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Colin McEnroe: No Moral Shortcuts. Not Even For Politicians

Colin McEnroe: No Moral Shortcuts. Not Even For Politicians

In 1969, my father became obsessed with the Chappaquiddick case. Short version: U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy and a passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, drove off a bridge on Martha’s Vineyard and landed upside down in a pond. Kennedy walked back to a party he had attended and told two friends. Eventually, he went back to his hotel and got up the next morning as if nothing had happened. The car, with Kopechne’s body in it, was discovered that morning by a fisherman and his son.

A few years later, my father became transfixed by the Watergate hearings. Short version: There is no short version. A so-called third-rate burglary opened a portal into the pervasively...

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