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When our First Lady was 17, she sped through a stop sign at 50 mph and hit a Corvair driven by a high school friend of hers named Mike Douglas. The police accident report says that the pavement was dry and the visibility excellent. She didn't even get a ticket for running the stop sign.

 

Why is it that right-wing reactionaries are always so eager to talk about what Ted Kennedy did 35 years ago, and so willing to overlook what Laura Bush did?

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Really streeeetchiinnnng it to compare the actions of a First Lady during her teen years in high school to a prince of the Kennedy "Camelot court"!

 

Was/will be Laura Bush running for public office??? At the time of Chappaquidick, Prince Ted was INDEED being considered for assumption of the Crown of Camelot. Was Laura cheating on her spouse at the time, while PRETENDING to be a virtuous Catholic family oriented person? Did Laura, stop at the scene and take responsiblity? or did she just "swim" away, leaving a companion to drown, when she could have taken action to save that companion's life? Did she show the SAME disregard of human life, as TK did, knowing that she had a Nationally Revered/Worshipped family that would cover her ass, and get her off "scott free"?

 

Of course, to this day, I'm not the LEAST bit dubious of the point, made at the time, that it was a deliberate act of murder by TK to silence his pregnant companion to avoid scandal and the political fallout that such a pregnancy would involve! Sheesh, there WAS a reason that his wife Joan was a depressed, suicidal alcoholic at the time! :(

 

Ted Kennedy was an adult, married man with a family, and as such SHOULD have shown the maturity to admit his faults and face up to his actions, but STILL left an innocent person, a person he could have SAVED, to die an agonizing death! And he had the AUDACITY to USE his family name to skate away without punishment, except for ruining his presidential aspirations.

 

Laura Bush, contrarily, was a TEENAGED driver, who stopped, and took responsibility for her actions! That alone, IMO, puts her WAY above the cowardice exhibited by Ted Kennedy, plus she sure as hell didn't leave a saveable companion to die!

 

What a ridiculous analogy you are trying to make! x(

 

Man, her husband GWB has enough faults of his own to attack, so just why are you trying to discredit him via actions of his wife during her youth?? LMAO, as IMO, Laura is the ONLY one in that family with a brain/intellect/compassion worthy of respect! :(

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>LMAO, as IMO, Laura is the ONLY one in

>that family with a brain/intellect/compassion worthy of

>respect! :(

 

How much of a brain or intellect could she have if she married Dubya? It must be something else.....perhaps a fetish for smirking chimps?

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>How much of a brain or intellect could she have if she married

>Dubya? It must be something else.....perhaps a fetish for

>smirking chimps?

>

 

There you go again ... confusing DWI Bush with Bonzo's co-star.

 

Next thing you know you'll be mixing up the Prez (who finally quit drinking when the twins were 5) with Ted.

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RE: Laura Bush and Edward Capetillo

 

>Really streeeetchiinnnng it to compare the actions of a First

>Lady during her teen years in high school to a prince of the

>Kennedy "Camelot court"!

 

OK then, how would you compare her actions to those of Edward Capetillo, who is on death row in Texas for taking someone's life when he was 17 ?

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Teddy

 

It is amazing how tenacious he is, when so many of the other family members met their demise early in life.

He is like a cat with nine lives, but is not aging as well.

To bad he can't enjoy life more.

 

The demons must be giving him a bad time, when he is sober.

 

;(

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>And your source is????

>

>First time I've heard this and don't want to consider

>comparisons without all the facts.

 

The story has been told many times ... I was reminded of it most recently by James Wolcott's article about the women in Bush's life, in the current Vanity Fair (page 76; Laura Bush at page 80).

 

 

Do a Google search for "Laura Bush" and "fatal car accident" -- you'll come up with more than 100 hits. Of course, that includes stories about her campaigning in South Dakota for the Republican who wanted to replace the Congressman and former governor who ran a stop sign and killed a motorcyclist. (A Democrat just won that race.)

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Thanks for the info. I should have thought to Google it. It appears that you're right and the accident really did happen.

 

However, I'm not sure her accident is in the same league as a drunken senator killing his mistress, leaving the scene of the accident, not getting help for the injured passenger, and then trying to cover it up.

 

In the reports I read on the Bush accident, there were no signs of a cover-up or attempts to avoid responsibility.

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>When our First Lady was 17, she sped through a stop sign at

>50 mph and hit a Corvair driven by a high school friend of

>hers named Mike Douglas. The police accident report says that

>the pavement was dry and the visibility excellent. She didn't

>even get a ticket for running the stop sign.

>

>Why is it that right-wing reactionaries are always so eager to

>talk about what Ted Kennedy did 35 years ago, and so willing

>to overlook what Laura Bush did?

 

I'm not one of George Bush's fans. And I think that Ted Kennedy has turned out to be a far more effective senator than anyone, including his family, ever expected. The March 25, 2002 Nation stated:

 

Now, forty years later, Ted Kennedy looks like the best and most effective senator of the past hundred years. He has followed the counsel of his first Senate tutor, Phil Hart of Michigan, who told him you can accomplish anything in Washington if you give others the credit. Kennedy has drafted and shaped more landmark legislation than liberal giants like Robert Wagner, Hubert Humphrey, Estes Kefauver and Herbert Lehmann. He has survived tragedy and scandal, endured presidential defeat, right-wing demonization, ridicule by TV comics. Now, at 70, he has evolved into a joyous Job. His career has become an atonement for one night of indefensible behavior, when he failed to report the fatal 1969 accident in which he drove off the bridge at Chappaquiddick, leaving a young woman to drown in the car. He has converted persistence into redemption. (The entire article can be found at http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml%3Fi=20020325&s=newfield)

 

However, politics aside, Laura Bush's tragic accident appears to be just that: tragic and an accident. No charges were filed, she wasn't drinking and there was no sign of excessive speed. It seems to have been just one more case where a young, inexperienced driver makes a terrible mistake and someone ends up dead. Making it even worse for her, the young man who was killed was one of her best friends.

 

Both Ted Kennedy and Laura Bush appear to have carried guilt with them ever since their respective accidents. But, in all honesty, the facts surrounding Kennedy's accident were far more suspicious and some people will always believe that he panicked and, in so doing, failed to take actions to prevent the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. At the very least, he didn't report the accident for 10 hours. We'll never know if she died immediately or not, but it's certain that he did not take those actions he was responsible for taking as the driver of a car involved in an accident.

 

There are those who think Kennedy's drive to do good and to stand up for those less fortunate comes equally from his Kennedy heritage and from the guilt connected with his accident. We'll probably never know.

 

BG

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