Thursday, May 04, 2006

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Ted Kennedy's son, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) "crashed his car near the Capitol” at 2:45 a.m. Thursday. A police official said Kennedy appeared to be drunk — you don't say! — but Kennedy denied it: "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."

An official said cops were not allowed to require Kennedy to perform a field sobriety tests. Kennedy has a history of drug and mental-health problems. Roll Call is following the story.

(HAT TIP: MALKIN)
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10:20 P.M (ET) UPDATE

Kennedy blames the accident on PRESCRIPTION DRUGS!
Well, Congressman, we're sure Rush Limbaugh would be understanding and tolerant, but you won't get any sympathy from Rep. Major Owens (D-NY).

12:20 A.M. (ET) UPDATE
Hey, wait a minute! OK, you're taking prescription sleep medication. Got it. So why are you driving around Capitol Hill at 2:45 a.m.? "Gosh, I've taken four or five Ambiens, it's almost 3 in the morning, and, doggone it, I'm still not sleepy. Guess it's time to head on down to the office ...."

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Patrick J. Kennedy was one of the top House Democrat recipients of money from Jack Abramoff's clients.

And remember: Chappaquiddick Ted was the genius behind our current immigration woes.

-- McCAIN

UPDATES: GOP And The City: "Stop me if you have heard this one before... Kennedy gets drunk. Kennedy crashes car. Kennedy tries to cover up."

Howie Carr has the report (in PDF format) of Patrick Kennedy's April 15 accident in Portsmouth, R.I.

According to the April 15 report, filed by Sgt. Anthony K. Cambrola, Kennedy was driving a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria — owned by his re-election campaign committee — about 10 p.m. on a Saturday night when he turned left, directly in front of a 2000 Nissan Maxima driven by Thomas J. Guthlein. Kennedy's handwriting on Page 6 of the report is an illegible scrawl.

Expose the Left has video of a "Hardball" appearance by a Roll Call staffer.

Dan Riehl links us (thanks, Dan!) Now Dan has added more analysis.

Ace of Spades
is, as usual, all over it.

Also on the story: Holy Coast, Third Avenue, Wizbang, Sandbox, AllahPundit, Free Republic, Outside the Beltway, Texas Rainmaker ...

Joust the Facts
reminds us of the Lewinskyesque treatment Patrick Kennedy got from the MSM:
"Patrick Kennedy: The Rise to Power'' is a new, unauthorized biography billing the young Rhode Island congressman with tousled hair as Camelot's torch bearer.

The son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., and the nephew of President John Kennedy, Patrick is the highest-ranking Kennedy of his generation and embodies the political future of his family. ...

The 161-page paperback stretches from Patrick's asthmatic childhood to his battles in the Rhode Island Statehouse, then to his rise to a leadership position in Congress. It points out that since his cousin, Joseph P. Kennedy II, retired as a Massachusetts congressman in 1998, there's been more room on the stage for Patrick.

"Patrick is now the political crown prince,'" said Brown University professor Darrell West, the book's author. "People aren't aware of how influential Patrick has become nationally, he really has arrived on the national scene as a player.''

Yeah, I know what you're thinking: What did Ted pay Professor West to write this book?

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Dan Flynn spots the anti-Kennedy plot:

Can you believe the nerve of the Capitol Police? First they make Cynthia McKinney assault one of their officers, and now they cause Rep. Patrick Kennedy to run his car into a security barrier. .... Apparently, C-SPAN has joined the Capitol Police in the conspiracy as well. Curiously, the network has no video of the House of Representatives vote at quarter of three this morning that Congressman Kennedy heroically rushed to make. ... The entire Republican caucus, too, conveniently decided to miss the vote, lending credence to this Internet conspiracy theory that there was never a vote at 2:45 a.m. in the first place.
By the way, did I mention that the shocking TRUTH about Chappaquiddick is told in Chapter 2 of DONKEY CONS? That's to say nothing of the stolen 1960 election (Chapter 3), the Kennedy clan's mob ties (Chapter 4), their hypocrisy (Chapter 9) or JFK's obsession with hookers (Chapter 10).

Curt at Flopping Aces has a pretty good rundown of recent news in the Democrats' "culture of corruption." But Curt, you forgot about: former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, the Chicago Hired Truck scandal, the Philadelphia "pay for play" scandal, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, the "Tennessee Waltz" investigation ...

Patrick Kennedy was challenged in both 2002 and 2004 by Republican David W. Rogers. Rogers is a former Navy SEAL. Both times, Kennedy got over 60% of the vote. There is a Rhode Island Republican Party, but ... hey, this is Lincoln Chafee territory.

In March 2000, Kennedy got into an altercation with an airport security guard at LAX.

Don Surber points out the privilege factor:

No sobriety test even though it was 2:50 a.m. and he just crashed into an inanimate object. ...
Double standard. He gets off because he is DWIC -- Driving While In Congress. ...
This is not about party politics. This is about the rule of law. Either the rules apply to everyone equally, or the law is unfair and we live not in a democracy, but in a feudal system with princes who inherit lands and titles. ...
Now we know why the Capitol Police exist: To serve to protect Congress from the law.

One thing I'm suspicious about: There are no reports of any women in the car with Kennedy for either the April 15 or Thursday accidents. Think about this. A Kennedy, in a car wreck, and ... no chicks? Kind of makes you long for the good old days of the "waitress sandwich" ...

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