Ted Kennedy, then a married man, took a 29 year old woman from a party, drove her off a bridge, and then spent the night trying to figure out how to pretend he wasn’t involved. Mary Jo Kopechne may not have died immediately. She may have spent as long as two hours alive in the submerged car.
If he had gone to the house you could see from the bridge, she might have been rescued. But Kennedy did what Kennedy always does. He thought about his political career. He went back to the party, passing several homes, then swam back to the other island. He never reported the accident. Fishermen found the car hours later. By then, he had sobered up, but everything about this stinks. He was seen drinking heavily. He had no driver’s license. He was driving the car she died in.
Any normal man would have been charged with vehicular manslaughter. Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, and went on with his life. It did prevent him from making a serious run for President, but the citizens of Massachusetts, in their wisdom, have elected him over and over to be their Senator.
Here’s a good link to the details of the crime: A Profile in Cowardice. You should click that link, you can come back here later. I assure you the details paint a much worse picture than my little outline.
This is old news to many people. It happened in 1969. MaryJo has been dead a long time. So long that the Democrats, who deep sixed John Edwards for (recently) having an affair while his wife battled cancer, thought they could resurrect the Kennedys by having Teddy speak at their convention. They weren’t wrong, the only mention of it in the televised coverage was sympathy for Ted Kennedy, a polite aside concerning the damage it did to his political career.
I am outraged. Not by Ted Kennedy, nothing that bottom feeding, womanizing, boozehound of a career politician could do would surprise me. No, I am outraged by the Democratic Party, bringing Ted back, giving him a stage to continue to spew his rhetoric. Any Democrat with any honor would have walked out. I am outraged with the press, so willing to jump Pr. Bush for things he did as a young man, but unwilling to call Sen. Kennedy to account. Outraged that Massachusetts would care so little about the moral fiber of their elected leaders that they could continue to send this man to Washington D.C. to represent them.
So, in the future, when people talk about Bill Clinton, or John Edwards, you can always say, “Hey, it could have worse, all they did was have sex with young women and lie about it. They didn’t drown the girls.” Then tell them about this young lady, and how she will never receive justice.
” Senator, do you know there’s a girl found dead in your car?”
– Antone Bettencourt – Chappaquiddick resident – 9:30 AM – Saturday – July 19, 1969