Sunday, January 22, 2006
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Michael M. Bates
In his first run for the Senate, Edward Moore Kennedy's Democratic primary opponent looked him in the eye and said, "I ask, if his name was Edward Moore, with his qualifications - with your qualifications, Teddy - if it was Edward Moore, your candidacy would be a joke, but nobody's laughing."
They were too busy voting. With one brother in the White House and another running the Justice Department, the joke sailed to victory. With vigor, naturally.
More than four decades of senatorial bloviating later, Kennedy is still playing it for laughs. It's taken me a while to realize it, but I'm beginning to think the irrepressible Teddy has been teasing us all this time.
Take last week as an example. At the Alito hearings the Massachusetts solon had a flunky stand behind him holding a large card. The sign was titled, "Excerpt from Concerned Alumni of Princeton Magazine." The judge's membership in that organization had become an issue, at least for Teddy and comrades.
The excerpt was from a 1983 article and began: "People nowadays just don't seem to know their place. Everywhere one turns, blacks and Hispanics are demanding jobs simply because they're black and Hispanic. The physically handicapped are trying to gain equal representation in professional sports. And homosexuals are demanding the government vouchsafe them the right to bear children. And now ... and now come women.". ....................
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