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”.

Comments

  • http://forprogress.org edwin forprogress.org

    So much of Senator Edward Kennedy’s “The Dream Shall Never Die” speech is relevant now. It makes me sad that so many Americans do not know how much it was really he that advanced the dreams of his brothers into reality. So many of us who want now to pick up the “fallen standard” need the example his life offers of HOW liberal ideals can be transformed into something real that betters the lives of our neighbors.

    I put together some of the audio of the speech, accompanied it with images and ideas that highlight some of his accomplishments, and put it into a video. The following page also has information on the 6 (of 13 or a minority) Democratic senators in the Senate Finance Committee who have yet to pledge their support for the public option in the Kennedy Health Care bill.

    http://ipolity.com/wiki/index.php?page=TDP+Health+Care

  • http://www.sotr.us Cordeiro

    Personally, I’m hesitant to take pot shots – deserved or not – at anyone who has recently departed this life for the next.

    I’m sure Ted Kennedy did great things during his life and they will no doubt be revisited in the coming days and weeks and he will receive whatever honor he deserves. It is all together fitting and proper that this should happen.

    Having said that, the incident at Chappaquidick will forever tarnish what could have been a truly great life. Everyone has a defining moment in his or her life when a critical decision must be made that will impact all that come after it. That moment came for Teddy, and he failed.

    I wish him Godspeed and pray for the comfort of those who mourn his passing. Fare thee well, Senator.

  • David Kaiser

    Nobody alive knows what happened that night. Did Kennedy do something wrong, did he make a mistake, did he panic in a moment of terror?

    Sure.

    I don’t agree with much of Ted Kennedy’s agenda, I’m not a proponent of the current health care plan that was his dream. But I do believe that he wanted to do good, even if I don’t agree with how he did it.

    So to Gary and Troy and Neil and whomever else feels the need to take potshots at someone who served this nation for five decades and died after suffering from a terrible illness, take a look in the mirror.

    None of you are any better or worse than he is.

    • Gary Russell

      Not taking “pot shots”, Kaiser.

      Simply refusing to glorify a man who was a wreck in his personal life, and a disaster in his political philosophy.

      Kennedy had a hard life in a lot of ways. Tragedy struck his family in so many ways. Brain cancer is a terrible thing.

      But, does he deserve to be honored?
      I think not.

      That doesn’t make me an evil, judgmental person.

      In no way am I glad that he died, or that he suffered. But, none of that gives him the right to be honored.

      Pitied, maybe.

      • David Kaiser, Editor

        Not evil Gary, just seemed petty and not what I expected. Kennedy was no angel, and if you chose not to honor him, that’s perfectly fine with me.

        Just no need to call to light a dead man’s darkest hour before he’s even buried.

        • Gary Russell

          Kaiser,
          Had I said those things at his funeral, or to his family, then “yes”, it would have been petty (or at least inappropriate).

          But, in a political forum?
          Absolutely appropriate and not petty at all.

    • Troy La Mana

      It is obvious that throughout his life he got away with things that would have put you or I in jail. The only way he got out of trouble was because his last name was Kennedy.

      I can not respect someone who, in his last days on this Earth, fights to overturn the very law he put forth to prevent the then Republican Governor from installing a Republican replacement of Kerry should he win so that the now Democratic Governor could put another Democrat in Kennedy’s place.

    • http://conservativetruthseeker.blogspot.com/ Neil Braithwaite

      Hey David,

      We don’t have any respect for or dislike the man for all the good things he did.

  • Gary Russell

    Been a while since I disagreed with you, Kaiser.
    (way back in your single days…)

    But I must protest!
    You said,

    “He wanted to make our nation a better place, and that’s all you can ask for out of someone, political beliefs aside.”

    Might it be that we could also ask that a politician have NOT KILLED AN INNOCENT WOMAN due to his actions and subsequent selfish inactions?

    I believe that this news quote from an ABC news story says it all…

    “Americans were horrified when they learned that rescue workers found her body in the well of the back seat with her head held up, perhaps indicating that she had been alive for some time breathing in an air pocket.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Story?id=8212665&page=3

    • http://conservativetruthseeker.blogspot.com/ Neil Braithwaite

      DITO GR,

      Just a little note to all those camelot sycophants who want a “Saint Teddy” by the weekend.

      The 763-page transcript of the inquest into the death of MaryJo Kopechne was released four months after the incident. Judge James A. Boyle presided at the inquest. Among Judge Boyle’s conclusions in his inquest report were the following:

      “There is probable cause to believe that Edward M. Kennedy operated his motor vehicle negligently … and that such operation appears to have contributed to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.”

      Under Massachusetts law, Boyle, having found “probable cause” that Kennedy had committed a crime, could have issued a warrant for his arrest, but he did not do so. District Attorney Dinis chose not to pursue Kennedy for manslaughter, despite Judge Boyle’s conclusions.

      A man of any other name but Kennedy would have surly been prosecuted and had their life ruined. Justice denied to an innocent family.

      My heartfelt condolences go out to the Kopechne family and especially that MaryJo’s parents, Gwen and Joseph did not live to see this day.

  • Red State Eddio

    Yes, he certainly was a politician of the first order, and although never a “king”, certainly was a kingmaker during the last election.

    His personal and family difficulties and tragedies that he had to bear were certainly a factor in his struggle with alocholism (well that, and being Irish didn’t help). That I can sympathize with, and glad to see him overcome that.

    He leaves behind a big footprint upon the landscape of 20th century American politics. His absence will be felt by friend and foe alike.

  • http://conservativetruthseeker.blogspot.com/ Neil Braithwaite

    My condolences to the Kennedy family…

    As for the late Sen. Kennedy’s history as a politician, Roger Kimball speaks volumes.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/rogerkimball/2009/08/26/some-important-lessons-from-ted-kennedy/

  • Troy La Mana

    Mary Jo Kopechne finally has some peace.

    • Gil Rice

      And where he is going,hopefully will not ever see him

    • Gary Russell

      Mary Jo paid the ultimate sacrifice to save our country from this immature, left-wing clown.

      May she rest in peace.

  • Chris

    Recently awarded a knighthood by Her Hajesty the Queen. Well deserved.

    Compared to those politicians on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Atlantic who are in politics for the wrong reasons, have been bought by big corporations or are purely there for their own egos and you realise how much he will be missed.

    RIP