The Kennedy Saga

On Howard Kurtz‘s “Reliable Sources” yesterday (and in his column today), he looked into the media’s handling of the Patrick Kennedy car crash and explains how it wraps up all of the great questions facing Congress.

As NPR’s David Folkenflik explained, “I mean, the press likes to treat the Kennedys as a combination of the House of Windsor and Dysfunction Junction. I mean, you know, the — Congressman Kennedy, in his brief and illustrious career, has certainly contributed to that.

“You know, there are a lot of things to be spun off this. It’s sort of the decline and dysfunction of Camelot. You’ve got the question of whether, you know, an abuse of power, a congressman gets treated than the average citizen when he appears to stumble out of the car.

“And indeed, you’ve also got the question of, you know, is it Congress gone wild? Are all these guys — you know, you’ve got questions of bribes or prostitution rackets or things like this. Are all these guys somehow dirty or tainted?”

Too bad there aren’t any hookers involved, then the press could have really had a field day.