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Patrick Kennedy
Posted by: Jon Henke on Sunday, May 07, 2006

Whatever the story surrounding this...
Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy said yesterday that he is entering treatment for an addiction to prescription medications...
...the proper response — as it was in the case of Rush Limbaugh — is: "That's a tragedy. I hope he receives help and fully recovers. Our best wishes and/or prayers go with him."

Full stop.
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Oh my God, a mature and consistent response!
That’s why I read QandO.
Written By: OrneryWP
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You have to give credit to Patrick Kennedy. We all struggle with different problems and addictions. We are all human. For him to come out and admit his problem and seek help — all in the public eye is commendable. Full Stop.
Written By: bethtopaz
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Another drunken kennedy the same one who said that opposing gun control was insane and now he is guilty of DUI why dont he get a life and keep his big flapping piehole shut
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If Representative Kennedy was an EMT driver or doctor, would that be all that you’d say? Or if he had a security clearance?
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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If Representative Kennedy was an EMT driver or doctor, would that be all that you’d say? Or if he had a security clearance?
Yeah, IF he hand’t killed anyone thru his addiction or betrayed his nation for drugs. I don’t RESPECT Kennedy’s much, but at least this one hasn’t killed himself or anyone else thru his dysfunctional behavior, so I wish him well.

If he’s smart and he is really into Recovery he’s going to have to give up a LOT! And I don’t mean Scotch, I mean hanging out with his seems that’s a family that teaches many bad, bad habits. It’s going to be tough.
Written By: Joe
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I don’t know if I would use the word "tragedy," but if Rep. Kennedy is indeed suffering from addiction and is now voluntarily seeking treatment to deal with that addiction and not merely as a political expedient, then I wish him good luck on a personal, if not political, level. I hope it will not seem unreasonable, however, for me to suspect the latter at least for the time being.

I would go further, however, to note that if his constituents also wish him to recover they will be doing him no favor by reelecting him. One of the biggest obsticles the rich, powerful and famous addicts face is the undue deference paid to them which, in turn, enables their self-destructive behavior and thus perpetuates their addiction. If there has ever been a better example of this in modern American history than the Kennedy clan, I can’t think of it.
Written By: D.A. Ridgely
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Even though he is a Kennedy, i’ll grant you a "full stop". Having said that, is this tool fair game??,2933,194537,00.html ;)
Written By: markm
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