Levi Johnston keeps scumming it up for cash

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So slimy and jerkfaced are Levi Johnston’s continued desperate attempts to milk his 15 minutes of fame stemming from his role as baby daddy to former Alaska Governor and 2008 failed Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, that even some of the Governers critics and non-fans are speaking out about what a tool this guy is.

In a new Vanity Fair hit piece Levi Johnston alleges that Palin rarely attended her son Track’s hockey games, and she “often complained about her job as governor”, saying it was “too hard”. Palin resigned as Governor this summer, citing her family as one of the reasons, although Levi seems to imply that her absence from her sons hockey games may have been to carelessness and not to her duties as Governor and that the “too hard” aspect was not her ability to be a good politician and keep up with her duties as a mother, but suggests ineptitude. Johnston also claims that Sarah and husband Todd talked of divorce often and had a troubled marriage, ignoring that there were no signs of such a rift on display to the public and Sarah publicly laughed off such charges when they were made early last month.

Ace, a political blogger points out the absurdity in the premise that Johnston would have had access to any dirt with which to dish, saying “I don’t know about you, but in my experience, whenever I was dating some girl in high school, her parents were always carelessly exposing family secrets in front of me.” adding “The fact that I was sticking it to their daughter brought me fully within the family circle of trust. I became the family’s therapist/financial advisor/lifecoach based just on the fact that I was ridin’ dirty on their Precious.” Ridiculous when put in those comedically sarcastic terms, yet that is precisely the premise of Johnston’s book. Pathetic.

Even in England, they know this guy is a wanker:

Hang on a minute: this is the grandmother of his son. Whatever you make of the Republican politician, she doesn’t come off worse in this lazy, base ‘exposé’ – Johnston does. And how is he going to explain this interview to his son one day?…

Yet, perhaps Vanity Fair is more at fault here, with its peculiar obsession with savaging Sarah Palin. Having incessantly aimed vitriol at her looks, her ‘narcissism’, her ‘aggressive’ personality and caricaturing her into an elk-shooting bimbo, it has started scraping the barrel. And this time its instrument of choice is Johnston, a teenage scumbag who would put his ego before his child.

Levi’s scumbaggery was recently commented on MSNBC as his credibility, character and fact that his only claim to fame is that he got his teenage girlfriend pregnant was discussed:

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Ted Kennedy: no friend to women

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In addition to the more well known Chappaquiddick scandal where Kennedy, allegedly driving home drunk, like his brothers, had a long record of poor treatment of women.

In 1990, GQ magazine ran a devastating profile of Kennedy. Two 16-year-old girls near the Capitol startled by a limo rolling up, the door opening, Ted sitting in the back with a bottle of wine, asking one, then the other, to join. A former aide who acted as Ted’s “pimp.” His penchant for dating women so young that one did not know he was the subject of many books. Kennedy, at a swank DC restaurant with his drinking buddy Chris Dodd, throwing a petite waitress on his dinner table with such force that glass and flatware shatters and goes flying. Then Ted throws her on to Dodd’s lap and grinds against her. He is interrupted by other waitstaff. He is later caught in the same restaurant, in a semi-private area, having sex on the floor with a lobbyist.

In 1991, Kennedy’s nephew William Kennedy Smith is charged with rape. Kennedy Smith had been out drinking with Ted and Ted’s son Patrick at Au Bar in Palm Beach. Kennedy Smith is eventually acquitted, and it’s never proved that Ted had any knowledge of what happened on the Kennedy grounds that night. He remarried, in 1992, and very publicly domesticated himself.

But the tawdriness — the ostensible elder statesmen getting s – – t-faced and picking up women with his son and his nephew; the acquittal won, in part, by shredding the accuser on the stand and in the press; privilege winning out, always — is in such stark contrast to Kennedy’s politics that you have to wonder: Is this really what Kennedy thought of women?

So how is it exactly that so many women, and feminist minded women no less, were able to support and admire someone who engaged in grossly inappropriate, occasionally criminal behavior with younger women while binge drinking?

Ignorance of this record could play a major part at least to young citizens. “I didn’t know about Chappaquiddick and the rape case until yesterday,” Miriam Perez, a 25-year-old editor at Feministing.com, told the NY Post. She said that she admires Kennedy’s accomplishments, but is perplexed. “Like every person, he’s human and there are lots of flaws involved,” she says. “But a big feminist tenet is: The personal is political. So I don’t feel it’s fair to fully ignore it in this case.”

As is largely suspected is the reason so many feminists turned a similar blind eye to Bill Clintons many sex scandals which included allegations of harassment and rape, it is Kennedys 100% consistent record in championing abortion law that could shed light on why Teddy got a pass from women.

Ted Kennedy and abortion

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Was Kennedy really “Committed to changing the world one life at a time“?

Kennedy wrote in a letter to a voter in 1971 that “wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized — the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old.” But like many other Catholic liberals, from Joseph Biden to Dennis Kucinich, he moved leftward with his party, becoming a down-the-line supporter of abortion rights, with a voting record that brooked no compromise on the issue.

A review of Kennedy’s unwavering pro-abortion record:

  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion.
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.
  • Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime.
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life.
  • Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions.
  • Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions.
  • Voted NO on banning human cloning.
  • Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record.

Ted Kennedys sister Eunice remained against abortion later in her life, so what made Teddy change? Along with her husband, Sargent Shriver, Eunice belonged to America’s dwindling population of outspoken pro-life liberals. “Like her church, she saw a continuity, rather than a contradiction, between championing the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed and protecting unborn human life.” notes Ross Douthat in a NY Times column asking What if Teddy had opposed abortion?

At times, Ted Kennedy’s fervor on abortion felt like an extended apology to his party’s feminists for the way the men of his dynasty behaved in private. Eunice, by contrast, had nothing to apologize for. She knew what patriarchy meant: she was born into a household out of “Mad Men,” where the father paraded his mistress around his family, the sons were groomed for high office, and the daughters were expected to marry well, rear children and suffer silently. And she transcended that stifling milieu, doing more than most men to change the world, and earning the right to disagree with her fellow liberals about what true feminism required.

It’s worth pondering how the politics of abortion might have been different had Ted shared even some of his sister’s qualms about the practice. One could imagine a world in which America’s leading liberal Catholic had found a way to make liberalism less absolutist on the issue, and a world where a man who became famous for reaching across the aisle had reached across, even occasionally, in search of compromise on the country’s most divisive issue.