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Liberal wingnuts give for want to rush healthcare through voting on it before anyone can read it, maybe even before it’s written. There are many reasons for this and among them is the desire to honor the “Liberal Lion” Edward M Kennedy, who is fighing brain cancer.
Many questions remain unanswered about this incident but a few things we know. On the night of 18 July 1969, “Teddy,” in a fit of reckless driving, went of a bridge over Poucha Pond. The car flipped and settled upside down in the channel. Kennedy escaped and left Kopechne to die.
That as a thumbnail sketch of what is known to the world. The rest is known only to Kennedy, who with the narcissistic self-centeredness that has been his hallmark through the years denies doing anything criminally wrong. The event that became known as the Chappaquiddick Incident
, has been the gist of late night discussions since.
It’s fairly obvious that, at a minimum, Kennedy ran away and tried to duck responsibility for her death. He has been accused of out right murder (blood was found on her dress, which would be inconsistent with drowning as a cause of death) and it’s not difficult to make a case that there was a conspiracy to cover up Kopechne ‘s death. (Why no autopsy? Would it have shown that Kopechne was pregnant with Kennedy’s child?)
A week later, Kennedy pleaded guilty to the comparatively minor charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury. Astonishingly, the local Massachusetts judge, a man named James Boyle, gave Kennedy only the statutory minimum punishment — two months of jail time — which he immediately suspended. In explaining his leniency, Judge Boyle pointed to what he described as Kennedy’s “unblemished record.”
Of course, some will complain that Kennedy’s life was ruined (and Mary Jo’s wasn’t???) or that Kennedy lost his chance to become President (Thank God!) He got a pass that no one who was not named Kennedy would get. Hey walked away from at best, manslaughter, at worse murder 1.
What gets me is the “radio-silence” of the media. Why didn’t this become a news item on the 40th anniversary of the event? I guess it doesn’t fit the narrative, it might hurt the chance of passing Kennedy’s monument legislation of health care. To me, it’s one more example of media double standard.
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