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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ted Kennedy...Human Disgrace

Teddy Kennedy receives a dressing down by Jerry Zeifman, former chief counsel of the House Judiciary Committee and a lifelong Democrat who appears in NewsMax with a stunning article, and pulling no punches. Here are segments of Mr. Zeifman's article below. In my view (as a Democrat and former chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee), Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., has disgraced himself and our party by misusing his position on the Senate Judiciary Committee to achieve self-serving partisan ends.
xxx Kennedy was the architect of an unprecedented tactic: using filibusters to polarize the Senate along party lines thus denying the confirmation of qualified conservative judges. In Bush's first term the Senate Democrats used that tactic successfully against at least 10 nominees for judgeships on circuit courts. Filibusters first arose after the Civil War as a means of defeating legislation intended to foster desegregation. They were an anathema to those of us who joined Martin Luther King's famous March on Washington in 1963. During the Clinton administration filibusters were presumably also abhorrent to Senator Kennedy, who then wanted to outlaw them entirely. On Jan. 28, 1998, he argued: " The president and the Senate do not always agree [on judicial nominations]. But we should resolve these disagreements by voting 'yes' or 'no.'" Three years later Kennedy put politics above principle and became a champion of the filibuster. He also threatened to boycott any work of the Senate that was not essential for national security if a Republican majority was trying to outlaw filibusters by amending the Senate rules. Kennedy had admitted his own membership in the Owl Club, which does not allow women, and was banned from the Harvard campus. He had paid dues to the all-male club ever since his student days. Aside from the Senator's association with an all-male club there is other more substantial evidence of flaws in Kennedy's character: Kennedy had been expelled from Harvard for paying a friend to take a Spanish exam for him. He also has a history of mistreating women. In July 1969, with Mary Jo Kopechne (his date for the night at a drinking party) beside him in his car, Kennedy drove off the side of a bridge on Cape Cod at Chappaquiddick on Cape Cod. At that time Joan Kennedy, the Senator's wife, was pregnant. Traumatized by the scandal and by her husband's philandering, she had a miscarriage. She then started to drink her way into alcoholism. Eventually she went into psychiatric treatment and divorced Kennedy. During my own career on Capitol Hill I once told House Speaker "Tip" O'Neill in confidence: "I have a low opinion of Senator Kennedy." He replied discreetly: "The Kennedy’s are not real Democrats. They have their own party."
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Current Democrats go along with Teddy's vitriol so it seems they have joined Kennedy's left-wing nut house. Although Kennedy is called out in this article we should note 25 Senate Democrats voted to filibuster the nomination of Justice Alito. In addition, Democrats continue to make outrageous comments and make public condemnations of the President and any view by the right.
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The names Schumer, Durbin, Reid, Clinton, Pelosi, Leahy, Boxer, Dean are complicit in spewing venom and blocking any productive dialog to enhance the country and produce viable legislation especially for reducing the deficit and increasing national security. Kennedy is not alone in affirming Zell Miller and his distaste for the current "Democratic Party."

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