Senator Ted Kennedy - A Retrospective

Senator Ted Kennedy - A Retrospective

Teddy Kennedy Timeline, Including “The Big One”, Chappaquidick

Edward (Ted) Kennedy enrolled in Harvard University in 1950, but was kicked out in 1951 after he was caught paying another student to take a Spanish test for him. He enlisted in the Army, but had a very undistinguished two-year career. He eventually returned to Harvard and got his degree.

In 1962, he finally got his first -- and last -- "real" job when he was elected to fill his brother Jack's vacant Senate seat. Fortunately, he had just turned 30, the minimum age to hold Senate office. And that's when things started going downhill.

After a party on Martha's Vineyard, Ted drove his car back towards the mainland. He drove off a bridge and dumped the car into a pond. He swam to shore, went to a hotel, chatted briefly with the clerk, and went to bed. In the morning, a fisherman spotted the car and reported it to the police.

And when the police recovered the car from the water, they found the body of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, a former campaign staffer for Robert's presidential bid and guest at the party. The coroner determined that she had survived the crash and had remained conscious for several hours in an airpocket in the submerged car before dying. [In other words, Mary Jo died after Kennedy left the scene with her still alive, without reporting the accident, and swam to the mainland to attempt to establish an alibi!]

Teddy eventually pleaded guilty to "leaving the scene of an accident causing injury" and was given two months in jail (suspended) and his driver's license was suspended.

Ted had married Virginia Joan Bennett in 1958, and they had three children. She stood by him through all his scandals and peccadillos, even his disastrous run for president in 1980. She endured all the jokes, snide remarks, and rumors about him (largely dealing with his fondness for women and strong drink), but they divorced in 1982. Since then, she has struggled with alcoholism. Recently, her grown children petitioned to be named her legal guardians, saying her alcoholism had left her unable to care for herself.

Kennedy's womanizing ways are a Washington legend. When a supermarket tabloid published pictures of Kennedy getting "amorous" with a woman on his sailboat, one of his colleagues (Senator Howell Heflin) remarked that it appeared that Kennedy "had done changed his position on offshore drilling." In 1985, he and Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd allegedly made a "waitress sandwich" at a DC restaurant while their dates were in the rest room.
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An Official Version of the Kennedy/Dodd "Waitress Sandwich" - New York Magazine
“Washington's Sexual Awakening
In the capital, rules about sex are made to be broken
By Eric Konigsberg , New York Magazine
Published Feb 2, 1998

According to news reports, those two liberal Democratic lions and champions of women's rights, Sen. Ted Kennedy, the noted midnight swimmer from Massachusetts, and his buddy Christopher Dodd of Connecticut were out one night drinking at La Brasserie, a Capitol Hill restaurant.

Dodd had so much to drink he slumped in a chair. Kennedy decided to liven things up. So he threw a waitress on top of Dodd. Then Kennedy jumped on the astonished woman."She was said to have run screaming from the room," according to a lengthy 1991 profile on Dodd in the Hartford Courant.”
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Another Version of the Kennedy/Dodd “Waitress Sandwich”, from The Waitress's Point of View

The victim herself detailed the attack for Penthouse magazine in 1989, which was summarized by the Washington Times:

"When she put in an appearance in their private retreat - 'The Teddy Kennedy Fun Room' - the Massachusetts senator picked her up and heaved her onto a table. The crystal candlesticks and champagne glasses shattered as he grabbed her again and flung her on top of Dodd.
"Then Kennedy threw himself on top of the woman. The waitress implored Mr. Kennedy to 'Get off me!'
"Another waitress entered to find 'things all tipped over and Kennedy was on top, [the waitress] was in the middle and Dodd was on the bottom.' At that point the sandwich was disassembled."
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The Palm Beach Rape - The Ted and Willie Show

The story would be a watershed in American political and sexual mythology. Generations of condoned womanizing by America’s royal family had led to this: a young woman, claiming she was raped at the famed Kennedy mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, in the early hours of Easter morning after a late-night drinking binge with Teddy, his son, and his nephew, William Kennedy Smith.

Willie, as he was known, son of Steve Smith, the late “fixer of Kennedy scandals, was accused in the biggest family disgrace since Chappaquiddick. This would be the first defining new story of our tenure at Hard Copy, and we were sure to come up against massive competition from A Current Affair. After all, Brennan and Dunleavy had written Those Wild, Wild Kennedy Boys back in the seventies—and it wouldn’t get much wilder than this.

Michelle Cassone, a young woman who claimed to have gone to the mansion with the victim the morning in question, accused Senator Ted of chasing her around in a nightshirt while his nephew was having his way with the victim out on the beach.

That about sums it up, the life and times of the Last Liberal Lion of the Senate -- a man who cheated in college; had an undistinguished military career; drove his first wife, Joan, to drink with his own drinking and philandering; drove off a bridge and left his passenger to drown while he swam to the mainland to pretend it never happened; used his power and position to get away with sexually harrassing women whose work brought them into contact with him; and was a participant in the sexual "shenanigans" of his nephew Willie after a night of debauchery and drinking!

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  • santa6642 2009/09/05 01:37:24
    teddy was a real piece of shit.
  • Ken "Do... santa6642 2009/09/05 06:09:07
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    I can't argue with that.
  • Hazel 2009/09/03 00:10:00
    Teddy, not only violated laws of the land, and moral laws but he violated the laws of his religion. As a supposed devout catholic he violated most every law of his church. laws violated laws religion supposed devout catholic violated law church
  • Ken "Do... Hazel 2009/09/03 02:53:33
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    Nothing I can argue with in that post!
  • SarahIone 2009/08/31 23:20:41
    As far as Joan's drinking goes: she is responsible for her own behavior. If she didn't like what was going on, she could have attended an Al-Anon meeting or two, got counseling, or walked through to door. All the rest is fair game.
  • Ken "Do... SarahIone 2009/09/01 04:15:27
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    True, but being trapped in a marriage to a womanizing drunk was certainly no help.
  • SarahIone 2009/08/31 23:18:50
    Only in Massachusetts.
  • 12 Tone Melody 2009/08/31 15:21:26
    12 Tone Melody
    What a miserable excuse for a human being
  • Red Buckeye 2009/08/31 09:24:47 (edited)
    Red Buckeye
    Dead Ted certainly left a long trail of death, destruction, and shame in his wake.....just like the true sociopath I always thought he was.
  • snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cl... 2009/08/31 06:27:01 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    His government gave him EVERYthing a well deserved high-ranking military official would receive at their funeral - meanwhile he nowhere NEAR deserved these accolades. Instead of celebrating a man who did much FOR the people - how about shaming him with all he did TO the people.

    The man was a well-practiced dirtbag most of his public (and private) life. I kept wondering when he would die - finally I was rewarded for my patience - He was vile!
  • Cookinfool 2009/08/30 04:51:10
    I will say this I have been extremely disturbed by the American Idolism here with "Teddy", but I will say Ted now will face our Almighty Creator as we all will someday follow suit. Remember all sins are equal but redemption is the same! We may know Ted's deeds; but only God knows his heart.
  • irnmadyn~NObama~ 2009/08/30 04:11:16
    The man was a real piece of work. He wouldn't have been anything save for the Kennedy name. I've never gotten over the fact that he got away with murder. He's going to need more than the blessing from the Pope to get him into the "next life". The buck finally stops here.
  • Winghunter 2009/08/29 13:45:44
    You won't see or hear this information anywhere else;

    ANDREW ROBERTS: The Obscenity of Giving Ted Kennedy a Knighthood

  • Ken "Do... Winghunter 2009/08/29 16:38:09
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    Terrific piece - I love the Daily Mail, they tell more truth about American politics than any of our own rags.

    "Without the tragedy of his brothers' assassinations, and the magic of his family name, Ted Kennedy would be nothing.
    'If your name was simply Edward Moore instead of Edward Moore Kennedy,' one Democratic rival for his Senate seat told him, 'your candidacy would be a joke."

    Truer words were never spoken!

    Just one slight correction, Teddy swam to his motel, he didn't walk. The ferry between Chappaquiddick and the mainland had closed, so Teddy swam across to the mainland, got into dry clothes, and then went down to the desk to complain about noise from a party near his room. It was clearlt an attempt to establish an alibi and avoid responsibility for the "accident."
  • Winghunter Ken "Do... 2009/08/30 03:06:56 (edited)
    The SOB couldn't swim well enough to save Mary Jo BUT, he could make it across to the mainland??

    Had I been that woman's father, America would never have suffered for 40 more years.
  • Civic Minded 2009/08/29 02:01:09
    Civic Minded
    Ted Kennedy in 1971:
    "Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized - the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old," wrote Kennedy in a letter to Catholic League member Tom Dennelly in 1971.

    "When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception."

    So what changed his mind?!
  • bob 2009/08/29 00:59:40 (edited)
    Can you imagine that? The asshole had money, and was riding on the coattails of his war hero brother. I loved JFK and was inspired by him to join the Navy in 1962. I spent a hell of a lot longer than a draftee (Teddy boy). 22 years is a hell of a lot longer than a derelict like ted.
    AE1 (AC) USN RET teddyt boy 22 years derelict ted ae1 ac usn ret
  • Ken "Do... bob 2009/08/29 04:01:04
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    Looks like an A-3 "Whale" in that photo!
  • Will on the road again 2009/08/28 20:05:38
    Will on the road again
    He was never a real man. He was just a silver spoon kid that never had to take responsibility for his actions. How anybody can call him a hero and get people to rally around him is well beyond my comprehension. real silver spoon kid responsibility actions hero people rally comprehension
  • bob Will on... 2009/08/29 01:01:07
    People are evidently stupid in his home state.

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