WaPo Pulitzer winner: I’ll miss Ted Kennedy’s … “moral clarity”

posted at 4:40 pm on August 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

I don’t begrudge the left wanting to honor one of its political heroes in death, even if he was evidently a borderline sociopath, but let’s please temper the rhetoric to at least glancingly acknowledge the fact that he famously left a woman to drown and then “forgot” to tell anyone afterwards. Appropriate: Ted Kennedy was a highly accomplished senator. Not appropriate: Ted Kennedy was all about “sacrificing self-interest.”

Princes often have lives that are difficult, even within a context of wealth and privilege. They have to find ways to keep from being eaten alive by ambition that can never be requited. Some become sage counselors in the affairs of state; some become wastrels who lose themselves in women and booze; some fade away and become hobbyists who go off and pilot sailboats or collect butterflies or something. [And some commit criminally negligent homicide. — ed.] It’s fair to say that at various points in his life, Ted Kennedy tried all of these identities…

But we sorely miss Kennedy’s moral clarity. He believed our nation has the responsibility to ensure that every American has the right to affordable health care. Perhaps his life as an eternal prince taught him that happiness and salvation lie in sacrificing self-interest for the greater good.

This makes two insultingly tone-deaf pieces in the Post in as many days; yesterday it was E.J. Dionne singing hosannas to Teddy’s “empathy.” Serious question: Did they honestly forget Chappaquiddick when writing this crap? I don’t want to give them the benefit of the doubt, but waxing lyrical about Kennedy’s great human compassion is so glaringly offensive in light of his personal life that it makes the op-eds impossible to take seriously. Hard to believe Dionne and Robinson would consciously sabotage themselves that way. Maybe they really did forget; maybe decades of “Camelot” garbage and cocooning in lefty circles has finally washed Kopechne’s memory entirely away. It’s a fascinating, and depressing, psychological blind spot.

In other Kennedy hagiography news, you’ll be pleased to know that apart from committing the occasional sexual assault, he took his Catholic faith very seriously. Exit quotation from Andy Levy, summing up Teddy’s career: “Proof that if you believe the ‘right’ things you’re excused from doing the right things.”

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Kennedy is a mollusk digging a burrow in the tideland of short-term, selective liberal memory.

whitetop on August 28, 2009 at 6:42 PM

A drunken bum who played hide the salami with about as many women as Wilt Chamberlain is an “eternal prince”?

I guess that makes me Charlton Heston!!

GoldenEagle4444 on August 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Nice to meet you. I’m Grace Kelly.

Lightswitch on August 28, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Any reference to T. Kennedy’s “moral clarity” was submitted as a joke, right?

alwyr on August 28, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Good lord. Surely this is a joke?

therightwinger on August 28, 2009 at 6:48 PM

Oh I’ll miss his “moral clarity” too. If he did something, I’ll do the exact opposite.

It’s the same thing, right?

mjk on August 28, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Ted Kennedy, the (cowardly) Lion of the Senate Chappaquiddick

SouperConservative on August 28, 2009 at 6:54 PM

This Liberal fawning over Ted Kennedy is becoming ridiculous.They just can’t face the fact that their Icon was,at best,mediocre.They are trying to “Lionize” an hyena.
Ted was never anything other than a scavanger,living on the legacy and reputations of his two dead brothers.
The Lefists are procaiming his “greatness”,when in reality,he never accomplished anything of any value to anyone,except himself.
Pass Obama care in Teddy’s name?For thirty years,he wasn’t able to pass Socialized medicine.That is called—FAILURE.
Not only do I not agree with his position on many issues,he was incompetent as a legislator.This is the LION OF LIBERALISM?What planet do the Libs live on?
In America,we celebrate and honor SUCCESS,not FAILURE,or at least that is the way it was in the America I was raised in.
As far as I am concerned,Ted Kennedy was nothing but a FAILURE.
If he had succeeded at his life-time goal,I would say that he is traitor to the American ideal,but he didn’t even acheive enough for me to say that.He was nothing but a pathetic loser,who had no skills,other than to trade on the ability(or lack thereof)of others.

DDT on August 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Whenever somebody says, “for the greater good”, it isn’t. ‘For the greater good’ is the catch-phrase for when the utterer of same intends you to sacrifice either a right or some cash while he and his BFF’s go on with their lives either unchanged or improved.

bayouboy on August 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM

I just had a scary thought. Wouldn’t it be shocking and terrible if late one night when nobody was looking somebody dug Teddy out of Arlington and buried him at sea off the Chappaquiddick Bridge? Downright awful, I say.

bayouboy on August 28, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Brilliant eulogy some dumba** is giving on TV right now.
Began with,”I knew Ted Kennedy,before I ever met him”.Has to be a Democrap

DDT on August 28, 2009 at 7:56 PM

The a**wipe just said(in reference to Ted)”Of course he was a Ham.”I think he meant PIG,but I’m not sure.

DDT on August 28, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Then again,Liberals think ham grows on trees.

DDT on August 28, 2009 at 8:00 PM

All this talk by the statists about how “compassionate” and “charitable” Teddy was.

Hint for you libtards: It’s neither compassionate nor charitable when you are giving other peoples’ money away. Especially when you are sheltering your own money in offshore tax havens to avoid having to make those contributions with the rest of the “little people”.

It’s real easy to be generous when the money you are dispensing is not your own.

AZfederalist on August 28, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Building a sentence, containing “Moral Clarity” and “Ted Kennedy” is like building a time-bomb with a one-second fuse.

franksalterego on August 28, 2009 at 8:27 PM

does anyone have the police report and coroner’s report from the accident?

looks as though the window was down and I wonder if she was buckled… or if the car even had seat belts.

Kaptain Amerika on August 28, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Now,John Kerrey is eulogizing Teddy.I’d realy love to listen to it,but it is more important to google real estate values in Khazikistan.

DDT on August 28, 2009 at 8:29 PM

He’s burning in hell today

bluegrass on August 28, 2009 at 9:22 PM

A brief musical interlude (sung to the tune of “Pore Jud is Daid”)
Poor Ted is dead, a cancer ate his head
He’s lyin’ in a coffin made of gold
Some folks are not so sad
‘cuz he taxed all that they had
And demand for whiskey is suddenly on hold.

Poor Ted is dead, a cancer ate his head
He’s finally put a stop to all the vice
He put a girl to sleep
Swam away without a peep
But all the Massholes still think he was nice.

bayouboy on August 28, 2009 at 9:34 PM

When I read the article in WaPo earlier today, I sent in this letter:

Mr. Robinson,

In your column, “The Prince’s Fate,” you say “He promised to keep hope alive.” Oh please, he didn’t do anything to keep Mary Jo Kopechne alive when he had the chance. He drove a car off a bridge into 7 feet of water, then he got out and left the scene, passing several nearby houses without raising an alarm, so that Ms. Kopechne, who lived for about two hours struggling to breathe in the car, died of asphyxiation. He ran away and then he lied and dissembled about the events. Then he got his family to lean on the authorities to seal the inquest findings and make it go away.

He was criminally responsible for her death and didn’t pay for it for three reasons: Rich. White. Man.

You end with this comment: “But we sorely miss Kennedy’s moral clarity.”

How can you write an article about Kennedy that never once mentions Chappaquiddick and then end with an encomium to his “moral clarity”? What moral clarity? We learned today from Joe Klein that he even *liked* to hear the latest Chappaquiddick joke. He was a grotesque figure, a man of large public appetites and small public character.

CO2MAKER on August 28, 2009 at 10:37 PM

I am an optimist. I think my new line of Cardinal Teddy life preservers will help me raise money to fight Teddy care.

seven on August 28, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Are they going to put that car in the Uncle Teddy Memorial Museum/Compound?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 28, 2009 at 11:11 PM

Yawn…. another worshiper gushing at the fictitious history of Ted Kennedy Prezidenski.

How droll. Where’s my Chivas?

ExpressoBold on August 28, 2009 at 11:16 PM

It’s real easy to be generous when the money you are dispensing is not your own.

AZfederalist on August 28, 2009 at 8:17 PM

That’s a wonderful backgrounder for the Obama campaign rhetoric that he used to share his toys with the other children in kindergarten. They were really the kindergarten’s toys, not his own, so he was essentially distributing “public” toys to kidergarten “citizens” under an Obama plan of redistribution.

Thank you, AZfederalist.

ExpressoBold on August 28, 2009 at 11:28 PM

His July 2nd missile to the Pope must have been a howler.

thegreatbeast on August 28, 2009 at 11:37 PM

There’s nothing like moral clarity I say. Cheating at Harvard. Manslaughter at Chappaquidick. A waitress sandwich in DC and drunken stupors all over the place.Kennedy was obviously a paragon that few of us can hope to emulate.

MaiDee on August 29, 2009 at 12:17 AM

A fitting end for Uncle Teddy would be the “pig farm” where he can specialize in forensic research.

lasertex on August 29, 2009 at 1:30 AM

The story of Mary Jo is extraordinarily fitting for the events of this day. The symbolism and timing of Ted Kennedy’s death and the juxtaposition of the Obamacare legislation is a story within a story.

Mary Jo was the original martyr upon the altar of liberalism. Sent to her untimely death at the bottom of a river, under a bridge, Ms. Kopechne was the shoulders Teddy stood on to reach the mouthful of life-preserving air that enabled him to launch a decades long Senate career. With that singular act, Mary Jo, through her selfless service, symbolically demonstrated the remarkable arrogance and complete disregard for life that encapsulates the vapid amorality of the liberal agenda. She, among other victims, are drowned and oppressed again and again, decade after decade, and career after career–as liberal politicians continually subjugate people for their own gain. Mary Jo’s fateful ride in the Oldsmobubble in Chappaquiddick, keenly symbolizes the repeated behavior of self-imposed subjugation that our societies “victims” continue to show–they keep hopping in the Olds, when they should know the outcome.

Today, Kennedy’s name is being invoked into the Obamacare issue. The Obamacare Oldsmobubble is pulling out of the driveway of the cottage in Chappaquiddick. Barack Obama is at the wheel. In the car with him are congressional Democrats–all of them yukking it up. Obama has ulterior motives for his passengers, just as Teddy did with Mary Jo. The Dems see Obama probably as Mary Jo saw Teddy that night–handsome, talented, bright, promising, dangerous, enticing.

The Oldsmobubble is nearing the bridge, its narrow, its dark, and eerie. The car hits the bridge, careens over the side and hits the water, floating for a quick second before nosediving for the bottom. Lives, both physical and political flash before Obama’s and his passengers eyes–the car rapidly fills with water. Every man for himself. Obama, like Teddy, luckily escapes, swims to the surface, climbs out and heads back to the cottage, nonchalantly as Mary Jo slowly is asphyxiated and drowned waiting for help that will not arrive.

Yes, history is beckoning us today. Mary Jo’s parents and family, had they had the opportunity, would have done everything in their power to pick up Mary Jo from that party in Chappaquiddick and prevent her from getting in that car that fateful night in July of 1969. Today, the parents are in the townhalls, townsquares and other places and openly pleading with their representatives to not get into the Obamacare Oldsmobubble. If they get in, close the door, and take the fateful ride–then the story of Mary Jo should ring in their ears as they see their own lives sacrificed upon the altar of liberalism.

If we are going to do anything for Teddy, then put every copy of HR3200 into the front seat of an Oldsmobile, and then push it off the bridge.

ted c on August 29, 2009 at 7:52 AM

FWIW, the comments on Robinson’s Post article are about 100-1 opposing…and there are lots and lots of comments.

Grace_is_sufficient on August 29, 2009 at 8:34 AM

If we are going to do anything for Teddy, then put every copy of HR3200 into the front seat of an Oldsmobile, and then push it off the bridge.

ted c on August 29, 2009 at 7:52 AM

nice symbolism!

Jeff from WI on August 29, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Ted touched so many people. He was a champion of women’s rights. All women love the Kennedys. We hear in one article that Mary Jo would be proud of Teds accomplishments. She wouldn’t of minded dying to keep an affair secret. We hear in this article of Teds outstanding moral compass. We hear how women prefer to become a “waitress sandwich”. Certainly nothing wrong with that if you’re a Kennedy.
You know, Ted championed a woman’s right to kill her own child, so a dead girlfriend or woman being sexually assaulted is a small price to pay from the female gender considering what this “Lion of the Senate” has done for them.

Jeff from WI on August 29, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Consider this my friends…First, TOTUS committed suicide and set off a spiral off free falling polls and bad news for Obama. He hasn’t had a good week since. Second, Michael Jackson died an untimely and horrific death at the hands of a black physician. Third, closing time has finally caught up with Teddy Kennedy.

Hence, you have a situation where TOTUS can’t tell Obama what to say about Obamacare, Michael Jackson can’t sing about it, and Teddy Kennedy can’t vote for it. Put simply, this would be 3 strikes and you’re out.

ted c on August 29, 2009 at 9:50 AM

On the 40th anniversary of MJK’s drowning, the local paper did an article about it and interviewed some of her relatives.
One of the relatives recalled that Ted Kennedy twice invited MJK’s parents to meet with him so he could explain what had happened that night. Twice they met with him, and twice he made lots of small talk without ever bringing up the subject. Chickensh!t “lion” couldn’t even face her parents. I’m glad they both died before we found out he loved his Chappaquiddick jokes.

SouperConservative on August 29, 2009 at 11:39 AM

01-Don Eddings – Chappaquiddick Bridge (2:47)

02-Voices Of Cape Cod – The Ballad Of Mary Jo (3:47)

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Ugly on August 29, 2009 at 12:59 PM

The soil of Arlington is way too pure for the stenched remains of a Ted Kennedy.

ricer1 on August 29, 2009 at 11:19 PM