I believe Nick's post in this thread is almost identical to his post in the Ted Kennedy thread.
That said, you can't compare Ted Kennedy to Jesse Helms.
The least generous interpretation of Ted Kennedy is that he's a drunk whose reckless endangerment of a young woman caused her death, which he then briefly tried to cover up.
Jesse Helms, on the other hand, was a bigot to the core. He used his position in the Senate to deny Federal money to research HIV/AIDS for years which delayed the breakthroughs of the mid-to-late 90s, resulting in the deaths of THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS of people he didn't think deserved to be saved.
Anyone who thinks that's defensible -- Have at it.
Edited by ScottEVill, 08 July 2008 - 11:16 AM.