I’d like to share with you some of the buzz from last night’s event – the passing of that Kennedy. Obviously, it was a leading trend topic for most of the late evening and early morning. I tend to follow like-minded people so I wasn’t shocked to see a lot of outrageously “inappropriate” comments ticking down the page. Most people were trying NOT to laugh. I received a few private messages from people saying that they would love to retweet some of my own comments but were a little gun shy. Who they fear I do not know.
After about 20 tweets just announcing his death, A_Smithee got the ball rolling with: “alright, someone’s gotta say it: “Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.” Followed quickly by the sublimely snarky tweet from J_Waite: “My condolences to the people who loved Ted Kennedy.” StickeeNotes wrote: “RIP Obama’s vacation.” My first provocative tweet suggested he be buried “at pond.” JTlol (Jim Treacher), as usual, held nothing back with: “Why do I suddenly have a craving for Chivas Regal and a Polish secretary?” After that tweet came the chastising. Michelle Malkin, Andy Levy (always the self-imposed control freak, hall monitor), Randy Haddock (threatening to unfollow anyone with lack of respect towards Kennedy – buh bye Randy!) and tygerbaby led the chorus of “stay classy.” So Weaslecommander said, ”Staying Classy… I will NOT make jokes regarding the lack of need for embalming fluid.” I tweeted that “Teddy being the last Kennedy is like Shemp being the last Howard.” J_Waite said, “Screw it! Tweet whatever you want cons. If someone gets mad just say you were drunk. All should be forgiven.”
Heres a running list of great tweets: Random thought: Taking the high road got us President Obama.-J_Waite / Sen Ted Kennedy, Former Oldsmobile Owner, Dies at 77/ Sen Ted Kennedy died tonight after a bout with brain cancer – Q_Element / Staying Classy …NO Jokes that a cremation would only require a match and a wick -WeaselCommander/ i will never understand how Ted Kennedy endorsed Obama knowing that Ayers wrote a book dedicated to Sirhan Sirhan.- somuchpain/ The Kennedy Family Curse is “er uh, get your dinghy out of our harbuh, you fackin lowlife.” -BigFurHat/ If they dedicate ObamaCare Bill to Ted, can we dedicate an anti-DUI bill to Mary Jo Kopechne? – s_dog/
But the man who, for me, put the entire evening in it’s proper perspective was Andrew Breitbart. This is great stuff:
Rest in Chappaquiddick/ Kennedy laid groundwork for legitimizing media-killing of conservatives. What he did to destroy Thomas & Bork is unforgivable. Mary Jo, too./ For whom did Sen. Kennedy show compassion? Bork? Thomas? The Kopechnes? Please, this is not about politics. This is about decency./Pretending to care about poor & downtrodden (while institutionally using ill-gotten power to destroy them) is not a legacy to be proud of./ I’m more than willing to go off decorum to ensure THIS MAN is not beatified. Sorry, he destroyed lives. And he knew it./How dare you compare Snow & Reagan to Kennedy! Why do you grant a BULLY special status upon his death? This isnt lib v con./At what level of indecency does this rule stop? Pol Pot? Manson? OJ? Scott Peterson? Im in need of a morality primer!/do your rules apply to all unrepentant, self-destructive, hypocritical manslaughterers? or just kennedys?/Look, this man was granted absolution for nothing. Class, life station played a part but PARTY was everything. GOP couldnt get away with it./T. Kennedy is NOTHING without elite media bias & hyper-enabling. IF a GOP possesses 1/100 of human failings of T. Kennedy he/she is TOAST./Thank you Clarence Thomas for showing extraordinary dignity in the face of this man’s indescribably mean-spirited torrent of partisan venom./This duplicitous bastard spit on GWB’s face when he reached across party lines. Twas a grade school trick. Even til the end, he was a prick./In this moment I cant but recognize absolute backwardness of media & society. Bush=EVIL. Ted Kennedy=SAINT. Im gonna keep fighin’, folks./I’m not attacking a dead person because he was a liberal Democrat. I have ZERO history of doing that. Ted Kennedy is special./If you cant say something nice about a person then say mean things about them instead. Especially if they are unapologetic manslaughterers./I’ll shut my mouth for Carter. That’s just politics. Kennedy was a special pile of human excrement./Fun exercise: Explain Chappaquiddick to a ten year old. Answer their questions factually, dispassionately. Now find me one not horrified./If he apologized on his death bed, I will take it all back. Seriously. Good night.
UPDATE: This is a commenter responding to Michelle Malkin’s call for respect towards Kennedy.