Whether his longstanding dream of healthcare reform will live on remains to be seen, but the “liberal lion of the Senate” unfortunately won’t be around to see it realized. Sen. Ted Kennedy finally succumbed to mortal inevitability tonight, losing his year-long battle with brain cancer — dead at the age of 77*
I’m saddened by Kennedy’s death even though its imminent certainty was assured. He was a flawed man, to be sure, but also one that valiantly sought to redeem his honour and integrity over time through many decades of steadfast public service characterized by moral courage, relentless tenacity championing numerous worthy causes, and an abiding compassion for the common welfare of his fellow citizens.
I can’t think of a better tribute than his own eulogy to his slain brother as it seems to encapsulate the ideals that energized and motivated him…
The hope rises again and the dream lives on!
Doubtless, there will be much (covert) rejoicing amongst “conservatives” at the news of Kennedy’s death, but also perhaps some tinge of regret — at least insofar as one of their favourite objects of bone-idle vilification, ludicrous rhetorical excess, vicious personal attacks, and savage lampooning has now abruptly transitioned into comic irrelevancy. I wonder if some will even be sufficiently loony as to speculate that the timing of his death was a bit “fishy” or otherwise suspiciously contrived to advance Obama’s healthcare agenda…
*A figure that we note is actually three years later than the average male life expectancy in the USA, which ranks 45th on that score worldwide, just slightly ahead of Saudi Arabia and some former remote Polynesian colonies of France and the Netherlands.
Update: Feel free to document the atrocities. Or not.
Update2: Small Dead Vermin — Always a class act.
Update3: The lion roaring and all that. A brief tribute from the folks at Think Progress.