Win one for the Bibber

A contrarian compendium.

‘Win One for Teddy,’ Say Dems Pushing for Health Reform

…Democrats are hoping that the memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy will revive the Democratic Party’s flagging push for health care reform.

“You’ve heard of ‘win one for the Gipper’? There is going to be an atmosphere of ‘win one for Teddy,'” Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, told ABC News.

Democrats are hoping that Kennedy’s influence in death may be even stronger than it was when he was alive…

Public service zombies?

Public service or public meddling

…What most of the media call public service is all too often simply meddling with peoples’ lives, using persuasion or force to make them do things or pay money they would otherwise prefer not to pay.

Helps explain the Presidential edict attempting to make September 11th the “National Day of Service.”

Ted Kennedy’s Appetities [sic]

…Mr. Kennedy spent much of his wealth and time pursuing power over others (and of the garish ‘glory’ that accompanies such power).

The issue he called most important, and that Dems are now cynically using his death to promote, is a good example.

Kennedy’s Big Government Paternalism

…Support for interventionist government was hardly a viewpoint unique to Ted Kennedy. What Kennedy brought to this political philosophy, however, was the paternalistic mindset of *noblesse oblige*: the idea that the aristocracy has a special responsibility to protect and look out for the little people. The Kennedy clan is probably the closest there has ever been to an American aristocracy.

Of course, the flip side of *noblesse oblige* is the arrogance of privilege, and that was on abundant display in Kennedy’s life.

That is, his sense that he carried the torch of “the best and the brightest” and that government of “the best and brightest” knows best. A thoroughly discredited hubris as Robert McNamara may be explaining to him even now.

Democrats accused of using Edward Kennedy’s death to promote reforms

…Attempts to use the emotion of the moment to revitalise hopes of healthcare legislation quickly ran up against the harsh political realities of Washington and the immediate practical impact that Mr Kennedy was perhaps the only politician on Capitol Hill who could have forged a bipartisan compromise.

The loss of which poisonous compromise I refuse to mourn.

Pimping Ted Kennedy’s corpse [Darleen Click]

…From the execrable Nancy Pelosi to Kleagle Robert Byrd; from radical leftwing MSNBC to The Worthless One, Jimmy Carter; not even 24 hours could pass without them shamelessly running Teddy’s corpse up the flag pole and demanding we salute it by giving up our liberty.

The Senator wouldn’t mind, he’d been setting the stage for it.

Ted Kennedy’s Legacy?

…Teddy Kennedy was a relic of a bygone era—an icon who never should have been an icon. When you really analyze what Kennedy accomplished in his life and career, the answer is nothing except being a Kennedy. In truth, Kennedy’s career was really about one quintessential thing: Keeping Democrats in power—by whatever means necessary.

I’m not sure. Maybe it was more focused on maintaining the Kennedy hegemony.

And finally, creeping out from the rotted woodwork at the Huffington Post, this question – What Would Mary Jo Kopechne Have Thought of Ted’s Career?

…Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.

Dying for the cause, that is. It’s not surprising they’re feeding off Kennedy’s corpse, but this invocation of Mary Jo Kopechne as a willing sacrifice is a sick and ghoulish explication of Ted Kennedy’s worst feature.

In that post, the argument is that if Ted Kennedy had not hidden his involvement in Mary Jo Kopechne’s drowning for 10 hours, demonstrating his compassion was primarily reserved for his career, he would have become President. Then, his wonderful work in the Senate would have been lost. A prescient Mary Jo Kopechne might have been willing to die for the “greater good.” Perverse as that may strike you, the sacrifice of a little person on the altar of a great social engineer’s intent defines Kennedy’s politics.

Ms Kopechne’s willingness to die at age 28 for Ted Kennedy’s Senate career is, however, one of those ideas that doesn’t need a drink to drive off a bridge. It doesn’t even make sense in the first place, much less is it a reason for unplanned assisted suicide.

Think about it. Kennedy might have done even more if he had been President, and he could have gone on to become a Senator after he had been President. I can’t see how Ms Kopechne would have preferred to die rather than to have witnessed all Teddy’s good deeds. We’ll never be sure. Ms Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

We will also never know what good deeds she may have accomplished if she’d lived. If there is a afterlife, she might know what could have been. If so, I bet she would have declined to die merely to ensure Ted’s Senatorial splendor and she would have had even less interest in expanding his joke collection.

Update: 1-Sep 6:45

Here’s more speculation on how Mary Jo might have felt Teddy’s career was worth more than her own life.

Kennedy chose to flee the scene , leaving the young woman to die an agonising death not of drowning but of suffocation over a period of hours.

…the charges were “failing to report an accident” and “leaving the scene of an accident.” The punishment: two months’ probation.

…Yet if one weighs the life of a single young woman against the accomplishments of the man President Obama has called the greatest Democratic senator in history, what is one to think?

Oh, I don’t know. That Teddy Kennedy was a thoroughly reprehensible human being? A waste of skin, perhaps? That anyone could even ask this shares his sickness?

Unbelievable. As Mark Steyn said,

The senator’s actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life.