Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Bulletin: Teddy Kennedy - A Nation Mourns

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Yes, The Liar...err...Lion of the Senate is gone. He leaves a vast hole in the Senate, but will fill a vast hole in Arlington, and thus the mysterious circle of life goes on.

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.


Suzy said...

Its just another way to try to push through heathcare..."Do it for Ted" are the headlines already.

jeff said...

Apparently he's getting planted in Arlington, next to his brothers. In his defense, he at least did serve in the US Army, unlike (I believe) his brother Robert.

Tom Degan said...

n a life that is littered with ironies, here's the biggest one of all: His three older brothers - Joe, Jack and Bobby - are eternally frozen in our imagination as the personifications of youth and vigor (or "vigah"). How poignant that our final image of the baby of that family will be as an old man, frail and mortally ill.

His was the most impressive evolution in American political history. Let's be honest; in 1962 the guy was a lightweight. He ran for the Democratic nomination against another young man, Edward McCormick, whose uncle was the speaker of the House of Representatives. During a debate McCormick told him that were it not for his name, his candidacy would be viewed as a joke. It was a point well made. It is obvious when looking at film of that campaign that our boy Ted is in way over his head.

Who would have dared dream all those years ago that this punk kid would one day evolve into the greatest senator ever to walk those halls?

An incredible realization just came to me: Teddy represented the state of Massachusetts for forty-six years, eight months and nineteen days. That is nearly three months longer than all the years his older brother Jack lived on earth. Forgive the cliche that is so overused it has become trite through repetition, but this really is the end of an era.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

Tom, while you and I may disagree on Teddy Kennedy's legend and legacy, we can reach across the aisle and agree on one point: it really is the end of an era.


Philip said...

The Moronic Quote of the Week.

Chris Matthews commenting on the death of Ted Kennedy: "Barack is now the last Kennedy brother".

Stilton Jarlsberg said...

So let me get this straight - Bill Clinton was the first black president, and Barack Obama is the last Kennedy? Does this make Obama's brother, who lives in a hut, JFK? Liberalism is so confusing...