The lion of the senate, and my senator for most of my life has passed away. He was 77. Kennedy family statement:
Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. 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. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.
Kennedy’s passing also marks, in many ways, the passing of the political Kennedy dynasty. As much a part of Massachusetts as the Red Sox, Harvard, MIT, et. al. What always amazed me about Ted Kennedy, aside from his political acumen, desire to pass legislation and respect he held in the Senate, is how he never had to campaign for the Senate. It was a given every six years that his name would be on the ballot and Massachusetts would vote for him in record numbers.
Truly, truly, sad news. This is the first time during the summer of death that I feel devastated.