Political attacks knock wind out of Kennedy's sails

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    Once upon a time, Ted Kennedy could count on his daily dose of veneration. The right wing hated the Massachusetts Democrat, but progressives honored him as a defender of old-school liberalism.

    In a remarkable turnaround, liberals are now heaping scorn on the 73-year-old senator. Young audiences boo at his name, and the leftish "Daily Show" on Comedy Central makes fun of him.

    The source of unhappiness is Kennedy's efforts to kill an offshore wind farm on Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind was to be the first such project in the United States and a source of pride to environmentally-minded New Englanders. Polls show 84 percent of Massachusetts residents in favor. But now it appears that America's first offshore wind farm will be near Galveston, Texas.

    Proposed a month before Sept. 11, 2001, Cape Wind remains in limbo. It's been frustrated at every turn by a handful of yachtsmen, Kennedy included, who don't want to see windmills from their verandas. Many millions have been spent spreading disinformation and smearing the wind farm's supporters.

    The towers would be at least five miles out and barely visible from shore on the clearest day, but the summer plutocrats resent any intrusion on their waterfront vistas — and, equally, any challenge to the notion that they control everything.

    "But don't you realize — that's where I sail!" may stand as Kennedy's most self-incriminating quote.

    The sordid affair is documented in a funny and depressing book titled "Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound." In it, authors Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb (full disclosure: Whitcomb is my editor at The Providence Journal) describe the bipartisan endeavor to betray America's environmental and energy interests — and ignore the welfare of the year-round locals.

    Kennedy did much of the dirty work in Washington, but he had considerable help. In 2004, Sen. John Warner, the Virginia Republican, added a last-minute rider to an urgent Iraq war-funding bill that forbade the Army Corps of Engineers to spend money permitting offshore wind projects.

    "Warner was dragging American troops into the Cape Wind war," Williams and Whitcomb noted. The outcry forced him to back down.

    Why did Warner care so deeply about a wind-energy project in Massachusetts? Some of his wealthy relatives own choice waterfront property on Cape Cod. That's why.

    Anchorage is 4,600 miles from Boston. And so what was this project to Rep. Don Young, the Alaska Republican? It was apparently an opportunity to exercise an old grudge against Theodore Roosevelt IV, the 26th president's great-grandson and a wind-farm supporter.

    Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander also took an unusual interest in a venture far from his home state of Tennessee. Complaining that wind farms threaten "the wholesale destruction of the American landscape," Alexander introduced legislation that would have banned virtually all offshore wind projects in America. It turns out that he owns real estate on Nantucket Island.

    Kennedy, however, remains the central focus of ire. Greenpeace has just launched an anti-Kennedy, pro-Cape Wind television ad campaign.

    John Bullard, the former mayor of New Bedford and a Democratic stalwart, is loudly condemning the senator. His working-class city is downwind from one of the nation's dirtiest power plants. Cape Wind could help replace it.

    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers built a wind turbine along an expressway going into Boston and, next to it, a billboard promoting Cape Wind. The project would mean jobs for the Boston local, which runs a training center for wind technology.

    After 45 years in the Senate, Kennedy should be polishing his liberal legacy. But his manipulative attacks on this wind farm have so sickened supporters that his long career may be headed for a sorry end.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2003863049_harrop041.html?syndication=rss






    Looks like the Kennedy fam is becoming the Strom Thurman of the dems and have become a liability. It's time to ole Teddy to retire. Also, I find it ironic how personal behaviour doesn't seem to mimick the teams talking points. Is this what they call Hypocricy? I mean, there is no gay sex involved but...

    I'm tired of Chappaquiddick jokes. I'm tired of a family having an arm around politics based on a famous waspy last name that hasnt been relevant in 30 years. This kind of story proves how maleable are political platforms beyond wearing the team jersey.
     
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    Nice to see they're putting it in Galveston. That was a town ahead of it's time right up until the hurricane of 1900 and now it looks as if they will get the chance to set the standard for forward thinking.

    Just one more reason to visit Galveston the next time I'm in Texas.

    As for Ted, well, what can you say? Once you've gotten away with murder, how hard can it be to put the kibbosh on a wind farm that may, on a clear day, from your back porch, look like miniature pinwheels?
     
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    I personally invite any self-edentified lefties who had three shades of fun over a potential gay republican to remind me about how shitty is hypocricy...
     
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    Didn't think Froma Harrop was your kind of writer... Or is it just you can't miss a chance to bash a kennedy?

    Or have you signed on to Froma Harrop's politics and are now environmentally conscious? :eusa_think:

    More from Froma....

    http://www.creators.com/opinion/froma-harrop/big-coal-s-unregulated-plunder.html
     
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    strawman.

    do you dispute the motivation behind Ted Kennedy desire to preserve his sailing spot? Is this not as hypocritical for an otherwise environmentalist liberal democrat as what you reminded me of regarding potentially gay republicans?

    Shall we sidetrack the topic of the thread with grammer or attack the source now?

    Certainly, you didn't bitch about sources when a gay republcian was the target, eh?

    do you presume to know me well enough to know who is my kind of writer?
     
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    here then... if you want to act silly about sources rather than apply the same concern over a dems hypocrisy...

    feel free to prove the point I made in the last thread in this thread.



    Wind Farm? Not Off My Back Porch
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=2995334

    Kennedy faces fight on Cape Wind
    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/04/27/kennedy_faces_fight_on_cape_wind/

    Storm Over Mass. Windmill Plan
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/06/26/sunday/main560595.shtml

    http://www.capewind.org/
     
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    well SHIT!


    why did it get so fucking quiet all of a sudden??
     
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    NO ONE wants to step up and criticize a Dem for hypocrisy, eh?



    thats too bad. it seems that you are every bit for the left what you bitch about on the right. and I vote democrat! pathetic.
     
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    Oh... I know the issues. And I certainly don't agree with his position. Hypocrisy.. well, I don't know.. NIMBY is nothing unusual from either dems or republicans... Dick Cheney, to the best of my recollection, put the kibosh on certain land use in his area because he didn't want it effecting his property values.

    Can you really, with a straight face, liken that to Craig actively campaigning to divest a group of people of their rights while carrying on in like manner? I don't think so.
     
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    Well except for the simple fact NO ONE has passed any laws taking rights away from Gays, you might have had a point. No one has suggested any laws to take away rights from Gays either.
     

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