Rep. Patrick Kennedy is doing the right thing.
No, I don’t mean going into rehab. Yes, of course that’s the right thing; anyone who’s ever dealt with addiction knows that it’s a given — you slip, you start over. The right thing that I’m talking about is that he is talking about it. Being public with it. Not being ashamed to admit he has a problem and that he’s doing something about it. It takes enormous courage to do that, but when you realize what the alternative is, it’s not a tough choice to make if you’re big enough to do it.
He’s also doing the public a great service. By being up front with his addiction, he’s setting an example of humble admission and doing what he can to make things right. That’s half the battle right there, and it shows that even the rich and powerful can admit their faults.
As for the snarky bastards on the right wing (i.e. that walking ad for retroactive abortion, Michelle Malkin) who seem to find glee in someone else’s illness, may I suggest they apply the same standards to themselves and see how they stand up. And by the way, they might take a cue from one of their own. The difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg may be that one’s a flaming Nazi gasbag and the other’s a dirigible, but at least he had the strength to go into rehab. He still has issues with the truth about his arrest and making amends, but it beats buying off the cops for a coke-induced road accident in Maine.