Monday, September 12

KATRINA? DIDN'T YOU MEAN "KOPECHNE," SENATOR KENNEDY?

During the first day of U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts' nomination to the United States Supreme Court, the New York Times reports Senator Ted Kennedy as saying the following in a prepared statement:

The powerful winds and flood waters of Katrina tore away the mask that has hidden from public view the many Americans who are left out and left behind. As one nation under God, we cannot continue to ignore the injustice, the inequality and the gross disparities that exist in our society.

I couldn't agree with you more, Senator Kennedy. But I think you meant to say "Kopechne," not "Katrina." It was your abandonment of Mary Jo Kopechne -- a 28-year-old Capitol Hill secretary -- in your submerged automobile that went off the Dyke Bridge into a pond on Chappaquiddick Island on the night of July 18, 1969, that "tore away the mask ... hidden from public view." Your mask, Sir.

Ms. Kopechne was a young, single, American woman "left behind." Yours was "the injustice" done -- done to her. You left her to drown in 8 feet of water in an automobile that had three of its windows either open or smashed in, returned to the party that you and Mary Jo had left at Lawrence Cottage, and later had the energy to swim across a channel in the dark of night towards Edgartown and the temerity not to report the "accident" to police until the next day (although you were credited with reporting a noisy party back at your hotel that same night).

Your wealth and your expensive lawyers got you off the hook, treated as you were "like Massachusetts' royalty" by local authorities. You pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of leaving the scene of an accident and for that you got a two-month suspended sentence and one year's revocation of your driving privileges. Don't those facts point to "gross disparities that exist in our society" between the rich and the not-so-rich, between powerful men and "Boiler Room" girls?

HAT-TIP: The quotation cited appears in a post at "REDSTATE.ORG"