The masses decry “whataboutism” as a distraction, as an attempt at a straw man argument, or as a poor attempt at shifting the goal posts. Whataboutism is a useful tool in highlighting double standards, in creating analogies, and constructing arguments around general principles of applicability.
With recent discussions of the Senate and Judge Kavanaugh, I give you Ted Kennedy.
Edward “Ted” Kennedy was a US Senator from Massachusetts. His lusting and lushing were prolific during his time in the Senate.
The Kennedys in general are known for their sexual improprieties, yet at a time when #MeToo is at the forefront of the political discourse, will we ever see the left distance itself from its champions, who, for all intents and purposes, left a personal legacy antithetical to today’s leftism?
In 2016 we got “Lying Ted.” Before that, there was “Lion Ted.” Ted Kennedy was the epitome of the consummate liberal politician. His experience was unmatched, yet his personal life should give us pause. Ann Coulter describes Ted Kennedy as the only politician with a confirmed kill in the “War on Women.”
That statement is profound. Why? Because it illustrates that perceived injustices at the hands of right wingers are repeatedly perpetrated by those who claim to be against them. Ted Kennedy and of course Bill Clinton, are to the left’s cause of women’s rights as Robert Byrd, Wilson, and Roosevelt are to the cause of racial equality.
The accusations against Judge Kavanaugh should force us to revisit the conduct of those whom the left holds dear.
It’s not every day when you have to type the phrase “grind your genitals” in an article, but last week’s hearing prompted that very phrase as a result of Rachel Mitchell’s questioning of Judge Kavanaugh. Despite sounding like a terrible deli accident, the phrase also comes up in an article on Ted’s lack of sexual ethics.
According to GQ, “In December 1985, just before he announced he would run for president in 1988, Kennedy allegedly manhandled a pretty young woman employed as a Brasserie waitress. The woman, Carla Gaviglio, declined to be quoted in this article, but says the following account, a similar version of which first appeared in Penthouse last year, is full and accurate:
It is after midnight and Kennedy and Dodd are just finishing up a long dinner in a private room on the first floor of the restaurant's annex. They are drunk. Their dates, two very young blondes, leave the table to go to the bathroom. (The dates are drunk too. "They'd always get their girls very, very drunk," says a former Brasserie waitress.) Betty Loh, who served the foursome, also leaves the room. Raymond Campet, the co-owner of La Brasserie, tells Gaviglio the senators want to see her.
As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd's lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair. As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. Kennedy, Dodd and their dates leave shortly thereafter, following a friendly argument between the senators over the check.
On September 25, 1987, Kennedy and a young blonde woman—identified by several sources as a congressional lobbyist—allegedly got carried away at a wine-fueled lunch in a private room upstairs and succumbed to the temptations of the carpet, where they were surprised in a state of semi-undress and wholehearted passion by waitress Frauke Morgan.”
According to the DailyMail, in an article titled “Ted Kennedy: The Senator of Sleaze who was a drunk sexual bully... and left a young woman to die” the writer observed, “While Ted drank and took advantage of compliant women in Washington, his wife Joan stayed at home in Boston to look after his three children. Like her sister-in-law Jacqui, she seemed to have learned that Kennedy women had to put up with humiliation.The effort ruined her health, however. Kennedy's unending philandering turned her into an alcoholic and, in 1983, she could take no more.She could no longer stand the hypocrisy of her husband posing for the public as if he lived for family values. She divorced, publicly confessed to her alcoholism and helped shatter what was left of the Kennedy aura.”
This behavior was so bizarre that even Carrie Fisher, who went on a blind date with Ted’s friend and fellow senator, Chris Dodd, recalled an event that showed Ted’s lack of sexual ethics.
Fisher said “So, [in 1985,] having recently graduated completely healed and normal from my first stint in a rehab, and appearing in an almost perfectly respectable piece of work, I found myself driving from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., to have dinner with Chris Dodd, this senator who I knew virtually nothing about. Nor did Senator Dodd — like most people, then, now and always — have any idea who I was in the wide, wide world beyond this cute little actress who’d played Princess Leia. Suddenly,
Senator Kennedy, seated directly across from me, looked at me with his alert, aristocratic eyes and asked me a most surprising question. ‘So,’ he said, clearly amused, ‘do you think you’ll be having sex with Chris at the end of your date?’ … To my left, Chris Dodd looked at me with an unusual grin hanging on his very flushed face.”
Her reply: “‘Funnily enough, I won’t be having sex with Chris tonight,’ I said, my face composed and calm. ‘No, that probably won’t happen.’ People blinked. ‘Thanks for asking, though.'”
His retort: “‘Would you have sex with Chris in a hot tub?’ Senator Kennedy asked me, perhaps as a way to say good night? ‘I’m no good in water,’ I told him.”
Why is this relevant? Because every discussion around Judge Kavanaugh has something to do with drunkenness and sex. The supposed standards of what makes a person fit for the Supreme Court are a little bit less important when the left talks about their deceased or current champions in the Senate. As the recent memo from Rachel Mitchell indicates, the allegations against Kavanaugh are less credible than a simple he said she said case. Ted Kennedy exhibited this behavior WHILE a sitting senator. Not only that, instead of just being accused of gang rape (given some JFK White House shenanigans, it would not surprise me), Teddy actually killed a woman.
I guess my message is simple.
To the left: Please take a look at your own closet, clean out your skeletons before you start alleging that there are skeletons in someone else’s closet.