Skip to comments.Why The Lion of the Left Was Right
Posted on 08/31/2009 5:01:29 PM PDT by GoldStandard
Like many Americans, I watched as Senator Ted Kennedy was laid to rest over the weekend after his year-long battle with brain cancer. The day marked not only the end of the Camelot era, but seemed to signal the final passing of many things politically. I certainly didn't agree with Senator Kennedy's politics on many issues, but as I listened to his friends, family, and Senate colleaguesincluding my fathertell stories of the man they knew, what was so evident was that Ted Kennedy always believed you could find compromise on the really important matters.
I remember meeting the senator around age fourteen, going into his office with my father and thinking what a larger than life figure he was. Broad, booming voice, wearing a bright blue suithe looked exactly the way you picture a Kennedy in your mind. His personality took up the entire room.
Growing up, I remember my father often speaking highly of Senator Kennedy during town halls and his stump speeches, always mentioning their relationship as an example of a Republican and Democrat working constructively together to bring about change. One memory that my father recently spoke about was when he and Senator Russ Feingold were given the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, but the weekend of the ceremony happened to coincide with my little brother Jimmy's birthday. So my father called Senator Kennedy to explain that he wouldn't be able to attend because of my brothers birthday. Senator Kennedy told my father to bring Jimmy along and promised him they would celebrate his birthday in a memorable way. My brother and father still talk about that birthday because the Kennedy family went over the top with multiple cakes, lots of presents, and several renditions of Happy Birthday. It was obvious that Senator Kennedy understood the importance of family and balancing those duties with the complications of political life.
Above all, I know my father regarded Senator Kennedy as an old school politician who brought a sense of camaraderie to the Senate floor. Alas, this era of collegiality and respect, the era of Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan, is over. The recent reaction in the blogosphere to Ted Kennedys death proves that. After reading some of the discourse online, I was both surprised and disgusted at what was being written. I was shocked that even in death, people were having partisan quarrels about his legacy which led me to writing a Tweet saying, "I just don't know what kind of life of anger you lead if you can't put politics aside for a moment to respect a mans passing..." Immediately, this post was used yet again by some as an example of my "secret liberalism." Because whatapparently I can only respect a politician who had served nearly five decades in the Senate if he was a Republican? I don't know how or why we got to this place in politics. Why death is used as yet another excuse for mudslinging and party rhetoric. It is depressing to think that we have come to an age where you can only mourn a man's service to his country if he abides by every single political tenet you believe in.
Whenever people ask me if I want to run for office, my answer is always no. Among the many reasons is that I don't want to go into an industry where there seems to be a complete inability to meet in the middle on issues. Why would anyone want to work in an us-versus-them environment? This is why I have always had tremendous respect for politicians who are willing to fight for what the believe in but understand how to compromise to get something done. When I talked to my father on the phone this weekend after Senator Kennedy's funeral he said to me, "Those that don't believe there are second acts in politics didn't know Senator Kennedy".
If nothing else, I hope that the death of Ted Kennedy inspires high school students in civics classes and political science majors in colleges all across the country. If they listened this weekend to all Senator Kennedy was able to accomplish in his remarkable life, they too will realize why public servicein any capacity and for either political partyis and should continue to be a worthy calling.
Brown nosing must be a genetic trait!
Meghan McCain is a bigger dunce than her daddy. That takes work.
I wonder if Juan would’ve left his daughter alone with Teddy when she was a teenager...
He inspired me to take scuba diving lessons.
If nothing else, I hope that the death of Ted Kennedy inspires high school students to.....” not drink and drive.
Didn't the Neilsens' show a drastic drop in viewership?
Students are now encouraged to hire others to take their exams?
I thing “Lyin’ in the Senate” is a more appropriate title.
“Meghan McCain is a bigger dunce than her daddy”
Fat Meghan probably did him.
Of course he would. Liberals have no sense of danger or for the protection of their young. Hell, they murder them before their babies are even born!
The end of the "era of collegiality" can be pretty much set at the Bork confirmation hearings where a decent honorable, intelligent judge with an impeccable reputation was destroyed solely for partisan reasons.
Quick quiz: who was behind it? Hint: he died last week.
Meghan McCain obviously feels a certain affinity with the lesser Kennedy. They had much in common.
What a ditz..
Drunk and wearing a neckbrace?
AWW!! RINO lamentations isn’t that cute....I’d join in, but I’m busy lamenting the destruction Sen.Fatdrunkandliberal helped heap on this nation.
Meghan McCain is .....well bigger than life. Actually she is just fatter than life. Well just plain fat. Literally & figuratively. She has the McQueeg pandering & appeasing down to a fine art, just like her RINO old man. Apparently the lefties howling in derision & hatred for conservatives, such as Jesse Helms or Jerry Falwell, didn’t really seem to upset or offend her delicate sensibilities at those times.
Compromise??? I distinctly remember hearing during the memorial Friday night about how Kennedy would make ‘deals’ with those on the other side of the aisle, only to go back on his word after the agreement was made. And he was proud of this! He was quoted as saying “This ain’t no boys club!” And they were all bragging about this! About how the rules are for everyone else!
Megan McCain is starting to make me sick to my stomach. She is an idiot.