I have seen commentary from many blogs about the joy and happiness they feel because the matted and mangy “Liberal Lion” from Massachusetts has gone on to take his dirt nap.
Many have recounted the destructive policies he championed, and the damage done when his advocacy was successful. I agree wholeheartedly with that analysis. I am diametrically opposed to almost everything Ted Kennedy stood for.
I guess that means I am supposed to feel elated that he is no longer with us.
Eh, not really. Honestly when I heard the news, I felt little. No sadness, but no joy either. Slightly curious from a historical perspective, but that’s about it.
Most of my interest is in seeing how his fellow travelers will use his death to advance their agenda on health care reform. I can’t wait for the Paul Wellstone like “rally”. Perhaps they could have Teddy K. embalmed, drag his corpse to the Senate, Weekend at Bernie’s style, and have him vote one more time for old times sake. “What a moment”! as Jim Nantz might say.
I have never had the hatred for Kennedy that a lot of conservatives have. Probably because I am to young to have witnessed many of his antics 1st hand. I was first aware of Kennedy in 1987 or so. I can vaguely remember seeing his wrinkled, puffy red face in the Robert Bork hearings. I was a wee lad, so I didn’t have a grasp of what the hearings were about.
To me, other than the media sycophants constantly evoking memories of Camelot, and liberal women wishing they could live like a princess in America’s “Royal” Family, Kennedy was just another disingenuous leftist politician.
I understand that a smug and pompous jerk, who avoided the consequences of his poor behavior thanks to family connections and wealth, can inspire a healthy dose of contempt. The double standards between his professed ideology and opulent lifestyle invoke feelings of disgust as well.
Is that a phenomenon unique to Ted Kennedy? Perhaps, but only in degree.
I can think of 5 or 6 leftist senators in office currently, that I loathe more. Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Barbara Boxer, Patrick Leahy and Chris Dodd for starters.
Kennedy wasn’t Karl Marx either. He didn’t invent the wheel. Simply, a rich, out of touch blowhard, of middling intelligence, that adopted left-wing politics for career ambitions and salvation for an imperfect personal life.
Does anyone believe that immigration policy would look much different today if Ted Kennedy had never served in the Senate? Some other left-wing, citizen of the world Utopian would have come along in the last 44 years and crammed similar legislation through. Same with all of the other garbage that Kennedy had a hand in foisting on America.
Kennedy wasn’t the cause of our societal ills. Just a symptom.