The Post and Courier reporting on Senator Kennedy's recent illness and brain surgery has drawn Charleston's low life out from under the rocks which they live.
Some of the comments posted on the P&C online edition are shocking, largely out of touch and down right heartless. Here's just a sample....
"He'll probably be a little like Pat Brady after this."
"I'm sure the Kopekne family wishes him well..."
"Who cares that some stupid politician is sick."
"I hope God shows him the same mercy he showed that young lady in 1969, no more; no less."
One thing this shows is the age of many of the posters who are recalling that on July 18, 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island, off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Mary Jo was one of six young women who had been vital to the late Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign and who had subsequently closed up his files and campaign office after his June 6, 1968 assassination.
Kopechne left the party at 11:15 p.m. with Kennedy after he allegedly offered to drive her to catch the last ferry back to the Katama Shores Motor Inn in Edgartown where she was staying. After taking a wrong turn Kennedy drove his car off the side of Dyke Bridge, and the car overturned into Poucha Pond, where Kennedy extricated himself from the submerged car but Kopechne died.
So it is after nearly 40 years that these narrow minded posters only remember this frighting scene....
While Senator Kennedy has served his country and the state of Massachusetts as US Senator since 1962 being elected by his countrymen 8 times, the death of Mary Jo Kopechne has haunted his life and may be the only thing that he is remembered for among small minded and uneducated Americans.
While I have never approved of his political point of view, I value the balance of power Senator Kennedy brings to our nation's capitol. In doing so I believe his value to this country has been truly irreplaceable.
The sad truth is that the type of cancer the that Senator has is a death sentence, the surgery at Duke may buy some time, but it won't be long and there will be a state funeral on national television and with it the Kennedy legacy will pass to the history books.
John, Robert and Ted Kennedy Circa 1960