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Ted Kennedy: A Life (And a Review)


Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy

In today's Post, we review a new biography of Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy and seek to place him in the permanent political firmament -- not an easy task.

The book, written by a handful of Boston Globe political reporters and edited by D.C. Burea chief Peter Canellos, is a thorough treatment of Kennedy the public politician but, more interestingly, of Kennedy the private man. (Kennedy was tasked by the family with telling his father of the death of his older brother John and was the one who rode back from California with his brother Bobby's body.)

Time and time again, Kennedy's life story is interrupted by personal tragedies and self-inflicted wounds that would have almost certainly sidetracked any one of us. But Kennedy somehow used the pitfalls to strengthen him -- going from an impetuous youngest brother to the father-protector of his family's political brand.

We write:

"What, then, ultimately to make of Ted Kennedy? Here is a man born to great privilege and even greater expectations who achieved much but, in the end, saw tragedy and personal shortcomings circumscribe his life."

The book is a must-read for anyone who cares about politics over the past half century. Like him or not, Kennedy has been at its center.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2009; 1:04 PM ET
Categories:  Democratic Party , Fix Notes , Senate  
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Comments

Hey armpeg: You only touched the surface. Perhaps some people don't know the true history of the Kennedys. Try reading on how they made their fortune, like, involvement in slave trading, working with the British back when, you know just a few things that might be of interest. And lest we not forget their close associations with various banking institutions involved with the creation of the Federal Reserve. hmmmm interesting reading I must say. And didn't someone recently receive a medal/knighthood or some such from a foreign country that is against a certain section of the U.S. Constitution? I wonder.

Oh yes he was such an exemplary individual all his life.

Posted by: My-2cents-worth | March 31, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Teddy, be a gentleman just this once - stop keeping Satan waiting!

Posted by: us1156 | March 30, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I see Edward more as a sad character than a villain...one who battled life and circumstance and great loss. He is a tragic figure even against his family's backdrop of immense tragedy.

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 30, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

armpeg the sewer scum, always here, aren't you? th little neonazi with no life. seems to be so many of them.

Posted by: drindl | March 30, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

One wonders what this world would be like if Ted Kennedy had stepped in, taken the delegates that his brother Robert had won, and wrested the democratic nomination from Humphrey in 1968. It was his for the taking but he thought that there would be other opportunities later on. So he told Mayor Daley not to bother, that he did not want it. Considering how close Humphrey came with Lyndon Johnson tied like an anvil around his neck, you have to believe that he would have beaten Nixon. The history of this country would have been far different beginning with an early exit from Vietnam. And perhaps a world without Bushies, another blessing.

Posted by: Opa2 | March 30, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

i agree completely with armpeg. the kennedys were and are scumbags. jfk wentback on his word to give the valiant invaders of cuba (brigade 2056) air cover. if i had done the manslaughter of mary ann kopechne i would have done jail time and would have got punked in jail. jk rockville, md.

Posted by: nospinzone1 | March 29, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

i agree completely with armpeg. the kennedys were and are scumbags. jfk wentback on his word to give the valiant invaders of cuba (brigade 2056) air cover. if i had done the manslaughter of mary ann kopechne i would have done jail time and would have got punked in jail. jk rockville, md.

Posted by: nospinzone1 | March 29, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh. Wrong copy and paste. It's Kopechne, with an "n" and a "ch", not a "k".

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 29, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh. Wrong copy and paste. It's Kopechne, with an "n" and a "ch", not a "k".

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 29, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

By the way armpeg, if you're going to bother posting this, you should have the decency to get her name right. It's Kopecky, no "n".

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 29, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I wondered how long it would take for a nasty post to arrive. Nice touch claiming that she was pregnant (and implying murder).

Just wrong about the source--I had my money down on Koz.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 29, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

All one needs to know about Ted Kennedy is what this scumbag did to a young girl working on his behalf in his election campaign, and how this coward ran away. Her name was Mary Joe Kopeckney, and many still believe she was carrying Ted Kennedy's baby.
Driving home with Mary Joe from a party late at night--and probably so drunk that he couldn't see straight--he drove off of a small bridge into the bay. With the rear end of his car sticking out of the salt water, hero Ted Kennedy, not caring about Mary Joe and only worried about getting charged with a DUI, ran away. He didn't report this until the next day, when he showed up at the Police Station surrounded by a half-dozen lawyers, now sober as a judge. The authorities then had Teds car pulled out, where they found Mary Joe Kopeckney dead in the passengers seat, having drowned. Ted Kennedy, being a Democrap big shot in Mass. politics and the fix being in, received a pat on the wrist, and a stern(?) talking to. He paid off the Kopeckney family for their dead daughter, who was then burried lightning fast without an autopsy (the reason many people believe that there was more than one body being burried).
Epilogue: Ted Kennedy several weeks ago received the "Profiles in Courage" award from the JFK Center, a award given annually "to public servants who have made courageous decisions of conscience".
Bozo Barack Obama and the rest of the far-left Democrap Socialists in attendance applauded wildly and enthusiasticaly. Their Hero!

Posted by: armpeg | March 29, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The Globe has some additional material on its website with photo galleries, videos, etc. Really interesting stuff.
http://www.boston.com/news/specials/kennedy/

Posted by: andrea81 | March 29, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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