Time to Read Uncle Ted the Riot Act?

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    When Sen. Ted Kennedy was merely just another Democrat bloviating on Capitol Hill on behalf of liberal causes, it was perhaps excusable to ignore his deplorable past.

    But now that he's become Sen. John Kerry's leading campaign attack dog, positioning himself as Washington's leading arbiter of truth and integrity, the days for such indulgence are now over.

    It's time for the GOP to stand up and remind America why Sen. Kerry's chief spokesman had to abandon his own presidential bid in 1980 - time to say the words Mary Jo Kopechne out loud.

    As is often the case, Republicans have deluded themselves into thinking that most Americans already know the story of how this "Conscience of the Democratic Party" left Miss Kopechne behind to die in the waters underneath the Edgartown Bridge in July 1969, after a night of drinking and partying with the young blonde campaign worker.

    But most Americans under 40 have never heard that story, or details of how Kennedy swam to safety, then tried to get his cousin Joe Garghan to say he was behind the wheel.

    Those young voters don't know how Miss Kopechne, trapped inside Kennedy's Oldsmobile, gasped for air until she finally died, while the Democrats' leading Iraq war critic rushed back to his compound to formulate the best alibi he could think of.

    Neither does Generation X know how Kennedy was thrown out of Harvard on his ear 15 years earlier - for paying a fellow student to take his Spanish final.

    As they listen to the Democrats' "Liberal Lion" accuse President Bush of "telling lie after lie after lie" to get America to go to war in Iraq, young voters don't know about that notorious 1991 Easter weekend in Palm Beach, when Uncle Teddy rounded up his nephews for a night on the town, an evening that ended with one of them credibly accused of rape.

    It's time for Republicans to state unabashedly that they will no longer "go along with the gag" when it comes to Uncle Ted's rants about deception and moral turpitude inside the Bush White House.

    The Democratic Party, not to mention Sen. John Kerry, should be ashamed to have the national disgrace from Massachusetts as their spokesman. And the GOP needs to say so out loud.

    http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2004/4/6/124814.shtml
     
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    I find it humorous that the only thing the GOP can come up with to attack Kerry is to attack Ted Kennedy for stuff that happened at the earliest 15 years ago. Ted had no participation in the Kennedy Smith trial other than he was at home in his underwear in the middle of the night after having spent some time with his nephews earlier. If you are at my house in the middle of the night, you'll probably see me in my underwear. And, just for the record, Kennedy Smith was acquited, that means he was found not guilty, which means a jury didn't believe he did it. The case from the 1960s, one which Kennedy has apologized for numerous times, is constantly dragged up by Republicans who have nothing better to talk about.

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    There's 20 years of Senate record to attack Kerry on - he is the most liberal senator around! We just throw in Ted Kennedy because he's somewhat more well known, and an easy target when we don't feel like thinking too hard. :)
     
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    What has Miss Kopechne said about his apology?
     
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    what does it matter??? The way I see it, at the very least a homicide took place involving a very drunk Ted Kennedy. It doesnt matter that it happened long ago. what matters is IT happened at all. In my book he should STILL be in prison. what does that say about the people in Mass???
     
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    Agreed.

    Remember, it is REASONABLE doubt that got him off the hook. That could have been anything vague.

    Of course, if the Constitution were followed and he had a trial by jury of his PEERS, it may have been different.

    For those that would disagree, he is still subject to the "high crimes and misdemeanors" clause.
     
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    Yeah-my understanding is that she's still dead. A sheepish, "My bad!" from lushface scarcely changes that.
     
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    At any rate the family of Mary Jo felt so outraged that they settled the matter quietly - anotherwords they sold out...so its the past and time to move on.

    I am not a Kennedy fan at all and find it absurd that this man stand before the American people and promote honesty when he himself has little ground to stand on - minus the Chap. incident.

    Kennedy is the senator in Ma and thats as close as he will get to President - so currently, Kerry is as close to home as it gets.
     
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    This si true about many people under 40 not knowing about Ted's "adventures". My mom told me about it a couple of years ago. I find him repulsive. What in thee hell would John Kerry want him standing up for him for?
     
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    If George W. Bush won't discuss HIS life before 1972, why should Kennedy have to discuss his?

    I feel sorry for the family of Ms. Koepechne, but it was 35 years ago, my guess is Ted would've plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served a very short sentence. They didn't charge him, so deal with it.

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