Edward Kennedy, 1932 – 2009

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Ted Kennedy
I know that Justin already posted about this, but I wanted to add my two coppers.

I didn’t always agree with Senator Kennedy — both in politics, and in personality — but I have a respect for the man and what he accomplished in his many years in public service. Politico:

His career spanned almost a half-century of American history, and covering Kennedy was like a relay race, in which those who knew him best in the early years have long ago retired.

Education and healthcare initiatives will always be associated with his name, and the enactment this year of legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco is a Kennedy legacy. But this was also a senator who played a major role in airline deregulation, criminal code revisions and battles over the Supreme Court. Conservatives still resent him for his wholesale assault on Robert Bork’s nomination in 1987, and Kennedy is one of the few senators in history to see a former aide, Stephen Breyer, move up to the high bench.

Kennedy’s power base rested on three major committees: Judiciary; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Armed Services, the first two of which he chaired at different points in his career. And he never lost an old-school style of politics, which set him apart in the increasingly impersonal Senate.

His booming voice filled the chamber when he spoke from his desk, always in the back row on the Democratic side and a gathering point over the years for younger members.

I know that there are many conservative partisans who still gleefully cite the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident anytime that Kennedy’s name is brought up — and I get that. However, I think that Ted Kennedy’s legacy will not be controversial issues like Chappaquiddick but rather things like children’s health care, his support for Barack Obama’s candidacy for president, and the various Senate committees on which he served.

The man was truly a larger-than-life character and I’m sure that the halls of the Senate will be a very different place when Congress returns from it’s recess.

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  2. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    Mary Joe: But what if I get pregnant?

    Ted: We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

    …What, too soon?

  3. Joel Says:

    “his support for Barack Obama’s candidacy for president” In my opinion, this part of his legacy is worse than drowning a woman and going home to go to sleep.

  4. Jessica Hernandez Says:

    He has so many contributions and a lot of people like him because of the way he was able to lead the whole group. With his great contribution and love for the society and the people, many will be remembering him as a person who has a good heart.

  5. Gabby Gab Says:

    Unlike other presidents who have gone before and came after him, he was a different kind of different. It’s hard to put a dent on a “The Edward Kennedy”. He had done his people good and served them through leading them. Unlike what Joel said I think his support in Obama’s candidacy just showed us more that he does know the kind of people that he trusts thus making him an effective leader.

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