Funny how the 40th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne slipped by the Main Stream Media yesterday. It was 40 years ago this morning when Kennedy’s overturned 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 was discovered in Poucha Pond with Mary Jo’s body inside.
Ted Kennedy, known for his wild partying and excessive drinking, left a party for the “Boiler Room Girls” that had helped his brother Bobby’s Presidential campaign, and apparently swam to safety and went home, abandoning his car and Kopechne’s body and failing to call police.
Kennedy eventually pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a two month suspended sentence.
Judge James A. Boyle presided over a subsequent inquest that was held in secret by order of the Massachusetts Supreme Court at the request of Kennedy’s lawyers. Judge Boyle’s conclusion, which was released after the inquiry, said “negligent driving appears to have contributed to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.” Under Massachusetts law, Kennedy could have been arrested, but was not.
While Democrats hold Ted Kennedy in high esteem, it is doubtful the family of the innocent victim Mary Jo Kopechne would be included in that group. Nor the millions of people that remember Kennedy paid absolutely no price for failing to render assistance. It may never be known if Mary Jo was still alive when Kennedy ran away, but the fact that he failed to do the right and compassionate thing can never be erased, no matter the short memories of Kennedy’s voters and fellow politicians.
Just like the Health Care bill Congress is attempting to shove down our throats, the Chappaquiddick incident is a huge reminder that there is one set of laws for the elite, and one set for the common folk. While Ted Kennedy will continue to enjoy the best possible medical care, the rest of us will be subjected to rationing and long waiting lists.
May Mary Lo Kopechne’s soul rest in peace. And for her children and grandchildren that never were, may Teddy Kennedy receive his punishment when he meets his Maker. While man has put him above the law, God is the final judge.