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August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy's Humanity

Posted: 01:16 PM ET

Ted-Kennedy-3By E.J. Dionne Jr. via The Washington Post

Ted Kennedy was treasured by liberals, loved by many of his conservative colleagues, revered by African Americans and Latinos, respected by hard-bitten political bosses, admired by students of the legislative process, and cherished by those who constituted the finest cadre of staff members ever assembled on Capitol Hill.

The Kennedy paradox is that he managed to be esteemed by almost everyone without ever becoming all things to all people. He stood for large purposes, unequivocally and unapologetically, and took hard stands. Yet he made it his business to get work done with anyone who would toil along with him. He was a friend, colleague and human being before he was an ideologue or partisan, even though he was a joyful liberal and an implacable Democrat.

He suffered profoundly, made large mistakes and was, to say the least, imperfect. But the suffering and the failures fed a humane humility that led him to reach out to others who fell, to empathize with those burdened by pain, to understand human folly and to appreciate the quest for redemption.

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calvin   August 26th, 2009 1:44 pm ET

our advocate for the poor & working class has passed, we will feel a void, & hopefully his adversaries will place hm on a pedestal, at least sm of them, may he rest in peace, the Senate will never be the same. .


Ealise   August 26th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

I'm deeply sadden by the loss of one of our most precious citizen and politican. Teddy was truly a lion among men. He fought tiredously to bring about change and peace for the world. I will miss this dear courageous man who was relentless in his work and never tired. Teddy was a great father to his own children and to the children of his brothers who lost their lives before him. I can't imagine the void that is left in their hearts. I'm a Black woman and I want to thank you, Mr. Kennedy, from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for this country. I thank your parents for raising the kind of children who never thought of themselves first; but always for the other person less fortunate. Your family is the United States Royal Family. May you rest in peace.


HAUNANI MICHELE RILEY   August 26th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY FOUGHT FOR HEALTH CARE SO ALL AMERICANS WILL PROFIT FROM IT. IF THE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON WILL STOP THEIR BICKERING AND GET THINGS ROLLING HE'S LEGACY WILL LIVE ON . TO THE GOVERNOR OF MASSCHUTES DO THE RIGHT THING AND PUT SOMEBODY IN OFFICE SO HEALTH CARE CAN BE PAST. WHY ARE YOU WAITNG FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION ON JANUARY? THE MAN ASK FOR TO PUT SOMEBODY IN HIS PLACE -WHY DIDN'T YOU PEOPLE JUST DIDN'T DO IT? I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND.


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