It's no different 15 years later. Not one sane person today believes Ted Kennedy was not responsible for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Yet the fact that a corrupt legal establishment, with Kennedy fame and fortune lining its' pockets, sent him off with a slap on the wrist, we can not ostracize, criticize or demean this drunk murderer.
Y'know, we never actually saw Adolph Hitler kill anyone, either. Plus, he was never indicted. Therefore, it would be slanderous to call him an evil butcher. Right? No, I am not equating the Holocaust with Chappaquiddick. However, if it swims like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck.
Need more proof of Kennedy's perifidy?
From NRO's The Corner:
'One of his favorite topics of humor was Chappaquiddick' [Mark Hemingway]
Jules Crittenden mentioned on his blog he heard Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek and editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, recalling on air that Ted Kennedy liked to joke about Chappaquiddick. It seemed to defy belief, so I listened to the episode of The Diane Rehm Show in question and sure enough — I've transcribed what Klein told guest host Katy Kay (Here's a link to the audio in WMA format, relevant portion starts at about 30:15):
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.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 hagiographic 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."
Kennedy, along with most of the other lying, hypocritical scum that pollute the Democrat Party, was a sick son of a bitch. His father was an ardent anti-Semite who sided, and aided Hitler's Final Solution and the legacy of "Camelot" is a myth, created by a sycophant media. It's bad enough they turned Michael Jackson into some sort of hero/role model.
He didn't deserve that and neither does the "Lying" of the Senate. Defending him only proves a lack of intelligence and class. Instead of honoring Kennedy (or Jackson), how about we honor their victims, instead?