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  •  Well, yeah (1+ / 0-)
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    Lujane

    I agree with everything you said.   To sum up:

    Kennedy: Good
    Atwater: Bad

    Now, don't we all feel better?

    My point is, again, bringing attention to the misery of Atwaters life doesn't really have anything to do with Ted Kennedy. It's  not necessary to rehash the pitiful life of a miserable man to appreciate Ted's amazing life.

    Look, you either get that, or you don't.

    I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places...arousing and persuading and reproaching you.-Socrates

    by The Navigator on Thu Aug 27, 2009 at 09:35:40 PM PDT

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    •  What you seem to be missing (3+ / 0-)
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      LynneK, Oh Mary Oh, Go Kid Hugo

      is that in the end Atwater admitted that he had taken the wrong path in his life. He would not have wrote what he did on his death bed if he didn't want people to learn from his mistakes, but it's impossible to learn from him if we ignore what he freely acknowledged that he did wrong.

      In his last days Atwater finally did right, don't take that away from him.

      We hope your rules and wisdom choke you / Now we are one in everlasting peace
      -6.63, -6.97

      by amRadioHed on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 01:05:12 AM PDT

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    •  Compare and Contrast (8+ / 0-)

      Speaking of things you either get or you don't, I think you may have missed the point of the diary, which was to compare the way Kennedy's life shaped the way his death is viewed to the way Atwater's life shaped the way his death was viewed.

      And, no, Atwater's life doesn't have anything to do with Ted Kennedy, unless you're trying to get people to draw a lesson from the contrast between the lives these two politically influential men led.  On the other hand, if you think comparisons can be instructive, then presenting these two very different figures in one diary can be useful.

      But you either get that or you don't.

    •  It's called comparison and contrast..... (0+ / 0-)

      ...it couldn't be are more common device. And he isn't saying anything bad about Lee Atwater....to paraphrase President Truman he is just telling the truth about Lee Atwater and you THINK he is bad.

      Tonight I'm going to party like it's 1929.

      by Bensdad on Fri Aug 28, 2009 at 08:56:33 PM PDT

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