Sen. Ted Kennedy died earlier this week after serving for 47 years in his family’s apparently hereditary Senate seat. Normally, I subscribe to the admonition to not speak ill of the dead, which is why this blog made no note of Kennedy’s passing earlier.
However, sometimes people write things so jaw-droppingly outrageous that I am forced to break my rule, which is more of a guideline anyway.
We don't know how much Kennedy was affected by [Mary Jo Kopechne’s] death, or what she'd have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. What we don't know, as always, could fill a Metrodome.
Still, ignorance doesn't preclude a right to wonder. So it doesn't automatically make someone (aka, me) a Limbaugh-loving, aerial-wolf-hunting NRA troll for asking what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted's death, and what she'd have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded.
Who knows -- maybe she'd feel it was worth it.
Just how would this offer have been presented to Ms. Kopechne?
“Mary Jo, if you’d just die then this rich Kennedy scion will live for another 40 years, drinking, womanizing and enjoying the privileged life of a Senator. He will run unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for president in 1980 against an incumbent Democrat president. He won’t really pass any memorable legislation over those 47 years in congress. His most memorable moment will be slandering a Supreme Court nominee whom he disagrees with on judicial philosophy. So, Mary Jo, what do you think? Is that worth your life?”