• REVIEW: In "Chappaquiddick", Ted Kennedy Finally Depicted As The Degene

    From Ubiquitous@21:1/5 to All on Mon Apr 9 04:22:47 2018
    Ted Kennedy biographer Neal Gabler, whining in The New York Times on
    Friday, accused Chappaquiddick of “outright character
    assassination.” He insinuates that the critically-acclaimed film
    dishonestly portrays the night Kennedy killed a young campaign
    secretary by drunkenly driving her off a bridge and leaving her to
    drown, but Gabler fails to point to any historical inconsistencies
    other than the amount Bruce Dern’s Joseph Kennedy Sr. should have
    slurred his speech. The charge rings hollow, as Ted Kennedy’s
    character committed suicide long ago, no assassination necessary.

    Everything about Chappaquiddick — writing, acting, directing,
    casting, etc. — is quite good. Most importantly, the film accurately
    depicts the events that took place the night of July 18, 1969. Ted
    Kennedy, then the senior senator from Massachusetts, invited a group
    of six single, female campaign secretaries to join him and five
    married, male friends for a party at a cottage on Chappaquiddick
    Island near Martha’s Vineyard. At 11:15 p.m., Kennedy drunkenly took
    Mary Jo Kopochne, who left her purse and hotel key at the cottage,
    for a late night drive in his mother’s car. He drove off the bridge,
    swam to safety, and left Kopechne to drown. Kennedy then walked past
    four houses without alerting any neighbors to the accident, returned
    to the cottage, told his cousin and friend what had happened, and
    eventually returned to his hotel room in Edgartown. Throughout the
    night and early next morning, Kennedy attempted to establish an
    alibi and made several phone calls to friends for advice on how best
    to cover it all up. He lied in official testimony, temporarily
    donned an obviously unnecessary neck brace, and played the victim.
    At no point before police discovered the submerged car and
    Kopechne’s body did Kennedy report the crash to authorities.

    Since that hazy night, Ted’s co-partisans have likewise attempted to
    cast him as the victim in the whole affair: the persevering public
    servant who overcame tragedy to emerge as the “Lion of the Senate.”
    When Kennedy died in 2009, accolades poured in from Democrats and
    the mainstream media — but I repeat myself — almost all of which
    lauded the “the Lion of the Senate.” Now at last the popular culture
    honestly depicts Ted Kennedy as the womanizing, man-slaughtering,
    duplicitous, lying, cheating, cowardly drunk that he was.

    So why now? It certainly is not because some crypto-conservatives
    have managed to sneak one by Hollywood’s left-wing gatekeepers.
    Virtually everyone involved in the film appears to lean politically
    to the left, from star Jason Clarke to director John Curran, who
    responded to an interview request from Fox News’ Sean Hannity with a
    curt, “No f***in’ way. I’m not embracing the Right.” Even the
    notoriously left-leaning critics like it. No, Chappaquiddick got
    made, not because Hollywood has embraced the Right, but because
    Democrats have embraced the Left. The Democrat Party still excuses
    all sorts of evildoers and ne’er-do-wells, but “time’s up” at least
    for the degenerate, straight, white men in its ranks. Intersectional
    hyenas are devouring their own — even their lions of the Senate.
    Conservatives should grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.

    Dems & the media want Trump to be more like Obama, but then he'd
    have to audit liberals & wire tap reporters' phones.

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