The quintessential “progressive”

I already knew this, but I thought it would be news to some of you. Read “Ted Kennedy’s Soviet Gambit” by Peter Robinson in

Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy.

“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. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”

Ted Kennedy, R.I.P.

7 thoughts on “The quintessential “progressive””

  1. Ted. Kennedy deserves the same respect in death as he gave to others. At the risk of sounding completely and totally insensitive, unsympathetic and inhuman, I really don’t give a rat’s ass the guy is dead.

  2. It’s amazing to me that, certainly by now, there’s anything left of the Kennedy “mystique.” It was always highly dependent on image, on appearances as opposed to reality or substance, and what truly lay behind the surface was anything but attractive. I’m not talking about the Cuba thing specifically, but in general. I mean, what does it take for people to see reality the way it actually is? Or are there really that many incorrigible fools out there?

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