Thanks to an astute reader, we were alerted to the bizarre fact that the Denver Democrats’ annual fundraising dinner is called the Edward M. Kennedy (aka Ted Kennedy) Dinner. We nearly spit our Cheerios across the room this morning. Are they serious? Denver Dems could not find a single great Democrat to honor and, instead, chose to name the dinner after the “Hero” of the Chappaquiddick?
For those of you too young to remember, Ted Kennedy offered to drive staffer Mary Jo Kopechne home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, a Martha’s Vineyard island where his family has a home, but they never it made it home. Kennedy drove the car off the side of a bridge, escaped, but left Kopechne to drown. He did not alert authorities of the accident until hours later. This is on top of rumors of his boozing and womanizing.
Talk about a war on women.
Not to speak ill of the dead (Kennedy died in 2009 after a battle with brain cancer), Kennedy did push for a liberal agenda while in the Senate. But, if liberals want to wrap themselves in the cloak of fighting for the common man, this was not the guy to choose. Ted Kennedy was the only remaining son of Rose and Joe Kennedy after the death of his brother Joe, Jr. in war and the assassinations of President Jack F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. His father literally and figuratively bailed him out of scrape after scrape.
While it’s unclear whether the EMK Dinner, started in 2009, is meant to replace the J-J Dinner, we understand why Democrats would want to change the name of the Party’s annual fundraising dinner from the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner as both were slave owners (although, why did that take until 2015 to officially declare?).
Could Democrats really not find a single liberal alternate to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson without a checkered past?