Sad news today for liberals everywhere - Ted Kennedy is dead.
Perhaps best known for Chappaquiddick and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, he's also known for doing some stuff in some high elected body that resides in D.C., or so I've been told. Apparently, been there for years being a legislator or judge.
Coincidentally, on the day of his death, South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer called for Gov. Mark "on the trail" Sanford's resignation, because his continued presence is hindering the state's business.
Why is this a coincidence? It's not, really. Both men hold (or held) powerful positions, and they like women. Some would argue they like multiple women - at the same time.
But if the death of Kopechne isn't enough to derail a man's political career, should a tryst with a woman be enough to stop another's?
That's not a fair question. In Kennedy's case, a woman is dead. The circumstances were suspect, he got a slap on the wrist and continued to serve as a senator for decades, doing good deeds throughout the way.
It puts an uncomfortable feeling in my stomach.
Sanford, on the other hand, slept around and now his understudy wants to sit in the big chair. I'd be surprised if Sanford ran again, and more surprised if he did and won. He's got 18 months left in his public career, barring the impossible from happening. He doesn't have to face voters again.
Kennedy did, though, for years and years after Chappaquiddick, winning each time. It may have stopped him being president, but he kept a nice office in the Senate for as long as he wanted.
Kopechne was still dead, and people kept voting for Kennedy. His voters answered the question - is someone's death enough to keep someone from office - time and time again.
I wonder if they answered it right.