Ailing "liberal lion" Ted Kennedy is using his battle against brain cancer to make emotional pitches for health care reform. And the media is playing right along with him as both ABC and NBC have enlisted Kennedy for support in lieu of Barry's quest to socialize the health care industry. It's no secret that liberals has been in love with Kennedy for years, long portraying the man as devoted to service, while arrogantly dismissing the fact that 40 years ago Ted Kennedy left a friend to die:
"She would’ve turned 69 on July 26. She probably would’ve been married, had children, and maybe even grandchildren. But because of Senator Ted Kennedy’s actions 40 years ago today, Mary Jo Kopechne’s life and potential were extinguished along with what little integrity Kennedy had left."
Thus begins Sean O'Donnell's column, "Remembering Ted Kennedy's drive on Chappaquiddick 40 years ago today". Sean is the Baltimore Republican Examiner, and his articles are always well worth a look.
The aspect of the case that has always bothered many Republicans is the craven hypocrisy exhibited in this case by Kennedy and his many supporters. There are many aspects of the Kopechne case that appear to show criminal acts, and yet the power and money of the Kennedy family was wielded in a way that seemed to cover up an investigation that anyone other than Ted Kennedy would have had to endure. Kennedy is touted by his supporters as the "liberal lion", always on the side of the powerless, and yet, when the situation involves someone who is truly powerless, Kennedy's actions reveal him to be the most cynical and calculating of all politicians.