July 18, 1969

It was 45 years ago today that the philandering, corpulent drunkard Teddy Kennedy drove his car off a bridge in Chappaquiddick, got himself to safety, and abandoned the young Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in the wreckage.

The affair likely cost him the Presidency, but little else. If there is any justice in the hereafter, he’s paying the balance now.

Some of you will be old enough to remember a Volkswagen ad that ran in the National Lampoon some time later. For those of tender years, I reproduce it below:


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  1. Thomas says

    Funny, but the event seems to have been erased from the memories of the folks in charge at ABC News. Blimpy’s cowardly act went unmentioned in this evening’s edition of World News with Diane Sawyer. But we’re not surprised, are we?

    Posted July 18, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
  2. Kevin Kim says

    Who would be brave enough to make an ad like this nowadays?

    Posted July 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm | Permalink
  3. Kevin Kim says

    (Even as a parody?)

    Posted July 19, 2014 at 1:44 am | Permalink
  4. Musey says

    Great ad.

    Posted August 10, 2014 at 12:09 am | Permalink