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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Top 10 Responses to "Kennedy Car Crash Coverup"

Okay, so I here I am finally about to write something about the whole Ted Kennedy and Cape Wind thing. (For those who don't know, Cape Wind is the project that's meant to provide an environmentally-sound source of energy through the use of 130 wind turbines that stand 400 feet high. Kennedy is opposing Cape Wind, many say, because this "wind farm" would be located just offshore of Cape Cod, and would block the scenic view from the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport.)

So here I am, I've got a title for my post ("Kennedy passes wind") and everything, and then I get an email from Jay at Stop the ACLU alerting me to this story at the Drudge Report:
Kennedy Car Crash Coverup?

Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), son of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

ROLL CALL reports: According to a letter sent by Officer Greg Baird, acting chairman of the USCP FOP, the wreck took place at approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday when Kennedy's car, operating with its running lights turned off, narrowly missed colliding with a Capitol Police cruiser and smashed into a security barricade at First and C streets Southeast.

“The driver exited the vehicle and he was observed to be staggering,” Baird’s letter states. Officers approached the driver, who “declared to them he was a Congressman and was late to a vote. The House had adjourned nearly three hours before this incident. It was Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy from Rhode Island.”

Baird wrote that Capitol Police Patrol Division units, who are trained in driving under the influence cases, were not allowed to perform basic field sobriety tests on the Congressman. Instead, two sergeants, who also responded to the accident, proceeded to confer with the Capitol Police watch commander on duty and then “ordered all of the Patrol Division Units to leave the scene and that they were taking over.”

A source tells the DRUDGE REPORT: "It was apparent that the driver was intoxicated (stumbling) and claimed he was in a hurry to make a vote.

"When it became apparent who it was, instead of processing a normal DWI, the watch commander had the Patrol units clear the scene. The commander allowed other building officials to drive Kennedy home."

This morning's incident comes just over two weeks after Kennedy was involved in a car accident in Rhode Island.

"I was involved in a traffic accident last night at First and C Street SE near the U.S. Capitol," Kennedy said in a written statement released by his office. "I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident. I will fully cooperate with the Capitol Police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."
Jay's got a roundup of blogosphere reaction. Everyone agrees that a Kennedy-in-a-car-accident story is too easy, but no one can resist. And hey, I never claimed to be better than anyone else. Plus, a lot of the good ones are taken already, so there's some skill involved here.

The Top Ten responses to "Kennedy car crash coverup":

10. All those extra hours Teddy made Patrick practice are finally paying off: nobody died this time.

9. All those extra hours Teddy made Patrick practice are finally paying off: the car stayed on the road this time.

8. I don't remember the whole joke, but at the end the old rabbi says to the young rabbi, "A Kennedy car crash coverup? This you get me out of bed for?"

7. I bet this story was already in the files, like the obits of famous people are.

6. "A story about a Kennedy Car Crash Coverup? C'mon, kid, you're gonna have to do better than that if you wanna make it at this paper."

5. Why is this even news?

4. ...And the horse says to the bartender, "It's better than being a Kennedy car crash coverup!"

3. "Two accidents in two weeks and nobody died? Do you have any idea how much shame you've brought to this family??"

2. "You don't really expect me to fall for the old "Drunken-Kennedy-in-a-car-crash-coverup" routine again, do you?"

And the number one response to "Kennedy in car crash coverup" is:

1. Guns don't kill people. Kennedys in car crash coverups do.

Anonymous Chris from Victoria, BC said...

Background info: According to two independent sources, Kennedy probably lied about not using alcohol:

Capital Police incident report states Kennedy under influence of alcohol
Bar hostess says Kennedy drinking that night

As I've pointed out elsewhere, if he lied to the police about this, that was obstruction of justice.

However, there is a much more serious side to this.

Kennedy told officers he was going to a House vote at 2:45 AM. As you may be aware, the U.S. Constitution protects Members of Congress from being arrested or detained by the police in most circumstances providing they are going to or from the House to vote. This is to protect from interference in the Democratic process by the administration or police.

He lied to the Capital Police officers and told them he was on his way to a vote at 2:45 AM... when there was no vote... which may have caused the Capital Police to confer with higher-ups and the higher-ups to order not to arrest Kennedy because of the U.S. Constitution... is Kennedy guilty of obstruction of justice: a felony?

If I was on a jury, I’d have to conclude he was.

He’s trying to escape legal jeopardy.

Q. Why did he lie about his drinking to the officers if he did so?
A. Obstruction of justice.

Q. Why did he lie about going to a vote at 2:45 AM if he wasn’t?
A. Abusing his power as a Congressman to subvert the U.S. Constitution and obstruct justice.

So now he’s saying he wasn’t drinking, but he was abusing prescription drugs. This despite the two previous sources I cited that state he was either “under the influence of alcohol” (the cops) or “drinking” (bar hostess).

And Kennedy’s own statement said that he took precisely the prescribed amount of his prescription drugs and no more.

His statements have changed multiple times, but it's his actions that night, which were in my opinion felonious.

If it walks like abusing his power to subvert the U.S. Constitution and obstruction of justice and if it talks like abusing his power to subvert the U.S. Constitution and obstruction of justice, it's a duck.

Key Point:

Patrick Kennedy abused his power as a Congressman to subvert the U.S. Constitution and obstruct justice when he lied to the Capital Police about going to a House vote at 2:45 AM when there wasn't any House vote at that time.

Blogger Sennakesavan said...

I don't know why these accidents are happening. If they drived carefully i hope it might not happen.
Most of the accidents are happening due to OVERSPEED. Life is in our hands.

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