The C-word unchained
Now that Senator Edward Kennedy is dead, the media have been filled with articles and editorials recounting the story of his life, and many have been notable for their attention to a particular incident on a bridge 40 years ago. It's remarkable how many people want to talk about Chappaquiddick. Until Kennedy died, the incident was considered all but unmentionable among the bien-pensants. Once he was safely evicted from this world, the dam seemed to break, and everyone wanted to talk about it. It's like that scene in 'Downfall', after Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide. An official walks into the room where all the high-level officers are waiting for news and announces, "Gentlemen, the Fuehrer is dead," whereupon they all immediately light up cigarettes, which Hitler had forbidden in the Bunker. This is the press's cigarette moment. Even those who slavishly carried water for Kennedy and the Left for the past 4 decades felt the pressure of unnatural silence over such an appalling crime, and are finding relief in speaking of it, even if it's only to scoff that it was no big deal.