Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 8, 2006

Ted Kennedy recalls the “Goldwater presidency”

Filed under: — Different River @ 4:14 am

My brother just sent me this one, from the Washington Post:

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), hosting a morning roundtable with reporters, had nothing nice to say about Alito. “We here in the United States are not going to stand for monarchial tyranny,” he said, protesting Alito’s support for “unfettered, unlimited power of the executive.” He faulted Alito for belonging to a group that was “anti-black and also anti-women.” Kennedy wondered if “the average person is going to be able to get a fair shake” under Alito.

Briefly, Kennedy rewrote the outcome of the 1964 election. “This nominee was influenced by the Goldwater presidency,” he said. “The Goldwater battles of those times were the battles against the civil rights laws.” Only then did Kennedy acknowledge that “Judge Alito at that time was 14 years old.”

So first Kennedy says that Alito was influenced by the “Goldwater presidency” — and then “corrects” himself to say that Alito was [only] 14 years old at the time of the “Goldwater presidency.” That’s a correction?

And they say the “Bushisms” are bad!

(Note to the history-impaired: Alito was not 14 years old during the Goldwater presidency — because there was no Goldwater presidency. Goldwater lost the election of 1964 to Lyndon Johnson in what was the biggest landslide up to that time. And Ted Kennedy could be expected to know that, because Kennedy was not only not 14 years old at the time; he was 34 years old and was — with Goldwater — a U.S. Senator at the time!)

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