September 1, 2009
From The Politico: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the death of Ted Kennedy:
I think it’s going to help us. He hasn’t been around for some time. We’re going to have a new chairman of that committee, it’ll be, I don’t know for sure, but I think Sen. (Chris) Dodd, (D-Conn.). He has a right to take it. Either him or (U.S. Sen. Tom) Harkin, (D-Iowa), whichever one wants it can have it. I think he (Kennedy) will be a help. He’s an inspiration for us. That was the issue of his life and he didn’t get it done.
That’s really touching, Harry. Really.
August 29, 2009
In his eulogy, President Obama said that Teddy Kennedy was “the soul of the Democratic party.”
Not for nothing, but that explains a lot.
August 26, 2009
The Democratic Lion of the Senate is dead. I won’t pretend for a solitary second that I agreed with Ted Kennedy’s politics, but by all accounts he was a decent person who treated his friends and staff with dignity and respect. As a politician, his primary loss to Jimmy Carter in 1980 emboldened Kennedy to put aside any notions of bipartisanship and moderation and allowed him to become a hyper-partisan. Always more liberal than his brothers John and Robert, he moved steadily Left as he got older. He lived his life recklessly and did his job effectively and ruthlessly. The time will come when history will be able to look at his life fairly, including the triumphs, scandals, and tragedies that formed him. For now, let us remember him as a man with a wife, children, friends, and admirers whose lives are sadder today and who mourn his loss. RIP.
Michelle Malkin has more, and Hot Air has a nice obituary. The Anchoress is spot on. Also on Hot Air, Laura makes an excellent point about honoring Ted Kennedy by doing what he did, not what he said.
Well, that didn’t take long. Politico reports that Robert Byrd is proposing changing the name of the health care reform legislation
to be named after Kennedy while simulatenously taking a shot at opponents who are “shouting and name calling.” You stay classy, Grand Dragon! Meanwhile, Pants-On-Fire Pelosi is promising that “Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care” will be a reality this year
and former President Bill Clinton is thanking Kennedy
for his “fierce advocacy for universal health care.”
Glad to see that those on the Left can’t let their hero rest without stumping for their cause du jour.