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A truly distasteful posting

This is quite possibly one of the most painful pieces I've ever had to write.

Senator Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy did something decent, something right, and I am compelled to point it out.

An Army Reserve unit based out of Keene, NH had returned home from Iraq. But the Army, in its infinite wisdom, plopped them back in Indiana, then offered them bus tickets the rest of the way home.

But then Ted Kennedy stepped in.

Although the unit is based in Keene, it has a lot of Massachusetts residents among its members. And Ted, never one to miss an opportunity to help some constituents, arranged for a chartered plane to bring them to Boxboro, Massachusetts.

Let me just get a few snide remarks out of the way: no, I don't know if he picked up the tab himself, as the story implies, or if he pulled some strings and got the government to play for the flight. And yes, I'm glad he arranged for a plane and didn't offer to drive them himself.

Well done, Ted. Why can't you do more things like this, and spend less time being... well... Ted Kennedy?


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OMGThis sounds Soo... (Below threshold)
epador:

OMG

This sounds Soooo, Army Reserves, and So Not Teddy Kennedy. Maybe he was channeling Teddy Roosevelt in a drunken stupor or something? Time to call the Exorcist! [or maybe not]

Damn, I hate it when my nem... (Below threshold)

Damn, I hate it when my nemeses do that. I'm forced to ignore the bulk of your post and concentrate solely on the part where you express glee at his not having offered to drive them himself. Now I can continue to be the narrow-minded, bigoted neo-con I'm labeled as.

You were saying?

Hey, you beat me to it! I ... (Below threshold)
Jay:

Hey, you beat me to it! I was going to post this at AV after seeing it at my niece's blog. She was amazed, and she's a lifelong Democrat. Who is heavily involved in Homes for Our Troops!

Kennedy also turned out NOT to be the Senator behind that silly secret hold on the transparency bill. And you know, to his credit, I am not surprised, because if he wanted to stop it he'd have just come out and said he had a problem with it rather than skulking. Skulking is for when you've just gone for an impromptu drunken swim.

I'll bet some staffer did t... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I'll bet some staffer did this in his name in an attempt to cancel out all of the windbag's traitorous speeches where he derided the military and emboldened our enemies. I give that fat old jackass no credit whatsoever.

Well done, JT. You have ris... (Below threshold)
tblubrd:

Well done, JT. You have risen to the occasion and, as always, in fine style.

I wouldn't have given the SOB the time of day.

See? There is such a thing as courage in writing.

Its not often that Teddy do... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Its not often that Teddy does something along these lines so I'm not going to take to many cheap shots beyond saying "I am also glad he didn't offer to drive them himself."

Nice post, Jay. Senator Ke... (Below threshold)
kevino:

Nice post, Jay. Senator Kennedy did a good thing, and he should get credit for it. Well done.

Even a broken clock is righ... (Below threshold)

Even a broken clock is right twice a day! IMHO Senator Edward Moore Kennedy is still a despicable human being.

A clock that runs backwards... (Below threshold)
Cobb:

A clock that runs backwards is right more than twice a day.

Conservatives consistently ... (Below threshold)
Pete:

Conservatives consistently fess up when wrong and give credit where credit is due. Thanks for proving the rule. Anyone holding their breath for the Kos Kidz to admit being wrong about Plamegate?

IF I was one of those consp... (Below threshold)
Wayne:

IF I was one of those conspiracy types, I would say he cause the Reserves to take a bus so he could step in and save the day. Oh and he really an Alien too.

Thanks and kudos to Senator... (Below threshold)

Thanks and kudos to Senator Kennedy!

A few dozen more actions like this, and we might have to reevaluate his service in the Senate.

As the Christmas Season slo... (Below threshold)
Candy:

As the Christmas Season slowly approaches, I'm thinking of an off-Broadway hit - a remake of "A Christmas Carol" starring TeddyK as Mistah Scrooge. Any ideas for Tiny Tim?

You people feel how I do wh... (Below threshold)
Robert:

You people feel how I do when W says he likes baseball.

Listen folks, its just the ... (Below threshold)
Sal Manella:

Listen folks, its just the height of stupidity to engage in state to state competition. ie, we are better than you, since we live this side of the imaginary line. I mean GET REAL! People move across borders ALL THE TIME. So Ted Kennedy did something good, get over it. If he was from NH you'd be kissing his butt. Brain power does not reside strictly on one side of the border than the other anymore than it resides in one political party over the other. This is just childish. And you know it. I am a registered independent so I can choose the best people where ever they may be found. I despise group thinking, and no imaginary borderline or political membership can ever take the place of brilliance. I'm not sticking up for Kennedy, I'm just appauled at the never ending stupidy.

Listen folks, its just the ... (Below threshold)
Sal Manella:

Listen folks, its just the height of stupidity to engage in state to state competition. ie, we are better than you, since we live this side of the imaginary line. I mean GET REAL! People move across borders ALL THE TIME. So Ted Kennedy did something good, get over it. If he was from NH you'd be kissing his butt. Brain power does not reside strictly on one side of the border than the other anymore than it resides in one political party over the other. This is just childish. And you know it. I am a registered independent so I can choose the best people where ever they may be found. I despise group thinking, and no imaginary borderline or political membership can ever take the place of brilliance. I'm not sticking up for Kennedy, I'm just appauled at the never ending stupidy.




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