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Edward Kennedy: Mary Jo Kopechne Died So That America Could Have Another Failed Presidental Candidate

by | 28th, December 2009

maryjo19691EDWARD Kennedy is dead and in remembering the work of a career drinker, philanderer and rich liberal the starstruck nodding heads of the mainstream media try not to mention Mary Jo Kopechne.

On July 19 1969 Kennedy was driving his Oldsmobile on the island of Chappaquiddick, east of Martha’s Vineyard. The car drove off a bridge and into a creek.

Gallery is here.

Mary Jo Kopechne, 29, a former secretary to Senator Kennedy’s late brother Robert was also in the car. Kennedy escaped. He fled. He left Mary Jo Kopechne in the car. Ten hours later he reported the accident. And Mary Jo was dead.

Let us not judge the man on one action. Oh no. Kennedy would later stand for the US presidency, a man bigger than a dead girl in a car. As for that incident, he claimed to have been in a state of shock. He was judged by his peers, pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a crime and given a two-month suspended jail sentence.

Now the nodding heads in the mainstream media looks back on Kennedy’s life, replacing the ink with an airbrush:

Gaby Wood in the Observer:

It’s often said that Kennedy spoke for the distressed and the dispossessed because he himself had suffered – the deaths of siblings, eventually the sickness of his own children – and because his powers of empathy were extreme.

Gallery is here

Kennedy is quickly established as the victim.

In July 1969, the single most damaging incident of his life took place when he left a party on an island called Chappaquiddick with Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old former aide to Bobby, and drove off a bridge into the water. Afraid of the publicity a police report would cause, he fled the scene and left Kopechne to die, not reporting the accident until 10 hours later.

Hold your judgment. And lest you make your own judgment, Gaby Wood provides you with one, that you should accept as fact and never think on the matter again:

His friend the late Jack Newfield wrote that his career became “an atonement for one night of indefensible behaviour”; Kennedy, Newfield said, “converted persistence into redemption”.

Ted Sorensen in Time magazine:

“Both a plane crash in Massachusetts in 1964 and the ugly automobile accident on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 almost cost him his life.”

Once more, Kennedy is the victim.

As Victor David Hanson notes:

Mary Jo Kopechne (never mentioned by name in the essay) owing to (according to a later inquest) the negligence of the driver, Ted Kennedy.

Melissa Lafsky in the Huffington Post

Mary Jo “would have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history . . . Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.”

Joan Vennochi in the Boston Globe

IN DEATH, Ted Kennedy will be idealized, his accomplishments lionized, his weaknesses glossed over.

You betcha:

Like all figures in history – and like those in the Bible, for that matter – Kennedy came with flaws. Moses had a temper. Peter betrayed Jesus. Kennedy had Chappaquiddick, a moment of tremendous moral collapse.

Kennedy the prophet. Kennedy the disciple. And not one mention of Mary Jo Kopechne by name.

Jackson Sun editorial:

There’s probably dead woman in history who’s been more exploited by the right-wing sleaze machine than Miss Kopechne [sic].

Those right-wring sleazers having a pop at a privileged man who left a woman to die alone. Scum, that’s what they are. Scum. Un-for-give-able.

Joyce Carol Oates in the Guardian:

A political career suggests “that there are not only “second acts” in American lives, but that the Renaissance concept of the “fortunate fall” may be relevant here: one “falls” as Adam and Eve “fell”; one sins and repents and is forgiven, provided that one remakes one’s life…

Mary Jo Kopechne was put on Earth to make Edward Kennedy, to give America a truly Kennedy-tastic senator.

Iowahawk remembers

Gallery is here.

Edward Kennedy’s Life And Funeral In Pictures



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