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Queue the Soaring Rhetoric

Posted by redsatellite on May 21, 2008

I’m not going to kick him when he’s down. I’m not. Ted Kennedy has the fight of his life on his hands…so rather than lambaste him- which I normally do with relish– I want to put into CONTEXT the soaring praise and well wishes that have come flooding in like a Katrina in September.

This from the Dhali-bama:

Sen. Barack Obama said Tuesday that it is “heartbreaking” to hear that Sen. Edward Kennedy is suffering from a brain tumor, crediting the ailing lawmaker with making it possible for him to run for president.

“I would not be sitting here as a presidential candidate were it not for some of the battles he fought as a senator: He battled for voting rights and civil rights when I was a child. I stand on his shoulders,” Obama said. 

SAY WHAT?

Lyndon Johnson SIGNED the Civil Rights Act in 1964. Ted Kennedy had just replaced his brother John in 1962 when JFK became President and vacated the Massachusetts seat. By then, Martin Luther King was already a national figure. At best, Ted as a first-time Senator cast 1 Senate vote in favor of the act. The Voting Rights Act? That was passed in 1965. As a junior senator, how much influence could Teddy have had? Give me a break.

Next up….we have Hellary Rotten Clinton:

Sen. Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Kennedy’s “courage and resolve are unmatched, and they have made him one of the greatest legislators in Senate history.”

You’re kidding right?

Even if he were: ‘one of the greatest legislators in Senate history’….you had to go and throw in HYPERBOLIC words like “courage and resolve are unmatched”? How misplaced is that statement? I’m sure Mary Jo Kopechne (if she were still alive) would refute that.

And last but not least- Juan McAmnesty:

“I have described Ted Kennedy as the last lion in the Senate,” a tearful McCain said on his campaign bus in Florida. “And I have held that view because he remains the single most effective member of the Senate.” 

Wow.

A ‘tearful McCain’? Teddy ‘remains the single most effective member’? Juan….for goodness sake…just change party affiliation now– and be done with it. You were doing fine with the – our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family- type of rhetoric. Now you’re crying and lauding him as ‘a lion’ and unparalleled statesman?

For the record: I hope Ted Kennedy wins his fight against cancer. And I also hope he retires. But let’s be clear- Ted Kennedy is not Mother Teresa– so stick to prayers and best wishes.

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