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Remembering Ted Kennedy’s Douchbaggery From The Grave

Posted by TheJOTUS on July 18, 2010

Even though Ted Kennedy is now dead and gone, I think it is still important we remember what kind of person he was.  And I can think of no better example than the events that unfolded at Chappaquiddick.  Or, as some have called the most brilliant cover-up ever achieved in a nation where investigative procedures are well developed and where the principles of equal justice prevail.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

On July 18, 1969, Kennedy and five other men – all but one of whom was married – met six single young women who had worked on Robert Kennedy’s 1968 campaign. The women were known as the “Boiler Room Girls” for their tireless work in a windowless office in that ill-fated campaign. All of them, especially Teddy, had grieved hard when Bobby had been killed 15 months earlier. Although he was only 37 years of age, Teddy had lost all three of his brothers; two to assassin’s bullets, one in the skies over England in World War II. Mary Jo Kopechne had felt gut-shot by Bobby’s murder, too. For all of those people who met in the cottage in the island off Martha’s Vineyard, getting together must have been cathartic.

Sometime late at night after an evening of drinking, Kennedy and Kopechne went for a drive in his 1967 Oldsmobile. Kennedy placed the time he left at 11:15 p.m. A local cop who believed he saw the car put the time at 12:40 a.m. – significant at the time because Kennedy testified that he was taking Kopechne to a ferry that ran to Edgartown, a ferry that stopped running at midnight. In any event, Kennedy wasn’t headed toward the ferry landing when his car careened off Dike Bridge and into the inlet known as Poucha Pond; they were heading toward the beach.

Kennedy got out of the car alive, Mary Jo Kopechne did not. He said he dived down several times to try and rescue her, before walking back to the cottage where his friends were staying. To do so, he passed at least four houses with working telephones, including one 150 yards from the accident with a porch light on – as well as a firehouse with a pay phone. When he got to the cottage, none of the women were told what happened. According to the 763-page coroner’s inquest, this was just the first of a series of appalling decisions Kennedy made that night, decisions that stretch credulity.

First of all, he and two of the men, a cousin named Joseph Gargan and a friend named Paul Markham say they returned to the bridge to try and rescue Mary Jo. (If the Edgartown constable who believes he saw Kennedy was accurate, this was impossible.) Next, the men claimed that they drove Kennedy to the Chappaquiddick ferry landing, where he told them not to tell the other women for fear that they would try to rescue Mary Jo – at great peril to themselves – and assured them that he would report the incident to authorities. Then, the men said, Kennedy dove into the water and swam across the sound to Edgartown himself.

Teddy waited 10 hours to call in the “accident” while he huddled with his lawyers.  Mary Jo Kopechne survived for as long as two hours in the submerged automobile by breathing a pocket of trapped air.  The Kennedys call their lawyers rather than dialing 911.

It was a sad time for justice, politics, scummy politicians, lost integrity and especially for Mary Jo’s family.  While Ted Kennedy is now dead, we will not forget his cowardly actions.

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One Response to “Remembering Ted Kennedy’s Douchbaggery From The Grave”

  1. williemays said

    Look in the photos of the crowd at the Boys Ranch in Palatka
    Florida in Feb when LBJ was there for an event in 1964.
    Gorgeous George’s little mistake was there with her grandmother

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