Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy

The Dream That Never Died

eBook - 2009
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Portrays the erratic side of Ted Kennedy and his former wife, Joan. But both in spirit and tone, it is a compassionate celebration of a complex man who, in the winter of his life, summoned the best in himself to come to the aid of his troubled nation.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 9780307451057
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
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Aug 18, 2017

Compares Ted Kennedy's personal misdeeds to his legislative effectiveness.
--- Ted often drank himself drunk. His flagrant adulteries turned his wife into a pathological alcoholic.
--- Ted was suspended from Harvard for having someone else take an exam for him.
--- On a flight, Ted insisted his pilot go on through dangerous weather. The plane crashed, killing the pilot and another passenger. Ted was injured; the Kennedies publicized his heroic recovery.
--- Leaving a drunken party, Ted drove his car off a bridge and it plunged under water. Ted escaped the car but left his young female companion Mary Jo Kopechne to die while he and his cronies tried to disguise what had happened. Ted wanted one of them to take the blame. Mary Jo lasted three hours in an air pocket before suffocating. A police diver could have saved her if Ted had reported the accident.
--- Ted led younger Kennedies in a drunken orgy that resulted in rape charges.
--- After Roe v Wade, Ted supported abortion including partial birth abortion. He probably hoped to overcome the resentment of female voters. Ted became a skilled legislative negotiator for Liberal measures. He believed the Kennedies deserved a perpetual seat in the US Senate. His father had said of Jack's seat, "I paid for it, it belongs to the family."
--- Ted collapsed and was diagnosed with fatal brain cancer. He stayed in office 15 months till he died. He should have resigned from the Senate at once. The Senate does not exist for the ego-gratification of its members, though many of them seem to think that. His seat should not have been held by a dying absentee. He showed contempt for constituents by clinging to it. (The same goes for John McCain.)
--- In spite of his bad personal behavior, Liberals hailed Ted as "the Lion of the Senate."


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