This is my final say on this.
Yes it is embarrasing, and horrific, that there were/are people in office who committed such acts serving in a public office. They should be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law. This shouldn't apply to only pedophiles, but to all crimes committed by politicians of any party. They should not be given a free pass simply because they are politicians...if anything they should be held to a higher standard. Go ahead and arrest their ass and throw them in jail, and while you're at it arrest kennedy AND ANYBODY ELSE who has committed a crime.
You can call it a deflection or whatever, I really don't care what you think, but both parties have members that have committed crimes (varying degrees) and their respective parties have covered for their asses. It is pathetic and embarrassing to America that such people represent us. The fact that some are only focusing on one crime is bothersome. I'm not denying pedophilia is probably the worst crime committed, but someone who murdered or dealt in drugs also needs to be prosecuted and canned regardless of party affiliation.
Both parties have criminals in them, and to suggest otherwise is BS. All criminals, regardless of the degree of the crime, should be prosecuted and removed from office. Regarding those that had prior incidents, it depends on on the crime. Obviously pedophiles, murderers, etc should not be allowed.
Some of you also claim that we, republicans, are endorsing this behavior for not doing anything about it. Well for your information I have inquired about this from my local representative to determine if those listed are still in office and if so why. But it is hypocritical to not apply the same standard to democrats when murderers such as Kennedy are in office. You can call it a deflection or what not, again I don't care, but the fact remains. If you don't do anything about Kennedy being office you are condoning his conduct.