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Political Nostalgia

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This LA Times article is discomfiting:

Establishment Republicans showered the late Massachusetts Democrat with statements expressing their high regard and personal affection.

[…] But a far different message echoed amid the cacophony of talk radio and across the conservative blogosphere, where Kennedy was excoriated for his liberal politics and, especially, the 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne, a political volunteer, off Chappaquiddick Island, Mass.

Some said good riddance and even wished for Kennedy’s eternal damnation.

Maybe I’m just being falsely nostalgic, like when I wish ladies still wore hats and pretty stockings even though I can hardly be bothered to comb my hair and apply mascara on a daily basis; maybe it’s just, as the article goes on to point out, the “more elemental … difference between knowing someone as an individual rather than a political caricature” … but maybe it really is a sad, sad inditement of our current political culture and the kind of respect and diplomacy that’s been lost …

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Written by Elizabeth

August 27, 2009 at 9:11 am

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  1. Not quite there with you on this one. Perhaps this says something more about the kind of conservative media I read/listen to than anything else, but I was struck by the balanced — even classy — remembrances from National Review, The Economist,Radley Balko, and Dennis Prager. That the angry talk radio types are, well angry and screedful, doesn’t really say much to me.
    And while the LA Times article touched on it, there is certainly much more to say than is being said about undue liberal adulation and deference for Kennedys. The state establishment here seems far more interested in honoring Kennedy’s dying wishes than in wondering what we proles might have to say. And then there’s this jaw-dropper that’s probably more extraordinary in its frankness than its argument.

    Tom_Meyer

    August 29, 2009 at 11:55 am


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