It is forty years ago today that a young woman died for the rash actions of a young, left-wing Senator in the USA. It is quite possible that she could have survived but for his career ambitions. At best he drove recklessly, probably drunk, and then reported the accident to his political advisors many hours before he reported it to the police and lied about almost every detail of events. At worst his deliberate delay killed her; had he reported to the police they might have saved the young woman. There is a possibility that she survived for a time in an air pocket in the largely-intact but overturned, inundated car.
That Senator is, of course, Ted Kennedy. He is still in the Senate. If anyone ever tries to tell you that the right is selfish and the left altruistic then remember Chappaquiddick.
Small Dead Animals reminded me of this anniversary.
Update: More at Power Line.