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Burden of Truth: Kennedy's Achilles Heel


Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) recently wrote a scathing commentary for the Washington Post. He took Judge Samuel Alito to task and actually suggested that the judge had serious credibility problems. Some might find this humorous, considering the long record Senator Kennedy has of recreating truth to suit his personal notion of history. For example, how many different versions of the Mary Jo Kopechne story have you heard? Even the senator couldn’t get it straight for years.

At any rate, his verbal volleys at Judge Alito seem a bit hypocritical to me, even if I give the senator the benefit of the doubt. In his editorial, the Massachusetts senator quotes Judge Alito’s 1985 job application, which he suggests Alito is now attempting to walk away from. In fact the senator writes that when he and others met with Alito, Alito attempted to distance himself from his comments in that application; comments that are making the liberals a bit nervous. And the senator asks, “Is he [Alito] saying that he really did not mean what he said” 20 years ago?

Senator Kennedy has himself forgotten what he said in contradicting himself on the question of abortion. So why should he be shocked by the judge’s comments? It was in 1971 that Senator Kennedy wrote that abortion on demand “is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life.” Then Roe v. Wade was decided, and the senator’s position took a 180-degree turn. Does this mean he did not mean what he wrote in 1971?

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