40th Anniversary of a Famous Liftoff, and an Infamous Splashdown

40th anniversaries abound this weekend. It’s the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon, and it’s also the 40th anniversary of the drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne at the hands of Ted Kennedy.

It was 40 years ago today that Ted Kennedy — selfless liberal Senate stalwart who has been lauded over the decades for being exceedingly generous with everybody else’s money — drove his car off a bridge on Martha’s Vineyard and fled the scene, leaving a woman to drown in the car. Kennedy didn’t call the police until the following morning when he sobered up.

He’s since been re-elected countless times. It requires some serious political skill and family pull to be able to kill one of your constituents and still win perpetual re-election.

Rich Noyes at Newsbusters reminds us of this media gem concerning Kennedy:

Perhaps the most egregious example of the liberal media planting a pro-Kennedy spin on Chappaquiddick came in a January 5, 2003 Boston Globe Magazine profile of Kennedy:

“If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age,” wrote the Globe’s Charles Pierce. The quote was recognized as the worst of the year at the MRC’s DisHonors Awards in 2004.

Wow — that’s like writing, “It’s too bad Nicole Brown Simpson didn’t live, because O.J. was going to give her a diamond the next day.”

But to my knowledge, Kennedy has never expressed remorse, admitted any wrongdoing, etc. If anything, the opposite is true — he’s rubbed it in the face of the Kopechne family and the rest of the public. I mean, naming your dog “Splash”? Titling your book “True Compass”? Come on

Q: Ted Kennedy is driving from Chappaquiddick to Edgartown. How long will it take him to get there?

A: Depends on the speed of the current.

I know Ted’s ill and I wish him all the best (voters there will only replace him with another ivory-tower out-of-touch, clueless Kennedy or somebody else even more liberal, so frankly I hope he sticks around), but jokes like that have been earned by Ted Kennedy. For many people — certainly the Kopechne family — that will be the Ted Kennedy legacy, even moreso than all the Generational Theft Acts that bear his name or are written in his honor.

Author: Doug Powers

Doug Powers is a writer, editor and commentator covering news of the day from a conservative viewpoint with an occasional shot of irreverence and a chaser of snark. Townhall Media writer/editor. MichelleMalkin.com alum. Bowling novice. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan. Contact: WriteDoug@Live.com.