Ted Kennedy lands $8 million to fudge the death of Mary Jo Kopechne Update: A sneak peak at the dust jacket?

And I’m sure we’ll hear persuasive thoughts on why he opposes that offshore windmill farm, too. Besides the obvious “not in my backyard” argument, that is. And I’m sure he’ll omit coverage of his work on behalf of the USSR during the Cold War.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the most prominent surviving member of the Kennedy family, has agreed to sell his memoirs for an advance of more than $8 million, people with knowledge of the negotiations say.

“…the most prominent surviving member of the Kennedy family…” That says it all about that family, doesn’t it.

After a six-day auction that concluded Nov. 19, Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing, bought world rights for the autobiography. Before the deal can be completed, Mr. Kennedy must clear his publishing contract with the Senate Ethics Committee.

Jonathan Karp, publisher and editor in chief of Twelve, said he hoped to publish the book in the fall of 2010. Mr. Kennedy is “walking, talking history,” Mr. Karp said, “and there’s no limit to what he can talk about with authority and distinctive personal perspective.”

I’m sure there will be no limit to the leftist demagoguery, anti-Americanism and self-promotion, but I wouldn’t call that “walking, talking history.” Walking, talking BS, maybe.

For the past three years, he has been working with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia on an oral history of his life, and those tapes will serve as source material for his autobiography.

Mr. Kennedy, who will work with a co-writer, is expected to write candidly about his personal history, including the 1969 Chappaquiddick accident in which he drove a car off a bridge on Martha’s Vineyard, resulting in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, a former member of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s staff. He will also write about his unsuccessful bid for the presidency.

Walking, talking and swimming BS. I’ll pass on the book. I would like to hear those “oral history” tapes, though.

Update: Texas Rainmaker has a cover for Teddy’s tome.