Ed Klein is a former editor of Newsweek and a friend of Ted Kennedy. Klein was on a radio show this week talking about his fallen friend. While filling the airwaves with praise and admiration for all things Ted, Klein let his guard down-way down- and said the following:
"I don't know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, "have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?" That is just the most amazing thing. It's not that he didn't feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too."
Don't believe me? Listen here: YouTube link.
Isn't it great to know that after causing Mary Jo's death and receiving no punishment under the law, Ted found the whole thing funny? That it was a source of amusement? Who is Ted's favorite comedian-Jeffrey Dahmer?
This reminds me of the Robert Chambers tape, where by using a doll, he made fun of his killing of Jennifer Levin. See the Chambers tape here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vCHgj3qOy8 (the first 2 minutes has it all.)
The difference between Chambers and Kennedy, of course, is that Chambers did 15 years in prison, and Teddy did 47 years in the Senate.
Can someone remind me once again why this man should be admired, revered and emulated?