Friday, August 28, 2009

On Ted Kennedy: Recommended Reading

As we bask in the glow of Ted Kennedy's legacy (brought to you by every East Coast-based organ of the mainstream media), let's look at the late Michael Kelly's long and brilliant piece, published in GQ nearly 20 years ago. A short excerpt:
A former mid-level Kennedy staffer, bitterly disillusioned, recalls with disgust one (now ex-) high-ranking aide as “a pimp…whose real position was to procure women for Kennedy.” The fellow did have a legitimate job, she says, but also openly bragged of his prowess at getting attractive and beddable dates for his boss. The former staffer also recalls attending a party at Kennedy’s McLean, Virginia, mansion and finding it “sleazy and weird” to see that senator had apparently established as his live-in girlfriend a young woman known to the staff as the T-Shirt Girl, a New Englander who had previously sold tees at a beach resort and who had reportedly met the senator through his son Teddy junior.

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