From Kennedys close friend Ed Klein:
I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?” That is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.
EXCUSE ME? If that’s true it makes Kennedy kind of a monster. The odd thing is that if you listen to the whole show, the tone of everyone involved is nauseatingly haigographic and reverential. Klein apparently let his guard down a bit; after he lets it slip Kennedy liked to joke about the woman he killed you can actually hear in his voice that he’s trying to backpedal. The show actually cuts to a break as he’s trying to explain himself, and I seriously wonder if it wasn’t the producers trying to do Klein a favor. But I’m sorry, there appears to be little to that could explain this. It goes way beyond “you had to be there.”
It does set free Kennedy’s critics to talk at length about Chappaquiddick and its proportion to Kennedy’s public life. After all, if Kennedy thought it was a topic for humor in private, then it certainly is a valid topic for serious analysis of his life as well.
Sick, sick, monster. Nothing quite so humerous as jokes about a woman that died in your car thanks to your own cowardice.
See? Not only is cracking wise about the girl that he left to die while he was rummaging around in his luggage for Alka Seltzer proof that he was feeling so very, very guilty about it, it’s actually proof of what a wonderful person he was, constantly finding the funny and ridiculous side of murder, adultery, drunk driving, obstruction of justice etc.