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Saturday, May 06, 2006
SIDE ORDER OF MAYO
An extra helping.
Yup, the Kennedy machine is running full throttle.
Patrick, no doubt in a drug-induced state of honesty, was able to provide details of his activities in his written statement.
THURSDAY: “Following the last series of votes on Wednesday evening, I returned to my home on Capitol Hill and took the prescribed amount of Phenergan and Ambien, . . .Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol complex believing I needed to vote. Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication. At that time, I was involved in a one-car incident in which my car hit the security barrier at the corner of 1st and C St., SE.”Then the clean-up crew rushed in to save that great and glorious name of Kennedy. No neckbrace for Patrick, unlike father Ted. No, we must get Patrick off to rehab -- again -- out of the public spotlight. We'll stay behind and clean up. Which is why Patrick now claims:
“At the time of the accident, I was instructed to park my car and was driven home by the United States Capitol Police. At no time did I ask for any special consideration, I simply complied with what the officers asked me to do.”
FRIDAY: “I simply do not remember getting out of bed, being pulled over by the police or being cited for three driving infractions. That’s not how I want to live my life. And that’s not how I want to represent the people of Rhode Island.”That same Boston Herald article did clear up a question I had:
Police are investigating whether U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s bizarre crash-scene story about being late for a 2:45 a.m. vote was a desperate attempt to escape an OUI bust by invoking a law that prevents members of Congress from being arrested while en route to formal sessions, authorities said.
Kennedy, who yesterday admitted an addiction to prescription pain medication, told officers upon emerging from his Mustang convertible Thursday morning that he was “late for a vote,” even though formal business had ended hours earlier, according to a police statement.
(Capitol police officer) Killough said police are careful to observe a provision contained in the U.S. Constitution that protects members of Congress against arrest while traveling to and from formal sessions.
The constitutional provision includes exceptions for “felony or breach of peace” - which could apply to Kennedy’s actions, depending on what investigators find - but Killough said cops typically use restraint when Congress is in session.
Then again, we are talking about a Kennedy: [U]nnamed superiors forbade the cops on the scene from giving Kennedy a sobriety test - so it's too late to know just what he'd ingested. Instead, the cops were told to give the congressman a courtesy lift home.
8 Mark Levin is angry about the double standards and wants to know: If Patrick Kennedy, who is not a first offender, is addicted to painkillers, from where did he get them? And there are news reports that he had been drinking earlier at a Capitol Hill bar and alcohol was later smelled on his breath. So, why was the officer on the scene prevented by more senior police officers from performing a routine sobriety test?
8 Rush, who knows about addiction and recovery, believes there is a cover-up going on. He said there's a double standard, too, citing how Cythinia McKinney is being treated much differently than Patrick Kennedy. But above all, Rush hopes Patrick gets the help he needs: I'm not excusing his behavior and I'm not making fun of his behavior. I'm saying the guy needs help. He's not getting it. There is great help out there. I've been through it. I'd recommend it for people that don't have an addiction problem. I think it's one of the most -- my experience, at a place called The Meadows, was one of the most valuable experiences of my life, certainly in the top five. And he's not getting it because there are people on his team more concerned about the electoral fallout of this incident that he's involved in than they are about him.
8 Riehl World says Kennedy should resign: [I]t's a tremendous disservice to addicts everywhere to presume an active or recently recovering one belongs anywhere near the making of public policy in that regard. In fact, it's downright obscene. … [T]he notion that he will be anything like fit to perform in government for at least a couple of years is simply a myth. Were it the private sector, I'd feel differently. But we've no business putting the public trust into addicts who've yet to string together any significant recovery.
8 Daily Kos agrees, but not for the same reasons: [I]f he can't remember even getting into his car, if he was in rehab over Christmas, if there's an allegation he'd been drinking before the accident -- well maybe he needs to resign.
Why? Not because it’s what Kennedy needs, as Rush said, but because it’s for the good of the Democratic Party ! (duh!): The Democratic Party needs to show it's different, that it's not a club of the elite taking care of the elite. Much as I feel for Congressman Kennedy, it's time for him for his own good and for the good of the Party, to resign with dignity.
h/t Michelle Malkin
8 Clearly, this is just another Rovian Conspiracy...
8 High Court May Replace Miranda with Kennedy Rights