Ted Kennedy is dead

He passed away last night from brain cancer:

Sen. Ted Kennedy died shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., at age 77.

The man known as the “liberal lion of the Senate” had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer, and according to his son had lived longer with the disease than his doctors expected him to.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the Kennedy family said in a statement. “He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.”

While my sympathies go out to his family and those who cared for him, it’s hard for me to feel anything but contempt for the man, for he never admitted guilt nor ever paid for leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die in a Chappaquiddick estuary. Any accomplishment he may ever have had is blighted by that.

Maybe now he’ll finally have to answer for it.

(via Tigerhawk)

LINKS: RS McCain shows no restraint. Power Line looks at his role in the smearing of Judge Bork and its effect on American political culture. More at Hot Air, Baseball Crank, and Sister Toldjah.

UPDATE: I linked to Crank’s post above -do read it- but I wanted to excerpt a portion because of the lesson it teaches that Barack Obama should have learned:

Kennedy’s career could have been a cautionary tale for our current president, who might not have found himself in quite the fix he is in at the moment if he’d followed Ted’s example, bided his years, spent more time in the trenches doing the unglamorous work of legislating and taking the hard punches that must be taken to sell the product to the public, learning how the system works, why it works and who makes it work. Most of the changes Ted Kennedy made in this nation over his career were change for the worst – but he did, over time, make real change because he worked at it instead of just saying the word “change” and hoping it would be so.

Ouch!  Feeling beat up

2 Responses to Ted Kennedy is dead

  1. rwisher says:

    I’m sorry. I can’t get excited about a man who spent most of his life doing his best to change ours to his liking. Hard work, in the wrong direction is not a virtue. Hard work and a desire to make the nation great would be. But that was never Kennedy’s goal. Somehow we bought into him being some part of our “royalty” and listen far longer to his messed up concepts than we should have.

    In my opinion he was the weakest of the three brothers and rode the coattails of their tragic ends to fame and celebrity. He was as corrupt as the next man, without the excuse of poverty to protect his acts. Yet, he was not an evil man. He was a self centered spoiled rich man who thought, somehow, taking my money and giving to someone he believed deserving was a way to pay off the debts of his past.

    Well, thanks but no thanks. And while we are at it, how did he become so wise in how to form a nation, or raise a family with a budget under fifty million a year, or run a business, or educate a student? I’m just saying.

    He has left a legacy, one we will be battling for generations to overcome, and he did it with his eyes wide open, digging like a madman, only in the wrong hole going in the wrong direction.

    At my site I talk about how his killing of Mary Jo offended the cop in me. Let’s just say he’s dead, he managed not to directly kill anyone else (although his policies and positions may have indirectly) and let him go.

    As we try to fill in the holes he left behind, and begin to work in the right direction, let us all just call it even and move on. One more elitist gone, one less voice of twisted “reason” to further send us down the wrong path.

    So far, it has been a good day for those stuck with his legacy, a shovel and a whole lot of work before us.

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