July 18, 2009

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Posted by Kate at July 18, 2009 12:58 AM

Rest in peace Mary Jo.

Posted by: Eskimo at July 18, 2009 1:09 AM


Posted by: zilla at July 18, 2009 1:36 AM

I really like Kathy Shaidle's comment - paraphrased - it's "-quiddick" not "-gate"!!!

Posted by: Erik Larsen at July 18, 2009 1:51 AM

Yes, thank heavens poor Ted (if not his presidential prospects) survived that nasty accident. Whew! I think we can all get behind celebrating that.

Posted by: Black Mamba at July 18, 2009 4:18 AM

Read the following quote in Mayor Quimby's voice from the Simpsons.

"And when I returned... Mary Jo and the Cah were gone."

Posted by: tim in vermont at July 18, 2009 7:00 AM

Don't be so hard on Ted - he was just exercising his right to choose.

Posted by: Fritz at July 18, 2009 8:44 AM


Posted by: Merle Underwood at July 18, 2009 8:59 AM

On the bright side, maybe Teddy will drive Jane to Walter's funeral.

Posted by: andycanuck at July 18, 2009 9:15 AM

Hey, quit tryin' t' break my balls here.

Teddy used my crew's law firm of Pickum,Dickum and Dunkum and it worked out fine for him.

Posted by: Big Tony at July 18, 2009 9:20 AM

National Lampoon's classic comment:

Posted by: Silicon Valley Jim at July 18, 2009 10:09 AM

Goodness, I had to click on the image to see what it was.

Kate is pure evil, in a and-that's-why-we-love-her sort of way. (*grin*)

Posted by: Ruy Diaz at July 18, 2009 10:46 AM

"The incident all but guaranteed that Kennedy could never be a serious candidate for President of the United States."

Silver lining

Posted by: Brian Mallard at July 18, 2009 11:10 AM

Guy was a pig. Still is.

Posted by: eastern paul at July 18, 2009 12:52 PM

"Reckless record of destructive social engineering" and the Dead Kennedy's.

"Lefty Lion"
He's an er uhm, POS.

Posted by: richfisher at July 18, 2009 2:01 PM

Silicon Valley Jim, thanks for that link. Interesting historical trivia behind it:

VW in the early 70's had an ad slogan touting the engineering quality of the VW Bug, "It definitely floats but doesn't float indefinitely." The National Lampoon had an issue in which this image and the caption "If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkswagen, he'd be President today."

It got as far as the first 50,000 of that issue with the mock ad being mailed out to subscribers and The Kennedy Machine saw it. You never saw such fast legal action in your life! They threatened to sue and got an injunction against National Lampoon. The Lampoon backed down, agreed to remove the ad parody and destroy all the copies with it that they had.

The National Lampoon subscribers who actually got one of the first 50,000 with the ad parody (including a friend of mine, no admirer of the Kennedys, who kept it in a protective plastic envelope) have a real historical collector's item.

Posted by: Dave in Pa at July 18, 2009 2:28 PM

Wouldn't it be fitting that today would be Teddy's last on this ball of dirt?

Posted by: a different bob at July 18, 2009 2:44 PM

"If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkswagen, he'd be President today."

Somehow that mock ad did get made into a wall poster (no doubt surreptitiously). A n American buddy of mine in university had one on the wall of his dorm room.

Posted by: JJM at July 18, 2009 4:20 PM

Led to one of my favorite lines: "More people have died in Ted Kennedy's car than from nuclear energy in North America"

Ironic how women worship the Kennedy's for their progressivism but the Kennedy boys pretty much viewed women as their personal chattel whose sole purpose was to pleasure them.

Rest in peace Mary Jo

Posted by: Chris in the Bridge at July 18, 2009 7:46 PM

Here is the real floating volkswagon commercial:

Posted by: Sarge (not the idiot troll) at July 18, 2009 8:53 PM

Seriously, though, Mary Jo has fortuitously performed a great service to the USA. She's a national hero.

Posted by: Kevin L. Copple at July 18, 2009 11:33 PM

Anyone remember just a few short years ago, Ted Kennedy on the senate floor excoriating the Bush administration for subjecting suspected terrorists to simulated drowning? Yeah, I found the gall of the man sublime.........

Posted by: no one you know at July 18, 2009 11:36 PM

Reminds me of what a college professor told me when I complained that Kennedy got off free and clear. He said "No he did not get to be president so he paid a high price." Yeah right.

Posted by: WordBearer at July 18, 2009 11:47 PM

Rest in peace MJ. Here's to hoping Teddy suffers a long long time, the coward

Posted by: Joe at July 19, 2009 12:00 AM

We'll never know if it was really an accident but if you were a pol wanting to off your girlfriend wouldn't you be wise to pick the day of the first man landing on the moon to guarantee it not be the top news the next day?

Posted by: Mark at July 19, 2009 12:09 AM

Another bumper sticker:

I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy

Posted by: The Monster at July 19, 2009 12:37 AM

I had graduated from HS in Plymouth County, MA six weeks prior to Ted's plunge off the bridge. The atmosphere (driven by the Kennedy machine/Boston Globe/et al) made it clear from the first news that Ted would enjoy "King's" justice. And so he did.

I went to Woodstock 4 weeks later and then to a Big Ten U 6 weeks after that once in a lifetime experience. I only went back to Mass. to visit my parents on holidays. Living in a place where justice was administered according to one's political class revulsed me. (Remember forced school bussing in Boston?). I want to say that I can't believe Ted has lasted this long in public life, but my life choices made 40 years ago were influenced by a sublime knowledge that Kennedy money would trump courts, common sense and democracy every time. I have no regrets of abandonding Mass. I only wish that most Mass. natives had the ba**s back then to hold this reckless son of power to the same standards to which we are all accountable.

Ron T
Toledo, Ohio

Posted by: Ron T at July 19, 2009 12:44 AM

remarks on Chappaquiddick
"This manslaughter might have been forgiven if Kennedy hadn't decided to evade responsibility for the accident and cover it up by failing to report it, trying to co-opt one of his aides to cop to being the driver, and then leaving them to try and fix it for him for over seven hours.

Worse, Mary Jo Kopechne, whose drowned body was found in a position trying to eke out the last molecules of air within the submerged car, was left to drown by the self-involved Senator, who chose not to seek immediate help."

For someone who rails against wealth and privilege, he sure uses his wealth and privilege to get what he wants.

Posted by: Jim,MtnViewCA,USA at July 19, 2009 1:02 AM

I remember the National Lampoon album "The Missing White House Watergate Tapes", which were full of hilarious barbs at everyone involved in that mess, and had some extras, such as Shredder Monster ("I want tapes!"), and Sirrica the Grouch.

In the midst of it, there was an ad for something, I forget what it was, and the announcer said "If you buy this know you'll get our special gift, the one walking, talking, living, breathing Kennedy brother, singing his big hit 'Wake Up Little Mary Jo"

And a few years later there was a lengthy discussion about which woman to be the first on U.S. currency, which turned out to be Susan B. Anthony. Which was of course very fitting, even though the popularity of those coins flopped. One wag (Limbaugh?) suggested that the woman who had done the most for the country was Mary Jo.

I hope she rests in peace. Teddy's still the most visible Catholic hypocrite in the country. What a waste.

Posted by: Boomer at July 19, 2009 1:04 AM

"Another bumper sticker:

I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Ted Kennedy"

See, and that just proves that there's a bias against Democrats, too. Cheney shoots someone in the face and nothing happens to him. Clinton does the same thing and gets impeached.

Posted by: CJ Casey at July 19, 2009 1:28 AM

The good news is that soon, assuming the decripit old fck will go ahead and die the brain death common to the Kennedy rapers, we can spend the rest of our days pissing on that fkers grave.

What a country!

Posted by: at July 19, 2009 1:45 AM

Dave in PA: Here's some more inside trivia on that parody Volkswagen ad. They'd intended to replace the VW logo with a fake one to avoid any legal issues, and if they'd done that they wouldn't have gotten in trouble. But the real logo never got replaced. All magazines have production and proofreading errors, but most aren't that costly....

Posted by: PapayaSF at July 19, 2009 1:48 AM

At the risk of sounding nauseatingly obsequious, Kate does good drawings, doesn't she?

zilla @1:36AM July 18th - I thought you were being kind of cavalier until I got it just now. "Gurgle" indeed.

Posted by: Black Mamba at July 19, 2009 6:28 AM

So pathetically informed tard whines: 'Cheney shoots someone in the face and nothing happens to him. Clinton does the same thing and gets impeached'...

Oh dear, does CJ want a cracker since you are acting like a parrot?

I hope the murderous parasite that cost this country billions and billions of dollars with his socialist agenda dies screaming in agony...

Posted by: juandos at July 19, 2009 6:52 AM

Anybody else see the irony in Ol' Ted giving the Obamas a Portugese water dog, a breed known for its ability to swim?

Posted by: Just Visiting at July 19, 2009 9:07 AM

Want to make your blood boil, read the Tedrow's book "Death at Chappaquidick".
Rest in Peace Mary Jo.

Posted by: Jim Hupe at July 19, 2009 9:10 AM

Some years ago I read the memoir of a law enforcement officer who was peripherally involved in the investigation of Kopechne's death. He presented a very plausible account of what probably happened. Why his account has not received wider audience, I don't know... I only wish I could provide the actual source, but it's been too many years.

The accepted facts are these: Kennedy and Kopechne left the party together, allegedly to return to their hotels. But Kopechne left her purse and keys behind, and they drove away from the ferry, not toward it. After the accident, Kennedy allegedly tried and failed to rescue Kopechne, returned to the party for help (bypassing several houses, at least one of which might have had a telephone) and eventually went to bed. Kennedy was familiar with the island and its roads, while Kopechne wasn't.

According to the memoirist (to the best of my memory), the truth probably is that Kennedy was nowhere near the scene when the car went off the bridge, and didn't learn of the accident until the following morning. Here is what probably happened:

Kennedy and Kopechne left the party for a private assignation together. Both had been drinking, and Kennedy was most likely more than a little tipsy. In the night, Kennedy sped by a darkened car which he feared was one of the two (or the only?) police cruiser on the island. Had he been caught in a speed trap?

“My God, I can't be pulled over like this! Me, a Senator, drunk, a horny girl not my wife next to me, obviously out for a bedroom romp! What will the papers say?”

Quickly, Kennedy pulled over. In the dark, he got out of the car and instructed Kopechne to take over. He gave her hasty directions to their destination, and she drove off. Kennedy continued on foot to the cabin, house or hotel room (I can't recall). When he arrived, still drunk, and now dirty and footsore, Kopechne wasn't there.

In 1969 the island's twisting, narrow, unlighted roads were difficult to navigate even in the daytime. And, the landing to the bridge she went over took a slight turn as you entered onto the bridge... which was as dark as the rest of the road system that night. Totally unfamiliar with her surroundings, Kopechne simply missed a turn in the dark, missed again the turn onto the bridge, and drove straight into the water. And there was no one there to rescue her. Kennedy had gone to bed, wondering where Kopechne had got to.

Posted by: Poor, put-upon Ted at July 19, 2009 9:22 AM

Poor, Put-upon: Your scenario falls apart at the point where Ted is wondering what the papers will say. The real Ted Kennedy would know damned well what the papers would say: nothing. Just like they did when his brothers were rutting after Marilyn Monroe and Sam Giancana's mistress.

By the way, Mary Jo didn't drown. She was asphyxiated: she ran out of oxygen in the submerged car. King's justice, indeed.

Posted by: Brown Line at July 19, 2009 9:54 AM

I have one of those copies, although I'm pretty sure that I bought it on the news stand. That's back when I was young and thought National Lampoon was cool. Well it was because it lampooned everyone back then, not just conservatives.

Posted by: TOTWTYTR at July 19, 2009 10:10 AM

Why are there never any prayers for Ted and Mary Jo's unborn baby?

Posted by: TexEd at July 19, 2009 10:21 AM

Reason number two to piss on Kennedy's Grave ASAP

This is what Ted Kennedy said about the 1965 Hart-Celler Act which
dramatically changed US immigration policy.

"The bill will not flood our cities with immigrants. It will not upset the ethnic mix of our society.
It will not relax the standards of admission. It will not cause American workers to lose their jobs."

Kennedy is now the chair of the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration,
Border Security and Citizenship.

Posted by: Delmar Jackson at July 19, 2009 10:52 AM

I don't believe Kennedy was even in the car when it went off the bridge. Probably without seatbelts, they were both thrown onto the seats or floor. Since the car was almost completely submerged, the weight of water on the doors would prevent anyone from opening them. Two feet of water would put 128 pounds PER SQUARE FOOT on the door. (One police safety tip is if your car goes into the water, open the window, let water into your waist and then try to open the door.) Kennedy's story like the entire Kennedy family mystic is a lie and he got away with at least manslaughter.

Posted by: william at July 19, 2009 11:00 AM

When Obama met with the Pope recently,you will remember,he gave the Pope a letter from Teddy. With the letter was a check for Pergatory purposes. And in the letter was a request of the Pope to ask Saint Peter to excuse Mary Jo from attending the meeting when Teddy shows up at the pearly gates!

Posted by: Blue Eyed Indian at July 19, 2009 12:21 PM

I don't think poor-put-upon Ted's scenario could possibly be correct.

Kenneday's hotel room was across the water - he claimed he swam across it. I cannot imagine that he, first, really would be concerned about the police (he could have just switched drivers) and, second, would have said that he would swim across the bay and meet her at his room.

It is hard to understand how the media mostly gave him a pass on this manslaughter and now joins in the lionizing of him.

Posted by: Kansas City at July 19, 2009 3:19 PM

I also thought the worst of Kennedy's conduct was that, in an effort to try to help establish an alibi, he called the front desk to complain about noice in another room and then early the next morning he chatted with other guests as though nothing had happened. He obviously was, and always has been, a despicable man.

Posted by: Kansas City at July 19, 2009 3:22 PM

I like to think Mary Jo was reincarnated as a cancer cell and is gnawing away at Teddy's grey matter...

Posted by: tortillapete at July 19, 2009 4:11 PM

Does he still wear the Barney costume and call himself "Tyrannosaurus Sex?" What a tool.

Posted by: guilford at July 19, 2009 4:59 PM

Another version of what happened that night:

"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." Oscar Wilde

According to the New York Daily News, among others, The National Inquirer is reporting Kennedy fathered a son 21 years ago with a Cape Cod woman half his age. The Kennedy camp denies everything.Of course the tabs have resurrected the June 1969 scandal of
Chappaquiddick — déjà vu all over again.And I guess it's time to tell the version I heard, supposedly from a horse's mouth, of what really happened there almost 37 years ago.

First a recap. Ted Kennedy's car went off a bridge and into a pond after a party for Bobby Kennedy's campaign staff on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard. A passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne (Ko-peck-nee) was subsequently found drowned in the car.

Kennedy claimed he dove repeatedly into the dark water but couldn't find her. Then, disoriented and hurt, he gave up. On it's face, a routine if terrible tragedy. But Kennedy and his handlers inexplicably waited 9 hours before reporting the accident.

The media frenzy was ferocious. There were claims Kennedy was drunk and that he and his staff engaged in a massive cover-up of the accident and the cause of Ms. Kopechne's death.

Kennedy eventually pled guilty to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident and the case was closed. Justice may not have been served for Mary Jo Kopechne, but many felt partial justice was achieved in the destruction of Ted Kennedy's chances to mount his own presidential campaign.

I was a carefree college student that summer of 1969, doing the European tour. When the scandal broke we were in Italy. A sidebar: it wasn't until we returned to the states that I learned the young woman's name was not Mary Jo "Co-pa-chine-eh" as had been widely reported in the Italian media.

Fast forward a few years to my post college life in the political arenas of Pennsylvania and Washington. I met a woman who was, to say the least, in the thick of things at Chappaquiddick. She told me her story — one that makes the most sense of the 9-hour lag in reporting the accident, the most critical and damning factor in the whole mess.It comes down to this. The party was filled with young girls star struck by the older power brokers with whom they were atypically socializing. Mary Jo in particular had a crush on Ted Kennedy. Everybody was drinking heavily.

At some point in the evening, feeling more than a little under the weather, Mary Jo wandered outside, saw Kennedy's car and crawled into the back seat to sleep it off.

At some later point, Kennedy and the woman who told me this story got in his car and headed for a more private party a deux. They were both, shall we say, plastered.

After the car went off the bridge, Kennedy's primary goal was to get his female companion the hell out of the picture. His wife was at home, after all, and pregnant to boot.

Here's the punch line: they didn't know Mary Jo was in the car.

Which provides the most locigal explanation for Kennedy's seemingly evil callousness in not trying to save her. And the troubling time lag as aides scrambled for damage control, not realizing that something far worse than casual infidelity would hit the fan.

My source's anonymity was protected. But her conscience was far from clear. I hope after all these years she's realized she was little more than a naive kid dazzled by a powerful figure with feet of clay. And that she had plenty of company. From those who gravitated to the first Kennedy in power all the way up to Monica.There are dozens of theories, reams of material, reports, hypotheses and even websites on what really happened at Chappaquiddick.

I didn't make this one up. I wasn't there. So I don't claim this is the Emmes. I'm just reporting the story I was told. We'll never know. After all … wait for it … there's too much water under the bridge.

Posted by: Sooke at July 19, 2009 6:01 PM

Every man for himself, Mary Jo!!

Posted by: JoeS at July 19, 2009 11:33 PM

I read today that Kennedy also gave a false written statement to the police the next morning. He claimed that he went back to the cottage and fell into the back seat of a car exhausted, then asked someone for a ride to his hotel. It is an inexplicable story, but one that was concocted after he consulted with his aides and attorney. It obviously was not ture, and was contradicted by Kennedy's own later story.

My reading also revealed that it is pretty clear that rather than the accident happening about about 11:30 or 11:45 as Kennedy claimed, it happened shortly after 12:30 when the deputy sheriff saw the car head down the road to the bridge.

I doubt that she was in the back seat asleep, because Kennedy clearly would have jumped on that explanation if it was available.

Posted by: Kansas City at July 20, 2009 2:13 AM

"Anybody else see the irony in Ol' Ted giving the Obamas a Portugese water dog, a breed known for its ability to swim?"

What about his audacity in naming that dog "Splash," and then writing a book about the dog with that same name? Hell is waiting for that man.

Posted by: M at July 20, 2009 10:19 AM

As an Englishman I am appalled that our Labour Government has advised the Queen to give Ted Kennedy a knighthood. What is worse is that she has agreed to this.

Posted by: Harry Royle at July 20, 2009 5:10 PM