The Last of a Dynasty

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rest in peace, Teddy.

Orrin Hatch: "Today America lost a great elder statesman, a committed public servant, and leader of the Senate. And today I lost a treasured friend."

Nancy Reagan: "Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family...In recent years, Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend. I will miss him."

Pelosi: "Rooted in his deep patriotism, his abiding faith, and his deep concern for the least among us, no one has done more than Senator Kennedy to educate our children, care for our seniors, and ensure equality for all Americans."

Obama: "For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts."

Despite being born into incredible privilege, Teddy Kennedy spent his Senate career fighting for the least of us.


Smitty 8:15 AM  

Red State expresses some happiness at his passing. Classy.

Michelle Malkin, however, actually did keep it classy.

Balloon Juice calls for thepassage of the Ted Kennedy Memorial Health Care Bill to be passed.

Bob 8:26 AM  

Maybe we can guilt a vote or two out of the Senate to make a decent bill pass.

Bob 8:27 AM  

The end of the first Kennedy generation, quite a milestone for my parents generation as well as todays.

Rickey Henderson 10:06 AM  

RIP, last of the greats. He was flawed, but he fought for his beliefs. John Kerry has some huge shoes to fill.

Mr Furious 11:15 PM  

Honestly? These days I feel like Ted Kennedy was the last true public servant.

Congresspeople at all levels now seem interested only in advancing ideology, helping their particular industry benefactors and keeping themselves in office. From the first day in office til his dying breath, Kennedy always was looking out for the little guy.

We're screwed.

Mr Furious 11:16 PM  

My thoughts and a round-up of links, etc at my place...

steves 8:47 AM  

Sorry for the lack of comments, but I was out of town for the past 10 days without internet access.

I was never a fan of Teddy, but now is not the time for nasty comments.

Mr Furious 12:01 PM  

Kennedy's reputation was worse than his record, steves...I think you'd be surprised.

While I can certainly understand an objection to him as a person or his style, his record is pretty good.

He really focused on human interest / quality of life issues stuck to domestic over foreign affairs.

Many things we all enjoy and take advantage of (or for granted) are courtesy of his efforts, and few of the things that really get conservatives panties bunched are his.

There's a link at my place to his record in Congress. Scroll through and see which things you actually disagree with on a policy level...

Rickey Henderson 12:58 PM  

One last comment on Teddy's passing... One notices that whenever everyone eulogizes him, they talk about his ability to reach out and work with members of the opposition. As if he was some form of rare animal, previously thought to be extinct. Because you know, god forbid we have more of that sort of thing.

Hey, shouldn't all you asshole senators be taking notes here? Ugh. It's a sad day when a guy like him is being remarked upon as the last of his kind.

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