If you go to the 30 minute mark of this audio from NPR's The Diane Rehm Show, Newsweek’s Ed Klein recounts what a "good" sense of humor Ted Kennedy had since he loved telling and hearing Chappaquiddick jokes.
Update: From This Can't Waite
While the left acknowledges Kennedy’s “personal shortcomings” they claim he atoned for them through his ”life of service”. That phrase really burns me up. Whether it’s applied to the Kennedys or the Clintons, life of service is malarky. Political elites of both parties lead lives of self-service, and google has the photo-ops to prove it. In my opinion, all the Kennedy male moral shortcomings can be traced back Joe Kennedy’s twisted form of parenting. Those boys were all bred to propel a farce called Camelot through whatever means necessary. While I’ll admit his goals for civil rights and health care for may have come from a genuine place, they could never atone for his biggest sin. His pride..
The left (and many on the right) is crying for Kennedy’s foes to hold our tongues this week, to set politics aside. What they don’t get is that the reason most of us whole-heartedly detest Teddy Kennedy has nothing to do with politics. Call it petty. Call us stuck in the past. But we just can’t let the fact that he never took responsibility for Mary Jo Kopechne’s death go. I used to think, “Well, maybe he’s privately guilt ridden over it. I know I would be.” Apparently, not so much. Turns out Teddy LOVED him some Chappaquidick jokes