Ted Kennedy was no hero to the right. His greater
achievements were in support of liberal causes, his legacy is being used to push health care reform
, and, worst of all, he helped out John Kerry
So how are conservative pundits reacting to Kennedy's passing and
non-stop media eulogizing? Blogs and publications show their true
- Putting Aside Politics Some of Kennedy's
sharpest critics in life are, in death, pausing to show respect for the
Senator's life and work. Michelle Malkin, quoting a psalm, wrote, "There is a time and place for political analysis and criticism. Not now." Ed Morrissey concurred. The Wall Street Journal's John Fund praised Kennedy for helping Robert Novak during Novak's final months. National Review's Jonah Goldberg, noting
Kennedy's "good side," wrote, "I'm staying mostly silent about Ted
Kennedy for reasons that should be obvious." Other fond National Review
remembrances come from Victor Davis Hanson, John J. Pitney, Bill Bennett, and John J. Miller.
Finding small ways to praise Kennedy, as these conservatives have done,
seems an admirably adult and nonpartisan move for a political
blogosphere that is often anything but adult or nonpartisan.
- Deeply Offensive National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez was not as charitable as her colleagues. "He’s responsible for things that are deeply offensive to my conscience
and diametrically opposed to the teachings of the Catholic faith, and
he probably led some people astray by his example," she wrote. "But our faith also
teaches that we are all sinners and that there is redemption." She later followed up, responding to criticism. "We can't forget Mary Jo Kopechne. We can't neglect his treatment of Bob
Bork," she wrote. "We can't pretend that it's okay to call yourself Catholic (or an "ardent, practicing one") and be a proponent of legal abortion, for one thing."
- Little of Both Redstate's
Erick Erickson split the difference, criticizing Kennedy as well as
praising him an encounter when Erickson, in law school, sought
him out for a research paper. "He was very nice, generous with his
time, and disagreed with me on
everything," Erickson wrote. "We completely and totally disagreed. He
got a laugh out of
it, as did I." But Erickson had criticism, too. "He, to me, represented
all that is wrong
with Washington — a kingdom of nepotism and worship at the alter of
failed liberal policies that get repeated ad infinitum," he wrote. But
before you give Erickson too much credit for civility, note his
somewhat freer language on his Twitter account: "Were Ted Kennedy
on the gov't healthcare plan he advocated, he probably would have been
cost/benefited out to the pasture a long time ago" and "Let's also remember Ted Kennedy collaborated with the KGB to undermine Ronald Reagan: Link"
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