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Moore and Kennedy

Yeah, yeah I know, Tu quoque, and I don’t care a red cent.  Kennedy was regaled as the Lion of the Senate.  At his death he received a virtual canonization mass:

 

 

My favorite sendoff for Kennedy, to highlight the difference in treatment of Moore and Kennedy, came with this piece of bilge written by Melissa Lasky at Huffington Post:

 

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.

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.

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.

When liberals attempt to assert the moral high ground in regard to Moore, please always recall that for most of them such maneuvers are merely tactical in nature.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

8 Comments

  1. If it were not for double standards, they would not have any.

    In a world where everything is politicized and facts don’t matter . . .

  2. I remember well a conversation I had with a older liberal few years ago, when I asked him about some shenanigans in local politics leading to a candidate he favored winning. He simply said “We won!”
    Clearly for him and others of his mold: “the ends justified the means.”
    No moral compass.

  3. The, “At least he’s not Ted Kennedy.” defense certainly has merit. But it is obviously not a ringing endorsement of Judge Moore.

    If someone ever trotted that one out for me, I would be proud to withdraw in disgrace.

  4. It’s not a defense of Moore, who has other defenses. It’s a discussion of the humbug which infests the political culture. I’ve been having discussions with partisan Democrats on this event and they are simply insufferable.

  5. Poetically Kennedy was “black” (good) and Moore is “white” (bad). The MSM is, of course, “black” and god knows they’re always gonna look out for another “brother” even if he’s a ____________________er.

  6. I had a dear friend who (on account of his employment with an affiliate of New York’s garment unions) who was tasked to work on Robert Kennedy’s 1964 Senate campaign. He met Kennedy in impromptu settings and got a close look on how he interacted with his camarilla. He was pounding the pavement for Eugene McCarthy four years later. That’s how people with a satisfactory moral compass reacted to the Kennedy court.

    I have no use for the Cardinal-Archbishop of Boston.

  7. It was a different time back then. A Democrat was in office. OK, so not actually a different time, because things were restrictive back then, but more like a different standard. It was a different time in the 1990’s, too, for some reason. Then we became enlightened and learned to respect women. Then about a year ago it was a different time again, because a Clinton was running for office, and haven’t we moved past all this? Now it’s a more enlightened time, and it’ll remain so for about, I’m guessing, three years. Maybe seven.

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