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  •  Impossible (3+ / 0-)
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    Chappaquiddick.

    Teddy will never be, and certainly does not deserve to be, remembered better than JFK or Bobby.

    Mr. Gorbachev, establish an Electoral College!

    by tommypaine on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 01:33:24 PM PDT

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    •  In tandem with Gpack's comment below (7+ / 0-)

      No one will remember Chappaquiddick except right wing trolls years from now. Ted will be remembered as the Lion of the Senate with a miles long legislative career.

      25, Practical Progressive Democrat (-9.38, -8.51), Gay, IN-02 - Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

      by HoosierD42 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 02:12:18 PM PDT

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      •  Good luck with that (2+ / 0-)
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        This lion of the senate stuff is funny and all, but really, Teddy's legacy is of not rising to challenges.

        And it is nauseating to imagine a world where no one but "right wing trolls" would remember the drunken, disgusting, criminal actions of a politician.

        Mr. Gorbachev, establish an Electoral College!

        by tommypaine on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 02:41:00 PM PDT

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        •  "No one will remember" was wrong. (0+ / 0-)

          But it isn't the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even 5th thing I think of when I think of Ted Kennedy. I doubt it would make the top 10.

          And trying to tarnish his decades of public service because of a mistake is just as nauseating.

          25, Practical Progressive Democrat (-9.38, -8.51), Gay, IN-02 - Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

          by HoosierD42 on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 04:48:22 PM PDT

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          •  What wonks remember is different than (2+ / 0-)
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            the public.

            His public service is tarnished.  It exists, but it is in a context.  Teddy is a tragic figure, someone who hurt himself and progressive politics via his irresponsible behavior.  Trying to whitewash him historically is not a good idea, since he will never, ever be whitewashed in the general public's mind.

            Nixon had decades of public service too, but his accomplishments are not what history will dwell on.

            Mr. Gorbachev, establish an Electoral College!

            by tommypaine on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 05:31:36 PM PDT

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          •  It's my #1. (0+ / 0-)

            20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
            politicohen.com
            Love the class war, hate identity politics and purism
            UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

            by jncca on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:10:07 PM PDT

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