No Joke: After Ginning Up 'War on Women' Rhetoric, OFA Uses Ted Kennedy to Tout Obamacare
Organizing for America, which likes to gin up the phony "war on women" rhetoric on behalf of Democrats and President Barack Obama, used the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) of all people in an email on Saturday to encourage supporters to add their names to a list of those who support Obamacare.
The e-mail's subject is "Ted Kennedy," and the email uses a quote from Kennedy about health care being a "fundamental right and not a privilege."
"Health care reform took generations of organizing," the email says. "Add your name to the permanent record of people who made it happen."
Organizing for America, like many Democrats, lionize Kennedy even though he may have been the embodiment of someone who waged war on women. Kennedy drove a car into Chappaquiddick, which resulted in the drowning death Mary Jo Kopechne, and there were numerous on-the-record accounts of Kennedy groping women and making lewd comments about them. Kennedy's family is also notorious for their serial philandering and treating women with the utmost disrespect.
The late Michael Kelly wrote about the infamous "waitress sandwich" incident in GQ magazine:
As Gaviglio enters the room, the six-foot-two, 225-plus-pound Kennedy grabs the five-foot-three, 103-pound waitress and throws her on the table. She lands on her back, scattering crystal, plates and cutlery and the lit candles. Several glasses and a crystal candlestick are broken. Kennedy then picks her up from the table and throws her on Dodd, who is sprawled in a chair. With Gaviglio on Dodd's lap, Kennedy jumps on top and begins rubbing his genital area against hers, supporting his weight on the arms of the chair. As he is doing this, Loh enters the room. She and Gaviglio both scream, drawing one or two dishwashers. Startled, Kennedy leaps up. He laughs. Bruised, shaken and angry over what she considered a sexual assault, Gaviglio runs from the room. Kennedy, Dodd and their dates leave shortly thereafter, following a friendly argument between the senators over the check.
Eyewitness Betty Loh told me that Kennedy had "three or four" cocktails in his first half hour at the restaurant and wine with dinner. When she walked into the room after Gaviglio had gone in, she says, "what I saw was Senator Kennedy on top of Carla, who was on top of Senator Dodd's lap, and the tablecloth was sort of slid off the table 'cause the table was knocked over—not completely, but just on Senator Dodd's lap a little bit, and of course the glasses and the candlesticks were totally spilled and everything. And right when I walked in, Senator Kelly jumped off…and he leaped up, composed himself and got up. And Carla jumped up and ran out of the room."
According to Loh, Kennedy "was sort of leaning" on Gaviglio, "not really straddling but sort of off-balance so it was like he might have accidentally fallen…He was partially on and off…pushing himself off her to get up." Dodd, she adds, "said 'It's not my fault.' " Kennedy said something similar and added, jokingly, "Makes you wonder about the leaders of this country."
And ABC News reported on Kennedy's lewd and demeaning remarks to Carrie Fisher, who was Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-CT) date:
"Suddenly, Senator Kennedy, seated directly across from me, looked at me with his alert, aristocratic eyes and asked me a most surprising question. 'So,' he said, clearly amused, 'do you think you'll be having sex with Chris at the end of your date?' ... To my left, Chris Dodd looked at me with an unusual grin hanging on his very flushed face."
Her reply: "'Funnily enough, I won't be having sex with Chris tonight,' I said, my face composed and calm. 'No, that probably won't happen.' People blinked. 'Thanks for asking, though.'"
His retort: "'Would you have sex with Chris in a hot tub?' Senator Kennedy asked me, perhaps as a way to say good night? 'I'm no good in water,' I told him." (A representative for Dodd did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com's request for comment.)
Obama reportedly promised Kennedy that he would champion health care reform when Kennedy endorsed him during the 2008 Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton.