Even all those years ago we were bullied into silence and we acquiesced. We accepted that people were just going to afford forgiveness to a man who did not ask for it. We were roundly criticized for "harping on it" and "not letting it go" and being petty. We were then, and still are now, being told to let it go for the "greater good."
A few brave souls dared bumperstickers and nicknames, since bitter mockery was all that was left to people with some idea of the continuing wrong being perpetrated by the silence, the lack of justice. And so it stayed there in the background of our collective conscience-- those of us for whom the conscience had not become an atrophied appendix of the political body.
And for every year since that seemingly politically inconsequential event we have seen the monster grow:
"Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time." -C. S. Lewis
To allow the legacy of Ted Kennedy's sin to continue unrepented is to allow all the error and sin of narcissistic disregard to grow unabated still. (In this, Obama certainly does seem to be the, "last Kennedy brother." ) Teddy lived almost long enough to prove Lewis right.
It seems to me that we who were silent for so long must no longer be silent. If Mary Jo ever deserved justice, she deserves it from those of us who will not continue in our own error-- that of mute acceptance, lest we seem unbalanced or zealous.
However, it remains to our political atonement that the Left must be made to acknowledge the horror and error of that day before it can even begin to see the horror of what they would further perpetrate their obviously inconvenient constituency.