Remembering Ted Kennedy’s Russian Subterfuge
Democrats pushing dubious Trump-Moscow ties quick to forget liberal lion's Kremlin plot
Note: The following is an excerpt from the new book “Kennedy Babylon: a Century of Scandal and Depravity” by best-selling author, radio host, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr. The excerpt focuses on liberal icon Ted Kennedy’s alleged coordination with Moscow to bring down President Reagan in the 1984 presidential election — a particularly timely subject given Democrats’ recent, more dubious charges of Russian ties to the Trump administration.
Despite a slate of recent debauchery, Sen. Ted Kennedy was still trying to further his political goals in 1983 and he decided to offer a plan to the Kremlin to overthrow the Republican president whose policies were driving the Soviet dictatorship to the brink, and Teddy to drink, or, more precisely, drink even more.
As his courier, Teddy settled on his old drinking buddy John Tunney, out of the Senate after a single term since 1976. In 1991, after the fall of the Evil Empire, a British reporter discovered in KGB archives a memo written by Victor Chebrikov, the director of the espionage service, to Yuri Andropov, the Soviet leader, laying out Teddy’s offer to the Kremlin.
While Reagan risked his presidency to confront the Soviet slave state, Kennedy “chose to offer aid and comfort … on the Cold War, the greatest issue of his lifetime, Kennedy got it wrong.”
Andropov was himself an old KGB hand, who had been deeply involved in the overthrow of both the Hungarian revolution in 1956 and the Prague spring 12 years later. Kennedy wanted to introduce the dictator to the American people, in order to defeat Reagan. Through Tunney, Kennedy said he could accomplish this by assuring the Communists unlimited time on commercial television in the United States.
“Kennedy and his friends,” the Russian espionage service reported, “will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews … The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.”
In other words, networks like ABC, which would soon spike serious investigative work on the Hollywood scandals of Teddy’s brothers, would agree to assist the Kremlin masters and Ted Kennedy in an attempt to rig the 1984 elections.
Teddy offered to go to Moscow to “arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.”
Of course, Teddy had his own vested interest in propping up the tottering Communist dictatorship.
“The senator wants to run for president in 1988 [but] Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president.”
As a columnist for Forbes magazine noted after the discovery of the KGB memos, while Reagan risked his presidency to confront the Soviet slave state, Kennedy “chose to offer aid and comfort … on the Cold War, the greatest issue of his lifetime, Kennedy got it wrong.”
Howie Carr is the author of two New York Times best-sellers, “The Brothers Bulger” and “Hitman.” His radio talk show is syndicated on more than 25 stations, and he is a member of the national Radio Hall of Fame. He is a columnist for the Boston Herald. For more information on Howie, go to HowieCarrShow.com.