When I saw the blog post title Ted Kennedy’s Death Gives Chris Matthews An Obamagasm” I thought Doug M. had gone a little overboard.
Then I saw the Chris Matthews interview he referred to, and realized that possibly he understated the situation…
It is not often you see this degree of genuflecting, and it is clear that Chris Matthews revered Ted Kennedy. But when he goes on about the Civil Rights torch passing from Kennedy to Kennedy, and then says that Ted handed that torch to Barack Obama, and that Barack Obama is “the Last Brother”-and said I am sure with no sense of irony-I just about tossed my cookies.
Ted Kennedy was an influential and effective legislator who held the public spotlight for years due to his family and his record. We all have our own perspective on his record. For every person who mentions Title IX and the 18 year old vote, someone will mention Chappaquiddick. For every person who talks of him as a family leader, someone will mention the well documented Palm Beach escapades.
Perhaps it is the legacy of every public person to be portrayed in death by friends and enemies in ways that are everywhere from humble to the heroic to laced with hyperbole. That’s just the way it is. But to suggest that a short time president, who was a short time Senator prior to that, is truly the last Kennedy brother? That somehow Obama ranks above all those-and John Lewis comes quickly to mind-who truly fought the civil rights struggle?
Is it not enough to evaluate a life based on the totality of its struggles without attributing bizarre, silly, and even ridiculous properties to the recently departed and his/her “heirs”?
Apparently not…and Chris Matthews has reached deep into his sack of chutzpah and bloviation to reach new levels of ridiculous.
Praise or Damn Ted Kennedy for what he did…let’s not make him more than he was or attribute things to him that he himself would likely say are not only not true but also…eh, what’s the word…ridiculous.