Today is the forty-fifth anniversary of the Chappaquiddick incident, where Ted Kennedy left Mary Jo Kopechne to die a slow death of asphyxiation in his submerged vehicle.
Here is Ted Kennedy’s non-mea culpa, notable for how little of the details of the incident he could recall, and an example of how to appear to take responsibility while not taking responsibility.
Any other American who failed to report a lethal accident such as this for such a lengthy period would probably have served some jail time, county or prison. Any other politician would have had his career destroyed. When Kennedy died he was referred to as “The Lion of the Senate” and Cardinal O’Malley presided over his
canonization funeral mass. I hope Ms. Kopechne received justice in the next world because she certainly received none in this. I make the same statement in regard to Mr. Kennedy, who in later years liked to joke about Chappaquiddick. I trust that in the world beyond he no longer finds those jokes quite as funny.
Update: Brian Cates has a series of tweets, go here to read them,which pull together the facts of Chappaquiddick.