Ted Kennedy is dead, and in the aftermath of his life, one thing still rubs dark his image as the lion of the Senate and continues to forever stain his legacy with blood: His cowardly tether to Mary Jo Kopechne.
The incident at Chappaquiddick rightfully haunted Ted Kennedy since Mary Jo died in a curious car crash on July 19, 1969.
Ted never fully explained his role in her death and his timeline and logic never quite added up in any substantial, human, way.
At the end of his life, Ted would not discuss Chappaquiddick — and it was in that continued cowardice in refusing to publicly confess the results of his actions that prematurely yellowed the calling of his life.
The lionization of Ted Kennedy will begin — but we’ll always have that nagging wondering about what really happened that evil night in 1969 when a young woman lost of the promise of her life, and a young politico lost any real magnitude he hoped to earn with the deeds of a wasted, political, career.
If you’re mourning Ted Kennedy today; please also put in a small prayer for Mary Jo Kopechne — because Mary Jo deserved so much more than to be forever pinned upside down in inside Ted Kennedy’s 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 at the bottom of Nantucket Sound.