While I’m sure most on PD were far from Ted Kennedy fans, it’s hard to ignore what he accomplished in his over 45 years in the United States Senate. A man once considered a “political lightweight” who was elected on the coattails of his brothers, Kennedy forged a historic career, highlighted with successes, occasionally checkered with scandal, and, of course, tinged with tragedy.

Disagree with his politics all you want, Kennedy was a consummate deal-maker, who could just as easily work with Republicans as with his own party when he saw a chance to make a difference. He wanted to make our nation a better place, and that’s all you can ask for out of someone, political beliefs aside.

Queue “Amazing Grace”.