Ted Kennedy’s Legacy

Ted Kennedy died last night at the age of 77. The liberal lion of the Senate battled brain cancer for more than a year and well outlasted doctors’ estimations. Ted, the youngest of the Kennedy brothers, was a champion of health care, fair wages and equal rights.

Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy

The US Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said it was “the thrill of my lifetime” to work with Kennedy. “Senator Kennedy’s legacy stands with the greatest, the most devoted, the most patriotic men and women to ever serve in these halls … The liberal lion’s mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die.”

One of the most effective and influential senators, Kennedy worked tirelessly on social issues, often with unlikely allies. The U.S. has lost an elder statesman, and he is mourned across the aisle, and across the world.

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7 responses to “Ted Kennedy’s Legacy

  1. Dan Whipkey


    Sad that some people let their ideology get in the way today to spew their hate

  2. Eric

    I would ask you to consider whether you would feel the same way had your daughter or sister been Mary Jo Kopechne. Are you aware that after Ted Kennedy drove his car off the bridge he swam to safety but then went back to his hotel without notifying authorities until the middle of the next morning? Do you also realize that experts say that there was an air pocket in the car that Mary Jo was positioned next to and was likely alive for some time and could have been saved had rescuers been notified? What kind of monster knows that someone is trapped in a car and will die, but does nothing about it?

    • sarafraser

      Hi Eric —
      The facts you cite aren’t certain and the events surrounding that night in 1969 will probably never be known by anyone. Something horrible happened. Kennedy made some tragic, horrifying mistakes. To what extent, I don’t know and you don’t either. I’d ask you though, Eric, if any bit of what I wrote I about Kennedy proclaimed anything about the man other than as it relates to his public service? (It doesn’t.)

      Life is complicated. People aren’t simple. We have flawed leaders that are brilliant in public life.

      • Lisa Linnane

        Sorry, Sara, I love you, but I’ve got to side with Eric on this one…

      • sarafraser

        I’m not sure why this has become a debate at all, as nothing in the blog asserted anything about any of this. In any case, glad you’re reading and as always — feel free to disagree with me and voice it here.

  3. Dan

    I love America….the land where people are allowed to speak their minds freely! Eric, I’m a politically conservative guy, but I do hold in my heart that Ted Kennedy made a significant contribution to our country. He was the Liberal Lion of the Senate and chose to fight for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. I don’t agree with much of his politics, but I think he was the rare politician who actually believed the spew that came out of his mouth….that goes along way with me. There is little doubt that Ted Kennedy lived a privileged life, was a drunk, a womanizer and was responsible for the death of another human, by many legal measures a murderer. For that I’m certain he will answer to a higher power. For me though today is a sad day. The country is worse off, not better off with Ted Kennedy’s passing. Not because I agreed with his politics, but because I respected his consistent stand for those who had no voice. As I close the door and tightly lock myself into my glass house for the evening, I’m choosing not to throw any stones.

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