Nice catch by Aram Bakshian, Jr.:

We are reminded by Mr. Young that one of Mr. Edwards’s early boosters was the late Ted Kennedy, who “saw almost unlimited potential in this young, energetic, well-spoken, good-looking Southerner.” In a conversation with Mr. Young, Mr. Kennedy waxed sentimental about Washington in the early 1960s: “It used to be civilized. The media was on our side. We’d get our work done by one o’clock and by two we were at the White House chasing women. We got the job done, and the reporters focused on the issues. . . . It was civilized.” We now know that Mr. Edwards’s idea of civilization was much the same as Kennedy’s.

No other comment necessary, I think. Ah, for the good old days when the “media was on their side.”

Oh, wait! Maybe he meant the good old days in 2008.

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  1. I could be wrong, but I think the press began to pursue infidelity stories after Gary Hart dared them to find proof of his womanizing. “Follow me around,” he said. And to his chagrin that’s what they did.

    And if I’m not mistaken the impetus for the questions arising in the first place was gossip from Hart’s rivals for the Dem presidential nomination. Mondale? Probably, since he and Hart were Senate colleagues at the time.

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