From Jerky LeBouef:
"Plane crashes, lone gunmen, gardening mishaps... sometimes it seems as though Democratic party members are the only politicians who die in the line
of public service. The Kennedy family, alone, tips the balance of numbers in the Donkey Party's favor. Jack and Bobby Kennedy were famously gunned
down, of course, during the spate of political assassinations that rocked the 60's. Their older brother Joseph Kennedy Jr., who was essentially bred
by his father to be President, died when his bomber crashed over the Pacific in WWII. Younger brother Teddy, long-time Senator and two-time
Presidential candidate, walked away from a plane crash in 1964. JFK's son, JFK Jr., was pondering a run for senator when his plane dropped into the
ocean three years ago, snuffing him, his wife and his sister-in-law. Other Kennedys have died after mixing booze with perscription pills, or kissing a
tree while playing downhill ski football. The complete list is too long to include here.
Other Democrats who died in their prime include Nixon enemy, dissident Warren Commission member and House Majority Leader Hale Boggs, whose plane
disappeared over Alaska in 1972. In 1983, firebrand ultraconservative Democrat Larry McDonald was aboard doomed Korean Air Lines Flight 007, "shot
down" by a Russian fighter jet for wandering hundreds of miles into a restricted area. Then there was popular young Missouri candidate Jerry Litton,
who was considered Presidential material by many movers and shakers, and whose plane went down in 1976, the night he won the Democratic primary for US
And, speaking of Missouri, more recently, there was Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan, whose plane crashed a mere three weeks before the 2000 elections
wherein he was running against Republican John Ashcroft for the Senate. According to Missouri law, it was too late to pick a different candidate, but
Mel's wife Jeanne said she would stand in her husband's place if people voted for him anyway, which they did. Soon after his humiliating and
unexpected loss to a corpse, Ashcroft was appointed Attorney General by the White House. So, as subsequent events have shown, it's obvious that the
Bush administration felt strongly that Ashcroft was meant to play an important role in our ongoing national drama... which, in turn, makes Mel's
crash all the more troubling.
Republicans DO die in plane crashes. But there's a caveat. In order to die in a plane crash, they have to be either liberal Republicans - like
Senator John Heinz, whose plane collided with a helicopter in 1991 - or else they have to be Republicans who, through investigation, epiphany or
experience, have come to find themselves arrayed against the Bush Family Evil Empire. I am thinking now of Texas Senator John Tower, whose Tower
Commission investigation into Iran/Contra wasn't as white of a whitewash as he'd been ordered to deliver. He also died in a plane crash in 1991.
As for the crash that took Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone's life, other than pointing out that he was previously targeted for assassination (ignore
the headline, read the story - www.cnn.com...
) while visiting (Bushista infested) Columbia, I
don't have anything of value to add. Suffice it to say, suspicion is not unwarranted. People don't steal elections to do nice things, after all.