 2009 at 4:37 AM

Another typical butt hole move by the useful idiots. Hey useful idiots do you remember when McCain ‘suspended his campaign to go back to Washington to deal with the monetary crisis? and it got us this traitor president.

Wake up American! Get your head out of your ass and take the fight to the enemy, aka:liberals and their ilk.

jarhead0311 on August 27, 2009 at 8:14 AM


jarhead0311 on August 27, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Conservatives for Patients Rights is immediately suspending our ad campaign for health care reform out of respect to

“Conservatives for Patients Rights” following McCain’s loser campaign tactic immediately suspending existence, NOT out of respect for their constituents. Mixed messages don’t cut through an issue to establish a purpose and platform. One can issue “deepest condolences” and reaffirm one’s purpose, reiterating the significance of YOUR OWN platform in respect for human life, an ideal that you can acquiesce that Kennedy would have wanted to share in common with you.

This pathetic conversion for a time to liberally applied Marxism speaks volumes regarding the so called “Conservative”. Waiting a period of months, “in the months ahead”, is even worse than McCain’s foolish furlough. This organization has responded stupidly to Kennedy’s passing.

WHERE’S THE EMPATHY AND COMPASSION FOR PATIENTS’ RIGHTS? Good to know where you stand before wasting effort to support opportunistic frauds.

maverick muse on August 27, 2009 at 8:50 AM

If the GOP is in trouble, it’s at least partly because we go around beating the bug juice out of each other over tactics, instead of rallying around common goals. Some of you would gladly bash my head in with a 2×4 because I see some merit in CPR’s stategy. Whatever you think of this decision, they are ON OUR SIDE. They are not the enemy; Obamacare is the enemy. That’s not to say we can’t discuss whether it’s a good idea; but instead of going all “mad as hell and ain’t gonna take it anymore”, let’s calm down and discuss things rationally.

Does no one remember the 11th commandment anymore?

“It’s liberty, stupid.”

RegularJoe on August 27, 2009 at 9:59 AM


Don’t they realize the people they’re lowering their guns in front of will fire on them without hesitation? A liberal organization would NOT have done this if even Reagan himself died.

I can’t believe this!

Ryan Gandy on August 27, 2009 at 7:16 PM

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