Friday, August 28, 2009

Sen. Kennedy liked jokes about Chappaquiddick

I would find it hard to believe (well, not really) if Kennedy's close friend and former editor of Newsweek, Ed Klein hadn't said it:

I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?” That is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.

Hear the audio here.

Ugh. It just makes me sick.

Mark Hemingway feels the same:

EXCUSE ME? If that’s true it makes Kennedy kind of a monster. The odd thing is that if you listen to the whole show, the tone of everyone involved is nauseatingly haigographic and reverential. Klein apparently let his guard down a bit; after he lets it slip Kennedy liked to joke about the woman he killed you can actually hear in his voice that he’s trying to backpedal. The show actually cuts to a break as he’s trying to explain himself, and I seriously wonder if it wasn’t the producers trying to do Klein a favor. But I’m sorry, there appears to be little to that could explain this. It goes way beyond “you had to be there.”

via HotAir

Many say the dead deserve respect, but if he showed no respect for the death of Mary Jo, then why should anyone respect his death?

Update: The more I see the slobbering over Kennedy on the MSM, the more I am convinced that people who don't remember need to know the truth about Kennedy. We should not honor the dishonorable. Because if you think he "changed" after Mary Jo was killed, then you would be wrong. Read this insightful look at Sen. Kennedy written in GQ magazine in 1990 by Michael Kelly. This is no rightwinger writing this. This is a journalist who did three months of research on Kennedy.