Aryan Skynet

Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy (1932-2009) was, depending upon whom you might ask, either “The Lion of the Senate”, champion of the common man and an inspirational symbol of perseverance in the face of familial tragedy, or one of the most reviled politicians in the history of the United States. For run-of-the-mill conservatives, Kennedy was just an inveterate big-government liberal and a drunkard whose principal claims to noteworthiness were his last name and the fact that he had fled the scene of the drunk driving accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick in 1969. “But the Kennedy that the right both demonized for being a liberal icon and praised [after his death] for his willingness to ‘reach across the aisle’ was one and the same,” writes Lance Selfa. “And the media punditocracy’s assessment of him – a doctrinaire liberal turned bipartisan dealmaker – says a lot about what they consider…

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