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.
EXCUSE ME? If that’s true, it makes Kennedy kind of a monster. The odd thing is that if you listen to the whole show, the tone of everyone involved is nauseatingly hagiographic and reverential. Klein apparently let his guard down a bit; after he lets it slip Kennedy liked to joke about the woman he killed you can actually hear in his voice that he’s trying to backpedal. The show actually cuts to a break as he’s trying to explain himself, and I seriously wonder if it wasn’t the producers trying to do Klein a favor. But I’m sorry, there appears to be little to that could explain this. It goes way beyond “you had to be there.”
Ed Morrissey has the audio:
For more on Ted Kennedy’s moral turpitude, here’s A SOBER LOOK AT TED KENNEDY from nineteen years ago by Mike Kelly.
Ace reminds us that Mike Kelly died heroically
Mike Kelly, by the way, died heroically in a car accident. I say heroically because he was covering the Iraq War when the car he was in flipped over.
Also via Ace, Where’s Mary Jo Kopechne’s Eulogy?