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Lower Than Low: Kopechne a ‘footnote’ who may have thought her death ‘worth it’

August 27, 2009

Once again, sadly I’m not kidding.

I held my tongue when Ted Kennedy passed, because he has children who love him. And because I find that while many just speak the truth, which is an ugly one, sometimes it instead turns into a pack mentality and a who can be the most offensive/ shocking thing. To me, that is easy and cheap and it cheapens everyone else whilst elevating the person who is the subject to a victim status, allowing the Hero worship yet another “in”. So, I only expressed my sincere condolences to his children and those who loved him. I meant it and I’d say it again.

However, the Left, despite all it’s sanctimonious, holier than thou grousing at the right for it’s perceived “insensitivity”, is now far more odious and I can no longer hold my tongue. Never mind the IMMEDIATE “we must pass Health Care Reform/Obamacare in Teddy’s Name. He’d Have Wanted It That Way” deal and the incessant and grossly inappropriate news coverage; That was bad enough. But this, this is lower than low:

The Footnote Speaks: What Would Mary Jo Kopechne Have Thought of Ted’s Career?

We’re comfortable with moral relativism in this country — or, at least, we love us a good “sinned and redeemed” narrative. And, for the most part, we realize that there are few lives on which we can slap a “Good” or “Evil” label and expect it to be accurate.

Which, let’s face it, is one of the reasons the Ted Kennedy story is so fascinating. The huge achievements, weighed against the huge sins. Forty-six years of history-book accomplishments on everything from Civil Rights to the Americans With Disabilities Act to gender equality. Disabled? Poor? A member of any minority group? Then chances are your life is at least somewhat better because of Ted Kennedy. And for anyone who started to lose faith in the Left’s seeming impotence over the past decade (cough cough) he provided a pretty strong reason not to throw in the towel.

HA. Many would beg to differ with you, dear, including Clarence Thomas.

Peeking out from the center of the story is the matter of his playing a major part in the death of a 28-year-old woman.

Mary Jo wasn’t a right-wing talking point or a negative campaign slogan. She was a dedicated civil rights activist and political talent with a bright future — granted, whenever someone dies young, people sermonize about how he had a “bright future” ahead of him — but she actually did. She wasn’t afraid to defy convention (28 and unmarried, oh the horror!) or create her own career path based on her talents. She lived in Georgetown (where I grew up) and loved the Red Sox (we’ll forgive her for that). Then she got in a car driven by a 36-year-old senator with an alcohol problem and a cauldron full of demons, and wound up a controversial footnote in a dynasty.

A footnote. A woman’s LIFE and manslaughter is A FOOTNOTE. And “controversial”? There is no controversy, only facts. She was left to die. The man who left her to die did no jail time and instead lived the good life while doing great harm, many, including I would argue,  to this Country for decades more.

We don’t know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she’d have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. What we don’t know, as always, could fill a Metrodome.

Yes, we do know. NOT AT ALL. He had the audacity to serve in the senate for FOUR DECADES. He stopped windmills from being built that would ruin HIS quality of life – his view from his luxury boat as he was flitting and sailing around the Nantucket sound.  He enjoyed a “good laugh” over Chappaquiddick jokes. He spent his last days not making amends or in any way repenting, but rather he spent them conniving, trying to change the laws to suit his own purposes and ends.

Still, ignorance doesn’t preclude a right to wonder. So it doesn’t automatically make someone (aka, me) a Limbaugh-loving, aerial-wolf-hunting NRA troll for asking what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted’s death, and what she’d have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded.

Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.

First of all, nice snide little Palin reference with the aerial-wolf-hunting mention. Kind of takes the wind out of your feigned Ra-Ra Empowered Woman stuff you clearly just threw in without meaning it about Mary Jo Kopechne.

You see, we can’t know what she would have thought about the life and career of Ted Kennedy. Why? Because he LEFT HER TO DIE. Alone. In a sinking car. In the dark. For hours. She didn’t drown, you know. She suffocated… she was gasping her last breaths as the tiny air pocket left in the car was used up.

While Senator Kennedy chatted with buddies. And slept. Likely peacefully.

So, no. I don’t think she’d think it was “worth it”.  I don’t believe her family and loved ones would either. I do not think it was “worth it”; to the contrary.

And the value, or rather the lack thereof, that YOU and many on the Left place on human life that is in any way inconvenient to you or to your narratives is disgusting. It’s appalling to me; I honestly can’t even comprehend it. I think you’d be more upset over the death of Obama’s DOG (a water dog given to him by Ted Kennedy, natch… at least this one wasn’t called Splash!) than you are over a young woman who had a whole and likely wonderful life ahead of her.

You have reached a new low. You have sunk so far down that you are past rock bottom and are now scraping at the earth’s mantle.

(h/t AllahPundit)

Update August 29: Big Fur Hat has a great piece up over at American Thinker. Nails. It.

Update 2 (August 29): Eleanor Clift also thinks it was “worth it”. To her credit, if you can call it that,  at least she is *completely* and shamelessly honest about it.

But if you are sympathetic to Kennedy and his politics, as I am, you’re mindful that the accident at Chappaquiddick happened in 1969, the year after Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. (Ted, just 36 and the last of the brothers, shouldered the burden of 11 more fatherless nieces and nephews.) You’re also willing to measure the benefits that Kennedy brought to countless people through his politics, and give them proper weight on the scales of the man’s record. Finally, if you measure his capacity to reform himself, you tip the scales further.

37 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2009 10:04 pm

    “You know, I don’t even think he said he was sorry…” – Kopechne’s mother

    There are good people in every genera of life… I have met them in all the darkest alleys… Then there are people to whom noone is really real except themselves… People are disposable…

    The left has become increasingly able to compartmentalize life into pragmatic portions of disposable people and themselves… Mary Jo was not disposable… Mary Jo was a better person than the one who stole her life to get through his night…

    I can say that with surety, because NO human being that willfully disposes of another is worth a thing…

    And worse…this is not a man who spent time at her grave, consoled her parents (he gave them around 300K and never said a word) , and FAR worse, spent his last days not making amends… Not making his peace ….Not with his family….

    He spent it trying to manipulate the law to undo his earlier manipulations in order to “stick it” to the opposite party…

    That is beyond poor judgment..that is outright sick…

    I already shared with you the words that should be his epitaph, they are Melville’s:

    “… to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.”

    He wasn’t helping the innocent…he was slaying a white whale of his own making…and he went under the waves screaming spite in it’s face…

    • August 27, 2009 10:07 pm

      Sorry for that micro-blog…heh… I was gonna write here, what I wanted to say… =P

      • snarkandboobs permalink*
        August 27, 2009 10:10 pm

        Cupcake, feel free to micro OR macro blog here anytime 🙂 (for realsies)

      • rich permalink
        December 23, 2010 6:49 am

        It’s spelled no one. Not “noone”. Noone is the name of the singer in Herma’s Hermits.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 27, 2009 10:09 pm

      Exactly. I wish I talked purty like you!

      I meant to put that in.. about the not repenting, not making amends in the least, as his actions his last days clearly showed.. but I was sooo angry, I forgot. (plus, that whole having to do things in 15 mins or forget it, heh)

      I meant it about the purty thing. You said it so brilliantly, as always.

  2. Mel permalink
    August 27, 2009 10:08 pm

    Well said.

    The bad thing is, what else don’t we know about him?
    You just *know* something else will come out about him now
    that he’s gone.

  3. jd nyc permalink
    August 27, 2009 10:18 pm

    Many of the same people who condemn waterboarding terrorists as “cruel” and “torture” so easily dismiss the extreme demonstration of Depraved Indifference at Chappaquiddick…But it’s not about politics, right?

  4. August 27, 2009 10:37 pm

    At least they’re being honest about their worldview: She was replaceable, he wasn’t.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 27, 2009 11:33 pm

      Bingo. Summed up in one sentence!

  5. August 27, 2009 10:45 pm

    I am sure the Left will be sinking to new lows, they have no conscience, no morals, no guilt about anything.

    The Left have no use for innocent life; they champaign fervently for the lives of killers, terrorists, and the like. How they feel about Kopechne is sad but not surprising. They feel nothing but contempt about the unborn and crime victims. Kennedy is their shining star. The way they see it is she had it coming, I presume. It’s reprehensible.

    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 27, 2009 11:32 pm

      I’m so angry, that I’m sad. I honestly can’t comprehend thinking like that.

  6. August 28, 2009 12:33 am

    The thing is that’s them being sensitive and evenhanded by bringing MJK up at all. Screw decency, the story has to get out before history is rewritten… again.

  7. Chitterton permalink
    August 28, 2009 3:56 am

    I like how when the topic of MJK is raised in recent years, the counter from the left has been, “But think of all the people who died in Bush’s WAR FOR OIL!”

    If a drunk driver struck and killed one of their loved ones, would they console themselves by thinking, “Well, that was nothing compared to Iwo Jima!”

    I’m ready to go back to mourning Michael Jackson now.

  8. August 28, 2009 5:45 am

    Those who turned a blind eye to what Ted Kennedy did .. hose who make excuses for the horrors he inflicted upon others .. such people see people as means rather than ends. They see Mary Jo as a sacrifice to a greater good. Such people deserve the death that Mary Jo did not.

    I cannot express how disgusted I am with the media coverage and those who love that monster. He sacrificed others for his agenda, and never gave of himself. He lived a life of luxury and comfort as a senator for decades. I hope there is justice beyond this life, because, in the case of Ted Kennedy, there was no justice on earth.

  9. Reiuxcat permalink
    August 28, 2009 7:34 am

    Teddy lied, Mary Jo died, but it’s okay because that is the Kennedy way. (hums Camelot)

    The coverage of Teddy’s death on TV is disgusting.

  10. steve5463 permalink
    August 28, 2009 1:29 pm

    I guess we should have been overjoyed with the JFK assassination LBJ was able to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    • August 28, 2009 3:51 pm

      ‘Seems like such an ugly comment… Yet you’re right, that’s the logic being employed by self-professed “thoughtful” people on the left…

      They’ve turned into the very monsters that they claimed to be fighting decades ago…

      • snarkandboobs permalink*
        August 28, 2009 4:18 pm

        Precisely. Ugly, yes… but truthful. That is EXACTLY what some on the Left are implying and what they actually believe. And it is what makes me the saddest.

  11. August 28, 2009 2:28 pm

    I caught the little “blame the victim” mantra buried deep within the article… “she got into a car with a 36-year-old man with alcohol problems.” So I guess that settles it – all her fault – move along, nothing to see here.


    • snarkandboobs permalink*
      August 28, 2009 4:19 pm

      Yup. HER fault. Like the “she was asking for it” line. Horrible.

  12. kmita3 permalink
    August 29, 2009 5:36 am

    Under Obama, the left is becoming more comfortable showing their true colors. We will see more evil ugliness before this all ends.
    “….and are now scraping at the earth’s mantle.”
    Please dont insult the earth’s mantle. This women changes Beezebub’s diapers.

  13. August 29, 2009 9:26 am

    LIBERALS: They just waffle so much, it is pathetic – sometimes, they are the victims themselves when it is convenient. Other times, they BLAME the victim – as in this article written by a total HuffPo hack. (BTW – anyone have time to research why she may be an “ex” lawyer? Disbarred, incompetent or by choice?) OTHER times, they parade the victims out for their own agendas.

    For fun, I now use the word “liberal” as a curse word – I have replaced all other “bad words” with it. They sicken me beyond belief now.

  14. September 24, 2009 6:34 am

    I love you.
    signature: aleve

  15. Paardestaart permalink
    February 20, 2010 12:28 pm

    “The left has become increasingly able to compartmentalize life into pragmatic portions of disposable people and themselves”

    Well, you may not believe this, but in my country there is a very popular, mainstream stand up comedian who calls these ‘disposables’ ‘precum produce‘ – i.e. “voorvochtmensen”..His audience thinks that’s very funny, and no journalist or TV-presenter so far has challenged or berated him for it although I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard him say it

    Then there is this serious political pundit who takes the sympathetic, explicatory approach and calls the strayers who do not share the basic tenets of modern intellectual life ‘de onrendabelen ‘ – i.e. unprofitable, non-exploitable superfluous flotsam
    It goes without saying it is this regrettable condition that causes their unsavoury opinions,and the remedy would probably be a useful non-smoking lifestyle, keeping beter hours and the government spending more money for extensive psycho social tinkering.
    Such misfits cause politicians to ponder these days whether democracy was such a good idea after all. I don’t know why really, for they already deactivated the political will of the people by stealthily abolishing our nation states and our borders. So tnow we are united us against our will in the EU, with the ‘middle east’ thrown in for good measure – to stimulate world peace and understanding of course..

    Whistful greetings from Amsterdam, EUrabia


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