Originally posted at American Thinker blog
Jimmy Carter is so mad heâ€™s spitting peanut shells. In an effort to buoy a dismal legacy, Carter resurrected the â€œLion of the Senateâ€ from a saintly sarcophagus to blame the dead senator for delaying comprehensive health coverage for three decades.
In a â€œ60 Minutesâ€ interview with Leslie Stahl Jimmy claimed, â€œThe fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now, had it not been for Ted Kennedy’s deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed.â€ Carter asserts that if it wasnâ€™t for Kennedy, who is viewed as the â€œchampion of the recent health care legislation,â€ Americans would already have comprehensive care and Carter policy would be the reason why.
Imagine how a failed ex-president must feel seeing Ted Kennedy, who Carter says â€œdeliberately blockedâ€ health care legislation, receiving kudos for being â€œa lifelong champion for universal health care.â€ Jimmy Carter obviously feels the need to set the record straight, to thwart a dead Kennedy from getting credit for a policy he prevented from passing while Carter was in office.
In the â€œ60 Minutesâ€ interview, Jimmy Carter exhibits unbridled disdain for the late Senator, claiming that 30 years ago, â€œTed Kennedy killed the billâ€ and that the Massachusetts senatorâ€™s suppressing health care was a mean political tactic.
At the time, Kennedy and Carter were both vying for the Democratic presidential nomination so, according to Carter, Kennedy blocked health care â€œout of spite.â€ During the post-mortem assault, Jimmy accuses Teddy of not wanting to see him have â€œa major success in that realm of life.â€
Pretty nasty stuff! Carter claims Kennedy undermined people-friendly policy to further his presidential aspirations. Jimmy should have insisted the Stahl interview be conducted while strolling across Dikeâ€™s Bridge, where Carter could have explained how â€œKennedy killed the bill,â€ driving home an observable point.
Carter reveals that while liberals lit votives at the altar of St. Teddy, he was keeping a journal chronicling the Massachusetts senatorâ€™s unflattering behavior. Carter penned in his diary, â€œKennedy continuing his irresponsible and abusive attitude, immediately condemning our health plan.â€
Is a peanut farmer from Georgia daring to accuse Hyannis Port royalty of â€œabusiveâ€¦irresponsibleâ€¦spitefulâ€ behavior? Doesnâ€™t Jimmy know that dearly departed Ted was a consummate gentleman, always ready to transport young women safely to any destination? To suggest Teddy Kennedy quashed health care reform fails to credit the deceased senator as a â€œpeople friendly personâ€ who always put the well being of others ahead of his own welfare.
The interview proved that Carter is desperate to be credited with something â€“ anything, be it health care reform, or as the architect of a never adopted, money-saving energy conservation program. For many reasons, Jimmy Carterâ€™s presidency was, and is still, considered abysmal. Yet at this late date a departed senator could redeem Jimmyâ€™s forlorn legacy.
President Carterâ€™s truthful â€œ60 Minutesâ€ expose of Kennedyâ€™s willingness to â€œkillâ€ to advance a political career has shed new light on Mr. Poucha Pond’s malicious nature and could turn out to be the most glorious political achievement of Carterâ€™s fifty-year career.