Goodbye, Teddy.

26 Aug 2009 10:45 am
Posted by: Donna

It’s not like it was unexpected, but my heart sank as soon I clicked on my Yahoo homepage and saw the news late last night. Senator Kennedy was gone. For me, watching the country get drunk on Reaganism during the ’80s and stay drunk on it long after, the presence of the Liberal Lion was a great comfort. You could always count on him to go out on the floor of the Senate with a vigorous denunciation of the Right’s spiteful cruelty toward the poor and vulnerable in our country. He’d been advocating for health care for all since the mid-1960s. I’m sure there will be someone to fill his role. Russ Feingold would be a good candidate. But there will never be anyone like Teddy.


  1. Comment by naomi on August 26, 2009 12:05 pm

    Beautifully articulated. Ted will be missed.

  2. Comment by Eli Blake on August 26, 2009 4:45 pm

    There is a reason why the right hated him so.

    It was because he was effective. Very effective.

    Rarely would I cut and paste something I just wrote into a comment, but it does seem to fit here:

    It is probably Kennedy’s effectiveness that has so infuriated conservatives to where they are much more likely to detest Kennedy than, for example, Robert Byrd. Just like in sports, the loudest boos are reserved for the opponents who have stuffed your team in the past.

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