published Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Edward M. Kennedy

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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JohnnyRingo said...

Rest In Peace Ted. Very classy tribute Clay.

August 27, 2009 at 12:38 a.m.
EaTn said...

The Kennedy's have been a major part of the lives of us early baby boomers. As a HS senior I witnessed the death of the president then visited his early grave with the flame in DC on my senior trip. As senior in college I saw the scene repeated with Robert. And with Ted we watched him endure public scrutiny which seemed to push him harder to continue the family passion for helping those who had not shared in his American dream. I will miss him.

August 27, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
woody said...

Clay, this is your best, to date. A fitting tribute to a man, destined to always remain in the 'shadow' of two older brothers.

Chappaquiddick aside, he was likely the best of bunch. If only.........

Woody

August 27, 2009 at 6:02 a.m.
AndrewLohr said...

True love faces facts; faces them as nicely as may be, but does face them. When I die, I'll want those I leave behind on earth to know the truth, however ugly or doubtful, about whether I went to Heaven or to Hell. Use me as an object lesson to warn those left behind (Luke 16:19-31!) So I'm glad to learn from the Times editorial that Senator Kennedy admitted some personal faults and said he was sorry; nothing could be more hopeful than repenting, and of course, even if all the worst rumors about him were true (which I doubt, though I guess he admitted some were true) he did nothing Jesus can't handle, if he did take his sins to Him, including his political sins--I wish I knew he had. My condolences to those who miss Mr Kennedy personally. Mr Bennett, for your next obituary you might want to practice drawing a few storm clouds, or sailing off the edge of the world?

August 27, 2009 at 6:38 a.m.
InspectorBucket said...

"When I die, I'll want those I leave behind on earth to know the truth, however ugly or doubtful, about whether I went to Heaven or to Hell."

Whatever in the world are you talking about, Andrew?

From an orthodox Christian point of view, this statement is highly dubious. What mortal could really presume to say whither anyone will go when he or she goes into the undiscovered country?

From a secular point of view, it is all blather.

"Mr Bennett, for your next obituary you might want to practice drawing a few storm clouds, or sailing off the edge of the world?"

Now that is a bit better, and more understandable--a comic cartoonist imagination!

August 27, 2009 at 8:40 a.m.
aae1049 said...

What a wonderful drawing.

August 27, 2009 at 8:47 a.m.
OllieH said...

I'd like to add my kudos to Clay for a beautiful tribute to Kennedy. I notice that you even had him sailing away in his beloved schooner 'MYA'. Very nice attention to detail.

August 27, 2009 at 8:57 a.m.
chs61 said...

Thanks Clay, even Ted would love this

August 27, 2009 at 10:22 a.m.
Clara said...

Thanks Clay! Nicely done.

August 27, 2009 at 10:34 a.m.
miraweb said...

Rest in peace, Ted.

August 27, 2009 at 10:48 a.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

Fair winds and following seas.

August 27, 2009 at 10:55 a.m.
jackson_pe said...

I wonder if Mary Jo is below gasping for air!

August 27, 2009 at 10:55 a.m.
OllieH said...

Classy, jackson_pe!

Man, there's one in every crowd.

August 27, 2009 at 11:04 a.m.
maj said...

OllieH, What's wrong with jackson_pe's comment? Do you not think she gasped for air when she was drowning in that car? No one will ever know exactly what happened at Chappaquiddick, but it's fairly safe to say he didn't do what was best for that young woman. Had his actions been different, she may be alive today. You may love Kennedy's beliefs, ideas, and politics, but I think it's only natural to have a sour taste in your mouth when you think of that incident. He got 77 years; Mary Jo did not.

August 27, 2009 at 2:10 p.m.
trburrows said...

maj

I'm with you on this. If anyone else had ran their car with a friend into the water and went home and called nobody, no 911, no emt, no cop, nobody for 8 hours knowing now they are dead they would be under the jail. While he was a good senator, as far as a human being, he was scum.

August 27, 2009 at 2:49 p.m.
rolando said...

Mary Jo wasn't the only young lady to suffer at the hands of the Kennedy's.

Hopefully there aren't any on-board.

Sailing into a ball of fire somehow seems appropriate for him...

Good 'toon, Clay, regardless.

August 27, 2009 at 2:57 p.m.
jackson_pe said...

Oh man, Looks like there is more than one in this crowd.

August 27, 2009 at 3:12 p.m.
OllieH said...

You're right, he didn't report the accident for eight hours, but it was still just that- an accident.

Kennedy drove off a dangerous bridge, on an unlit road, in the middle of the night. After being lucky enough to escape the flooded car himself, he continued diving into the inky water in an attempt to save Mary Jo Kopechne.

Having suffered a concussion in the crash, disoriented from the experience, and exhuasted from fighting the strong currents of the spillway, Kennedy eventually swam to shore unable to save the passenger in his Oldsmobile.

He plead guilty to his only crime- leaving the scene of an accident- and took complete responsibility for his actions. It was a tragedy that was, undoubtedly, handled badly by a man who was being managed by a political campaign.

But despite his years of service to this country, regardless of the countless programs and initiatives that were championed by this great senator, after all that he and his family has suffered in service to this country, Ted Kennedy's career still comes down to that one night in 1969.

It's just not fair.

If you want to negate the contributions of a man that has probably done more to improve the lives of Americans than any single politician in the past 50 years, because of a tragic accident that happened forty years ago, then your judgment is no better than Ted Kennedy's was on that night in 1969.

August 27, 2009 at 5:03 p.m.
samplegirl said...

Well I guess in the true spirit of compassionate conservatism some posters have once again proven themselves as nothing more than bitter horrible mindless rightwing attack dogs.

Not to worry Ted as we will continue to be the real fighters for a better america. You were amazing now go and rest my dear friend.

August 27, 2009 at 9:01 p.m.
rolando said...

All of that came from Ted himself without verification, OllieH.

Did you expect him to say [with his lawyers' help] that he had had his hand where it didn't belong, lost control and went off the bridge, escaped from the car and immediately swam to shore leaving the girl to fend for herself? Might not be what happened...I wasn't there to see it, but his version of the story is the only one told.

Eight hours was time enough for most any substance to leave the body. We never got the results of his bloodtest [if one was even done] nor HER autopsy, did we? Many, many unanswered questions...again.

Ted was not a paragon of virtue in his private life, then or later. He was like most Congressmen in that respect; neither the great saint he is now made out to be nor a great sinner...for good or bad, he was just a Senator with lots of seniority from an uber-liberal state.

And yes, that night defined him...and cost him the Presidency. As it should have done.

In any case, he has answered to the Ultimate Authority.

August 27, 2009 at 9:04 p.m.
maj said...

OllieH, You make it all sound so innocent and completely accidental... you don't think he possibly could have been afraid of being caught with a young girl while he was a married man, do you? You don't think he could've possibly wanted to avoid being caught drinking and driving? He screwed up big time, and it speaks very much to his character. How many politicians preach one thing and live their lives in a completely different manner? He was a hypocrite, plain and simple...

And, these hypocrites are on BOTH sides of the political fence, so I don't say this just because he was a Democrat. I say it because it's the truth. Goodness knows most of you on here wouldn't exactly be singing George Bush's praises if he'd been driving that car and then died years later.

August 27, 2009 at 9:16 p.m.
rolando said...

There are a number of us out here, jackson_pe. The top three Kennedy's had and have way too much mystery and too many unanswered questions surrounding their lives and deaths...

The blood thins out the further it gets from JFK and RFK. IMO, John, Jr was the only one fit to wear the crown.

August 27, 2009 at 9:22 p.m.
OllieH said...

rolando and maj -

You're right, I have no proof that the story that was reported by Senator Kennedy is true.

But you have no proof that the story wasn't.

Yet here you are, impugning the reputation of a man (on the occasion of his death) with a story that reflects your own prurient suspicions, fueled by your own partisan prejudices.

Everything I've heard about Teddy Kennedy over the past several days presents the picture of a man who is genuinely caring and compassionate to all, despite their political affiliation. I don't think either of you need to worry about being eulogized in quite the same way.

August 27, 2009 at 10:53 p.m.
alprova said...

Following the reading of a book many years ago that was devoted to the events of that might -- a book that I still have on my shelf, I formed the opinion that Ted Kennedy had gotten away with much more than he should have, but I fall very short of calling it murder. His actions were extremely negligent, but nothing he did was criminal in nature.

All theories aside, Ted Kennedy made a great many wrong decisions that night. He was suffering from a concussion, but that doesn't completely excuse or exonerate all of his conscience actions that night. During many interviews for a period of time following the incident, he did take some responsibility for those decisions, but fell short of making declarations that would convict him, so to speak.

I don't think for one second that he meant to harm the woman, and I do think he did try to reach her. It was pitch black and the car was completely submerged. I doubt that anyone on earth could have reached her before she drowned. How long she may have lived after the car plunged in the water is mere speculation. I doubt that she would have been found alive had he went to the nearest house, called police, and waited for help, which would have been the most responsible thing to have done at the time.

Most people are critical of the fact that he did not contact the Kopechne family following her death. To have done so, and to have expressed any responsibility or remorse for her death, would have opened him up to criminal or civil actions against him. It's unfortunate, but that is the way our legal system works. He was an attorney long before he was a Senator.

Stories have come out over the past 48 hours, most of which are very positive in nature. The man was not a monster, and in fact, many of the stories outline the fact that he worked very hard for people who could not so much as vote for him.

The one that gave me a glimpse into the man's soul can be read here:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/08/26/littlest.refusenik.kennedy/index.html

Maj, you may or may not know that the former First Lady was involved in a fatal car accident while she was a teenager. I was horrified to read some of the tripe that departed from the facts. People tried to imply that the Bush family covered it up, despite the fact that this was about a decade before she met her husband. Others wrote that she was drunk when it happened.

I corrected people every time I ran across those literal lies. The girl who became our First Lady ran a stop sign -- nothing more, nothing less. She had passengers in the car at the time and was likely distracted. She knew the boy who was killed in the other car, and may have dated him at one time. She too was not charged with any crime.

I'm not in any manner attempting to contrast the two incidents, but I just wanted to point out the fact that not everyone looks at things, all the time, from a political point of view.

August 28, 2009 at 1:36 a.m.
rolando said...

OllieH -- What you hear are called "eulogies" and are glowing, frequently exaggerated, positive accounts after death of life's accomplishments. That doesn't mean we should suddenly forget about the not-so-positive things.

The man's soul can no doubt be found floating near Chappaquiddick...or it should be.

August 28, 2009 at 8:09 a.m.
maj said...

alprova, I appreciate your more nonpartisan opinion on this... that is really the only point I was trying to make. The point that had this been a Republican, it would've been fine (on this comment section) to bring up what he/she had done in the past instead of focusing on their achievements. I am well aware of what Laura Bush was involved with but, like you said, she was a teenager at the time, and she wasn't involved in any scandalous activity, like Kennedy likely was with this young woman at the time. I think she may have made some poor choices at the time of her accident as well, but she wasn't in quite the position that Kennedy was at the time of his accident. Kennedy was a hero to many, especially those more on the liberal side. For me, and this goes with ANY politician on EITHER side, it's hard to focus solely on the politics when the personal life is so messed-up. The Kennedys tend to be very idealistic, and they tend to live their lives in a "rules don't apply, beyond the law" sort of manner. I have always found this frustrating.

OllieH, I think you'd be surprised to know that politics really aren't a very big part of my life at all. I enjoy a little debate on these cartoons, and that's about as far as my differences of opinion (politics-wise) ever go. If you were offended by anything I said, that's a shame. I just find it very off-putting that people make out Kennedy to be some sort of saint, while ignoring some rather large personal flaws. There's a lot more to someone's worth than what they did in terms of politics. Personally, I'm much more impressed when someone can be a faithful, loyal husband with genuine respect for others. I've said several prayers for Kennedy, as well as for his grieving family. You know nothing of my caring or compassion, thank you very much.

August 28, 2009 at 8:10 a.m.
rolando said...

Oh yeah, OllieH, my opinions about the Senator have nothing whatsoever to do with partisanship. That accusation is insulting, especially since those opinions were formed during the events described and its aftermath. Incidentally, I was a registered Democrat at the time and had voted for JFK and would have for RFK. Then I grew up.

August 28, 2009 at 8:13 a.m.
trburrows said...

OllieH

You started this with a smart alec statement. He is no more a saint than any of us. So just suck it up. Also alprova, leaving the scene of a crime or accident when someone is hurt or dead is a crime. TK thought he was above the law several times in his family's life and he is still scum.

August 28, 2009 at 9:11 a.m.
Clara said...

I hate to pick on you Clay, because the idea was very effective and a very nice tribute, but...,has anyone on this blog sailed or crewed and noticed the position of the flag, the water, the sails etc.

The boat is listing to starboard, as it should but somehow the flag and the waves seem wrong as do the sails.

I know! Picky! Picky,

I'll shut up now.

August 28, 2009 at 10:53 a.m.
Snooksie said...

Ted Kennedy should have went to jail for that murder. That is exactly what it was, murder. People go to jail all the time for accidents behind the wheel. Its called vehicular homicide. It may have been just an accident but he should have got some sort of punishment just like average people do everyday. He didn't call the police for 8 hours. Casey Anthony didn't call the police for a month when she murdered her daughter but she is still guilty. Ted Kennedy waited 8 hours while an innocent person drowned. It's called murder.

August 28, 2009 at 11:12 a.m.
OllieH said...

trburrows writes, "he is still scum."

Senator Kennedy would never use that kind of language to describe anyone. So, I'm afraid your words define you more than they do Ted Kennedy.


rolando writes, "my opinions about the Senator have nothing whatsoever to do with partisanship."

I claim your bitterness and venom is inspired by your political opposition to Kennedy, you claim it's not. Well, I'll let the regular participants in this forum decide who's closer to the truth on this one, rolando. That doesn't bode well for your supposition, though.


rolando also writes, "The man's soul can no doubt be found floating near Chappaquiddick...or it should be."

Now you're damning Kennedy's eternal soul? Wow, that's seriously twisted for someone who has no partisan prejudice in the matter. You're so eaten up with anger and hostility, rolando. I feel sorry for you.

August 28, 2009 at 12:06 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

"The man's soul can no doubt be found floating near Chappaquiddick...or it should be."

Now that is spooky, Rolando. Maybe you are really a ghost story writer at heart?

I can already hear the locals rehearsing the legend of the wet footprints that reappear every year on a certain evening. . . . .

It is curious and very human, all of this sending of the Senator into variously imagined Hades or Elysian fields. Folklore, fancy, and myth certainly are alive and well in 21st century Tennessee.


As for me, I will follow the poet, whose words are not unfit for Clay's cartoon:

We are not sure of sorrow, And joy was never sure; To-day will die to-morrow; Time stoops to no man's lure; And love, grown faint and fretful, With lips but half regretful Sighs, and with eyes forgetful Weeps that no loves endure.

From too much love of living, From hope and fear set free, We thank with brief thanksgiving Whatever gods may be That no life lives for ever; That dead men rise up never; That even the weariest river Winds somewhere safe to sea. Then star nor sun shall waken, Nor any change of light:

Nor sound of waters shaken, Nor any sound or sight: Nor wintry leaves nor vernal, Nor days nor things diurnal; Only the sleep eternal In an eternal night.

August 28, 2009 at 12:08 p.m.
OllieH said...

Is there such a thing as grammatical homicide?

My apologies in advance. I just couldn't resist.

August 28, 2009 at 12:08 p.m.
nativecitizen said...

snookies is right. If it had been anyone else driving and left the scene, which ended up with a drowned girl, who was not his wife, would have been at least charged with a crime, other than leaving the scene. This will follow him for eternity. At least now Mary Jo can ask him WHY?

August 28, 2009 at 12:38 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

"This will follow him for eternity. At least now Mary Jo can ask him WHY?"

These fantasies are revealing. . . .

Why torture your imaginations by making up imaginary tortures for these dead people?

Live as you can. It ends when it ends.

August 28, 2009 at 12:51 p.m.
nativecitizen said...

Live as you can. It ends when it ends.

You may be right. However, I would rather live like there is a Heaven and find out there isn't one than to live like there isn't a Heaven and find out there is one.

PEACE to you and yours.

August 28, 2009 at 1:27 p.m.
Clara said...

Inspector Bucket,

Nice poem!

August 28, 2009 at 1:43 p.m.
InspectorBucket said...

"PEACE to you and yours."

Amen and salam alikom and salud and pax vobiscum and (most vitally on a wet afternoon) a cup of cheer to that, nativecitizen.

Follow your path, with excellence, charity, and peace.

August 28, 2009 at 2:06 p.m.
dtsDadof6 said...

I wonder what kind of contribution to our nation and our world Mary Jo and the victim of Donte Stallworth's drunk driving might have made … if only they had lived? Meanwhile, the rich and the powerful skate … and earn the plaudits of their friends.

August 28, 2009 at 2:40 p.m.
rolando said...

"...the legend of the wet footprints..." That one almost got the shivers going. Never meant my comment to be poetic; you lay out a nicely turned phrase, yourself...as I have commented before.

August 28, 2009 at 2:53 p.m.
rolando said...

OllieH, 'Twas not Ted's Party that set my opinion of the man but rather the man's actions after the fact and those of his entire clan that set the concrete. Most reprehensible actions at that...although a rather rich man, he was but a minor political figure with a well-known name at the time. Sorta like Patrick today.

Anytime the law is subverted to accommodate a political figure, it upsets me. Having seen so much of it, I particularly despise those who injure women and children, through commission or omission. Criminal law recognizes and grants nothing special because of political party or social standing...nor do I in that regard.

I do note, though, that H. Reid and Co are trying their best to subvert the Massachusetts law of succession...for the party, of course and only to ensure his filibuster-proof Senate. Now THAT is partisanship in pointed shovels.

August 28, 2009 at 3:16 p.m.
alprova said...

trburrows wrote: "...alprova, leaving the scene of a crime or accident when someone is hurt or dead is a crime..."

It doesn't quite rise to the level as "a crime." It's a misdemeanor in all 50 states. Kennedy WAS charged with leaving the scene of an accident, and he received a suspended sentence. To ward off any accusations of impropriety on the part of the Chappaquiddick authorities, there was a Grand Jury investigation, and Kennedy was not charged with any wrongdoing, other than for leaving the scene of an accident.

I happen to think that the man deserved to be charged with something a little more substantial, but when it comes right down to it, there are only three parties who know what happened that night. There is Kennedy of course, Mary Jo Kopechne, and God himself.

No one on earth can do a thing about it, and my faith gives me every reason to believe that it may well have all been sorted out between those three by now.

I do not like to judge people without clear and concise evidence on hand to interpret the facts.

The man was from a rich family that made their fortune selling illegal booze. He was Irish, so he drank like a fish. He screwed up one night and a woman died. He's not the first and he won't be the last. In between all of this, the man was beloved for his politics by those who voted him in term after term. Now he's gone.

Rolando, I'm going to side with you on your take regarding the subject of picking a replacement for Kennedy. The call to revoke the law that was put in place to keep a Democrat in John Kerry's seat, to once again allow the Democratic Governor to pick one to replace Kennedy, is indeed slimy. It is also very hypocritical. Kennedy himself called for the reversal just before he died in a written letter to the Governor. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, but I do think the voters should do it.

It would seem at this point to be the fairest of solutions now, if it was thought to be the same five years ago.

August 28, 2009 at 6:18 p.m.
rolando said...

Your definition of "crime" generally agrees with Black's, alprova...which goes on for some time but is summarized in the 2nd sentence, 2nd para which states:

"'Crime' and 'misdemeanor', properly speaking, are synonymous terms; though in common usage 'crime' is made to denote such offenses as are of a more serious nature."

I seem to recall the Grand Jury thing...which implies felonies were considered. I found it puzzling when it became clear there was no evidence publicly disclosed that he committed such a crime.

Haven't thought of these particulars in years...most unpleasant since it drags the whole clan's mess up again.

August 28, 2009 at 10:53 p.m.
alprova said...

Well, let's be pragmatic for a moment.

If you receive a speeding ticket, that is a misdemeanor offense that will be entered on your record, IF you pay the fine or are convicted of the offense of speeding while operating your motor vehicle.

I don't think that most people consider speeders to be criminals, even if they technically are charged and convicted of a prosecutable offense.

In 1969, or was it 1970?...when Ted Kennedy drove into the water, he would have had no choice at all but to leave the scene of that accident to get help. As rich as he was, cell phone technology simply did not exist for anyone, and even now that it does, a cell phone once submerged in water would be useless.

The fact that he waited eight hours to make any attempt to contact authorities is the compelling issue that has always surrounded the case, and like most people, I feel he waited to do it so that he could sober up. So, he may well have covered up a potential criminal act of driving while likely intoxicated. I don't know what DUI laws were like at that time. I'm sure they were not as stringent as they are now. I tend to doubt that they were felony DUI laws on the books back then.

Did he "allow her" to drown, has been the question of the century. There never was an official autopsy performed on Ms. Kopechne, so it will forever remain a mystery as to whether she died from drowning or due to some other cause. The family prohibited any autopsy from being performed on Ms Kopechne.

Cars have never been airtight, and they certainly were not back then. She had minutes, at best, before the car would have been completely full of water. I seriously doubt that if she was not conscience enough to free herself, no one could have saved her.

I'm in no way attempting to impugn her, but I would have never allowed anyone who was even slightly inebriated to drive me around the block, much less over roads that were around water.

I did see a couple of things tonight on CNN that I did not know. Senator Kennedy attended Ms. Kopechne's funeral. He also made a public statement on television following the accident, accepting full responsibility for her death and apologizing for his actions, and lack thereof, on that night.

I doubt anyone would be brave enough to do the same in the year 2009, because a dozen lawyers would be falling all over themselves to file a civil suit on behalf of the family.

August 29, 2009 at 2:32 a.m.
toonfan said...

nativecitizenwrites, "If it had been anyone else driving and left the scene, which ended up with a drowned girl, who was not his wife, would have been at least charged with a crime, other than leaving the scene."

What does the marital status of drowning victim have anything to do with anything? Would it have been any less horrible if it had been his wife in the car? In fact, the circumstances of the car trip really had nothing to do with the only provable crime, which was- leaving the scene of an accident.

Surely, Kennedy received kid-glove treatment, but name me one sitting US Senator that wouldn't have. He was sentenced to two months for leaving the scene of an accident, and his sentence was suspended.

nativecitizen then goes on to state, "This will follow him for eternity. At least now Mary Jo can ask him WHY?"

Do you mean Chappaquiddick will literally follow him like a grim specter in some sort of eternal afterlife, or do you mean that this will forever be a part of his legacy? If you mean the latter, that's hard to dispute, but if you meant the former, that sounds kind of fantastical.

But if Ted Kennedy is wandering around some sort of eternal afterlife, being followed by the grim specter of the Chappaquiddick tragedy, and Mary Jo Kopechne bumps into him and asks him the question "why?", I would imagine his answer would be, 'Because it was pitch black, the bridge was too narrow, and it had no guardrails."

August 29, 2009 at 7:29 p.m.
rolando said...

In Kennedy's case, it had everything to do with it. If it had been his wife he would have drowned saving her [presuming he cared for her at all, probably not since he divorced her later.] Further, he wouldn't have left the scene if he hadn't been driving around doing who knows what before he went over the edge. [He would have been at the ferry.] No matter how you try to spin it, alprova, Mary Jo's death was tied directly to Teddy-boy.

Look what happened in the press to Sanford compared to Edwards. Oh, that's right...Sanford is "only" a Governor and a fair target Republican.

Have you seen the afterlife to speak so authoritatively about it? The bridge wasn't particularly narrow as such things go...and presumably he had his headlights on [unless he was trying to remain hidden]. Two questions -- why did he drive onto it and why did he go to such lengths to turn sharply onto the comparatively narrow unpaved road leading to it? The bridge had a high "curb" along the edge...he would have felt the lurch if he had been driving carefully [instead of recklessly?] Reckless driving leading to a death is a much more serious offense, isn't it? Manslaughter, or something, right? A felony. And so a real reason for the Grand Jury is perhaps appearing, nes ce pax?

Besides, Mary Jo already knows why.

August 31, 2009 at 12:14 a.m.
alprova said...

Here: Look at the bridge as it was then and as it is today.

Then:

http://www.upi.com/topic/Mary_Jo_Kopechne/photos/pg-8/

Today:

http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/1989587.jpg

For your information Rolando, the car did not go into the water from the bridge. He went off the road just before the bridge. His speed was estimated and testified by all experts to have been 20 mph. That's hardly reckless driving.

I re-read the testimony given during the inquest, and there are two reasons why charges were never pressed against him, save for leaving the scene of the accident. Others present at the party that night including those who were very close to Ms. Kophechne, substantiated his testimony that he had not imbibed heavily on the night in question and that several hours had passed after his last drink. A physician testified that he was positively diagnosed with having suffered a concussion from the wreck, who went on to offer plausible reasons for some, but not all of his odd behavior during the aftermath.

Regarding the bridge: Not only was it narrow enough for only one vehicle to cross at a time, it had absolutely no guard rails on it in 1969. It has not been widened one inch to date since 1969, but as the photos show, it now has wooden guard rails, that have actually narrowed the bridge even more.

Your opinion on the matter is simply that...an opinion. If TWO purposely chosen, independent Grand Juries, who saw and heard every shred of evidence that ever existed regarding the incident, did not see or hear enough to move them to press charges, then no one will ever change history to satisfy their sense of justice in the case. Many have tried. Seek the online FOIA files on the case to read about some of those efforts. They're a hoot.

And for the record, He was not exactly on home turf at the time. Chappaquiddick island is 67 miles from Cape Cod. I'm quite sure that the Kennedy's were well known to all in the area, but it's not as if he was a local. I have no doubt that every precaution was taken to assure a fair and impartial investigation was performed at the time.

As we all know though, nothing stops creative people from coming up with all kinds of conspiracy theories.

August 31, 2009 at 5:30 a.m.
OllieH said...

Rolando, I would save you're bile for arguments that you might be able to prove.

Throwing our mere speculation in an effort to disgrace a man who has just died comes off as unseemly.

August 31, 2009 at 9:27 a.m.
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