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Can I call them or what?

Yesterday, in discussing Congressman Patrick "Patches" Kennedy's sojourn into rehab, I predicted that he'd get a hero's welcome on his return.

It seems the Boston Globe couldn't even wait for that. This morning, they bestowed a big, wet kiss on him, shining a spotlight on all the wonderful things he's done in his life.

Sorely lacking from the story is any context, any embarassing stories, anything that might prove even slightly negative.

Such as:

  • A session in rehab for cocaine addiction when he was in his teens.
  • The fact that he has been a professsional legislator since he was 21, serving first in the Rhode Island House before going to Washington in 1996.
  • His proud declaration at a Democratic gathering that he's "never worked a day in his fucking life."
  • His shoving of an airport security screener who tried to stop him from boarding a plane with a too-large carryon.

They also gloss over a 2000 incident on the high seas. According to the Globe,

Meanwhile, the congressman suffered another mishap. The same year, Kennedy allegedly caused $28,000 in damage to a charter yacht off the coast of Connecticut, and the Coast Guard was summoned to collect a female companion who was on the boat and who had reportedly argued with Kennedy. His office at the time said the episode was overblown.

They don't mention that the owners of the yacht had to go recover it after Kennedy abandoned it adrift at sea, a potential hazard to navigation.

In some ways, Patrick is an improvement over his father, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Chivas). He hasn't killed anyone yet, and when he abandoned his vehicle at sea, it was empty and above the water.

Seriously, the guy needs help, and help fast. But what he doesn't need is more covering up, more sweeping his sins under the carpet, more big wet sloppy kisses from the press, more pats on the head and praise for not making doody in his pants. He needs to be treated as an adult, with all the responsibilities that go with that.

Otherwise, he'll likely join the ranks of his kinfolk in finding an early grave:

Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. -- killed in exploding plane over English Channel in 1944, age 25.

Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy Cavendish -- killed in plane crash in France in 1948, age 28.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy -- assassinated in Dallas in 1963, age 46.

Robert Francis Kennedy -- assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968, age 43.

David A. Kennedy -- died from drug overdose in Florida in 1984, age 28.

Michael Kennedy -- killed in skiing accident in Colorado in 1997, age 39.

John F. Kennedy Jr. -- killed in plane crash off Massachusetts in 1999, age 38.


Comments (9)

This is where the MSM and l... (Below threshold)
just me:

This is where the MSM and liberals will start to show their hypocrisy.

The man has a history of addiction, and poor behavior.

The man is in a "job" where he is given access to our nations secrets.

It is high time the man resign his position, go to rehab, and get a "real" job instead of one at the taxpayers expense.

Jay: while Joe, JFK and RFK... (Below threshold)

Jay: while Joe, JFK and RFK met early deaths, I would have left them off the list, as those three gave their lives in service of the country, unlike the others who lost their lives in service of a good time.

Maybe the Kennedy's should ... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Maybe the Kennedy's should avoid flying in airplanes?

I seriously wonder from tim... (Below threshold)

I seriously wonder from time to time if the Old Man of the Clan sold his soul to the Devil so that one of his sons could be President, with the price being most of the men dying off early.
Notice I said, most. Gee, ya think?

It seems rather ironic that... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

It seems rather ironic that many of the defects of America's political dynastic family of the left match those of America's dynastic family of the right .. more sweeping his sins under the carpet until when caught they become 'youthful indiscretions' I could go on and mention Jeb Bush's son or for that matter Al Gore's ...This would seem to be a generic problem of the lifestyle of the sons and daughters of the politically rich and famous in (and not by any means only the Kennedys') in America.

Steve I would agree that th... (Below threshold)
just me:

Steve I would agree that these problems seem more inherent in dynastic, or just as much wealthy families.

I think much is born out by an attitude of privilege and a belief that laws only apply to the little people, and the police reaction to Kennedy's arrest is a case in point. Also, I bet if you compare sentencing of the wealthy for various drug/alcohol type offenses to those who aren't, you would find a whole lot of slaps on the wrists, multiple chances, and things being covered up to protect the guilty.

Perhaps Teddy died long ago... (Below threshold)

Perhaps Teddy died long ago at Chap and his body is simply channeling a lesser demon?

> He needs to be treated as... (Below threshold)
Arthur Kimes:

> He needs to be treated as an adult, with all the responsibilities that go with that. Otherwise, he'll likely join the ranks of his kinfolk in finding an early grave:

> Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. -- killed in exploding plane over English Channel in 1944, age 25.

It seems completely out of place to include Joe Kennedy Jr. on that list. He didn't die from an overdose or a bad piloting decision. He was flying an extremely dangerous mission (piloting a worn out bomber full of high explosives. When it got near it's target he was supposed to bail out and another plane would remotely direct the flying bomb into it's target.) and his plane blew up too soon. Nobody knows why.
Also, John and Robert were assassinated. It's not like they did anything wrong to deserve that.

You post would have been substantially improved by deleting everything after "He needs to be treated as an adult, with all the responsibilities that go with that."

Arthur Kimes at May 7, 2006... (Below threshold)
wave_man:

Arthur Kimes at May 7, 2006 01:23 PM

You post would have been substantially improved by deleting everything after "He needs to be treated as an adult, with all the responsibilities that go with that."
Although I agree that Jay didn't need the references to make the point, he did preference it with Otherwise, he'll likely join the ranks of his kinfolk in finding an early grave. It can't be argued that the Kennedys have been somewhat snakebit, and Patches should wake up and smell the coffee.

Some have argued that Joe, Jr., the star of the klan, volunteered to go on the dangerous mission after being eclipsed by his younger brother John after his PT109 herotics. He withdrew from his family to his bedroom at a family gathering when John was getting all the attention, on the order of the brother of the Prodigal Son [Luke 15:25-30]. It is said that he requested dangerous duty as a result, to regain the spotlight. However, whatever his motivation, I salute his service.




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