Ted Kennedy has been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Ted Kennedy is a man of many persons and lives. From cheating in law school, to a bumbling young Senator in gaining his brother's seat in 1962 to becoming an outstanding Senator in his own right, delivering a stirring eulogy at his brother Robert's funeral and then - to Chappaquiddick. Despite this tragic episode he again became the "Lion of the Senate." Indeed he is... and outlining his legislative accomplishments would take a lot longer than a blog post. I remember as a young man as he brought Justice Bork to his knees in declaring his racist, sexist views of the Constitution. On that day, I came to the conclusion that we all have contradictions in us, some of us larger than others. His Chappaquiddick episode is unexplainable and that is not really in doubt, but neither is his committment to the progressive causes (every one of them) that lead our nation. No, he isn't perfect, but as far as politicians go, he was pretty good. My thoughts are with Ted Kennedy today.
Obama expresses his support for Ted Kennedy
Senator Byrd offers his tearing support to his dear friend.