I have been noting with no small amount of wicked glee over the last two days the spin coming out of the Democratic National Convention in the wake of the #DNCLeak.
You know…Democrats be all like
“OMGWTFBBQ – First person ever to ask a foreign government to interfere in an election! TREASON! TREASON! RESIGN! RESIGN!”
I’m old enough to remember when this happened.
“On 9-10 May of this year,” the May 14 memorandum explained, “Sen. Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow.” (Tunney was Kennedy’s law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) “The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.”
Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election.
Foreign powers? Messing about in American presidential elections? At the behest of “The Liberal Lion?” The man our current President eulogized as ” the greatest legislator of our time?”
Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers.
First he offered to visit Moscow. “The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.” Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda.
Ted Kennedy, a Democrat, would tell the Soviet Union how to “brush up their propaganda?”
Kennedy would make certain the networks gave Andropov air time–and that they rigged the arrangement to look like honest journalism.
Well, isn’t it a good thing we don’t have that problem today?
And why would Ted Kennedy, the Greatest Democrat of his Generation, who was entirely perfect and blameless of anything that ever happened in his life while not behind the wheel of an Oldsmobile, offer such aid and comfort to the Soviet Union during the Cold War?
Surely not something so trivial and callow as presidential politics?
“Tunney remarked that the senator wants to run for president in 1988,” the memorandum continued. “Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president.”
IT’S OKAY IF YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT.
BUT NOT IF YOU’RE A REPUBLICAN.
OR A DEMOCRAT RUNNING AS A REPUBLICAN.