Another NY Times / Kennedy Family Love Fest

The New York Times Kennedy Defense Task Force has issued their post incident report soliciting sympathy for another of the family’s drunks. Patrick Kennedy’s problems with the bottle are not his fault you see… He’s a victim.

For a Kennedy, Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness Becomes Personal

WASHINGTON, May 14 — Patrick J. Kennedy was keeping an uncomfortable secret.

Representative Patrick J. Kennedy spoke at a news conference on May 5 about his car accident the day before and his addiction to painkillers.

Representative Kennedy, scion of America’s most loved and hated Democratic clan, has been a passionate advocate for ending the stigma of mental illness; he told voters years ago of his treatment for depression and cocaine abuse. But when he slipped off to the Mayo Clinic last December to get help for addiction to prescription painkillers, he had trouble overcoming that stigma himself.

When he crashed his Mustang convertible into a Capitol barricade in the middle of the night earlier this month, Mr. Kennedy, of Rhode Island, was thrust into a clash between personal privacy and political beliefs. Hours before he told the world he was checking himself back into the Mayo Clinic, he wrestled with going public.

“He consistently talked about being in the spotlight and not being able to just say, ‘I’m struggling, I have issues,‘ ” said Jack McConnell, a good friend who counseled Mr. Kennedy that morning, May 5. “One of the things he weighed was whether doing this would take the weight off his shoulders that he always felt when he was out in public.”

At the risk of pointing out the obvious… If he doesn’t like being in the spotlight perhaps -just perhaps- he shouldn’t run for public office?

It’s like the well worn joke about the guy who killed his parents then asked for the court’s mercy because he was an orphan. If Patrick Kennedy doesn’t like the being in public, he should quit running for office!

But of course to the NY Times, running for office is just another burden those noble Kennedys must bear.

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