In this narrative I did find a couple of things truly repulsive. Exhibit A –from Melissa Lafsky writing at The Huffington Post:
We don’t know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she’d have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. What we don’t know, as always, could fill a Metrodome.
Still, ignorance doesn’t preclude a right to wonder. So it doesn’t automatically make someone (aka, me) a Limbaugh-loving, aerial-wolf-hunting NRA troll for asking what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted’s death, and what she’d have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded.
Who knows — maybe she’d feel it was worth it.
Maybe she’d feel it was worth it? Are you kidding me? Yeah, I’m sure she thought, “Yes! I get to be killed in order to preserve Senator Kennedy’s career!” Unfortunately, Mary Jo Kopechne can’t be reached for comment on the account of being deceased, but I would highly doubt she’d feel blessed by the turn of events.
I also don’t think she’d find it very funny… You know, “don’t name a bridge after Ted” har har… but apparently it was something that Senator Kennedy enjoyed joking about. Oh hilarious, a 28-year-old pregnant woman is dead, LOL. Oh, that’s right, it’s self-depreciating humor as though how Senator Kennedy is portrayed is the important thing in the whole affair. Forget about Mary Jo and her unborn baby, look at how this made Senator Kennedy look! Look at how it ruined his presidential run in 1980.
Mary Jo Kopechne was a victim. She wasn’t a martyr for the liberal cause, and she shouldn’t be a punch line. She should be remembered, even if some would prefer not to.