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Why The Lion of the Left Was Right
The Daily Beast ^ | 08/31/2009 | Meghan McCain

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 colleagues—including my father—tell 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 suit—he 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 brother’s 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 Kennedy’s 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 man’s passing..." Immediately, this post was used yet again by some as an example of my "secret liberalism." Because what—apparently 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 service—in any capacity and for either political party—is and should continue to be a worthy calling.


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1 posted on 08/31/2009 5:01:30 PM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard

Brown nosing must be a genetic trait!


2 posted on 08/31/2009 5:02:51 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: GoldStandard

Meghan McCain is a bigger dunce than her daddy. That takes work.


3 posted on 08/31/2009 5:03:28 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: GoldStandard

I wonder if Juan would’ve left his daughter alone with Teddy when she was a teenager...


4 posted on 08/31/2009 5:03:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: GoldStandard

Oh, puke!


5 posted on 08/31/2009 5:03:37 PM PDT by mlizzy (Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels Everywhere spells P.E.A.C.E.)
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To: GoldStandard

He inspired me to take scuba diving lessons.


6 posted on 08/31/2009 5:03:58 PM PDT by StandUpChuck
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To: GoldStandard

If nothing else, I hope that the death of Ted Kennedy inspires high school students to.....” not drink and drive.


7 posted on 08/31/2009 5:04:21 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR...Monthly Donors Wanted...I Upped My Monthly. Now, Up Yours.)
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To: 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.

Didn't the Neilsens' show a drastic drop in viewership?

8 posted on 08/31/2009 5:04:56 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: GoldStandard

Students are now encouraged to hire others to take their exams?


9 posted on 08/31/2009 5:05:02 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Those who go below the surface do so at their peril" - Oscar Wilde)
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To: GoldStandard

I thing “Lyin’ in the Senate” is a more appropriate title.


10 posted on 08/31/2009 5:05:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Senator Edward Kennedy 1932-2009, May he rot in hell.)
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To: TigersEye

“Meghan McCain is a bigger dunce than her daddy”

Fat Meghan probably did him.


11 posted on 08/31/2009 5:06:36 PM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

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!


12 posted on 08/31/2009 5:07:05 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Senator Edward Kennedy 1932-2009, May he rot in hell.)
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To: GoldStandard
Mehan, here is the problem. You lack an understanding of history.

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.

13 posted on 08/31/2009 5:07:42 PM PDT by Tribune7 (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Meghan McCain obviously feels a certain affinity with the lesser Kennedy. They had much in common.


14 posted on 08/31/2009 5:08:43 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: GoldStandard

What a ditz..


15 posted on 08/31/2009 5:10:49 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: GoldStandard
..he looked exactly the way you picture a Kennedy in your mind.

Drunk and wearing a neckbrace?

16 posted on 08/31/2009 5:11:02 PM PDT by ecomcon
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To: GoldStandard

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.


17 posted on 08/31/2009 5:11:15 PM PDT by skully (How much evil can an evil monger monger; if an evil monger can monger evil??!!)
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To: GoldStandard

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.


18 posted on 08/31/2009 5:12:38 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: GoldStandard

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!


19 posted on 08/31/2009 5:13:47 PM PDT by golas1964 (It takes an ACORN to raze a village.)
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To: GoldStandard

Megan McCain is starting to make me sick to my stomach. She is an idiot.


20 posted on 08/31/2009 5:14:36 PM PDT by ReluctantDragon
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To: rabscuttle385

Ping.


21 posted on 08/31/2009 5:14:41 PM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard

If the law applied to Senators and members of American royalty as it does to us “common” people, Teddy would have been thrown in jail for manslaughter and lost his Senate seat.


22 posted on 08/31/2009 5:15:07 PM PDT by antidemoncrat (.)
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To: skully

LOL ... She said politics was an industry ... what an idiot. Industries build things , produce. Politics is a club of the elitist criminals


23 posted on 08/31/2009 5:15:22 PM PDT by RED SOUTH
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To: rcrngroup
"Meghan McCain is .....well bigger than life. Actually she is just fatter than life. Well just plain fat."

I'm certainly no fan of the McCainlet, but she is so far from fat you have to be joking or blind!

24 posted on 08/31/2009 5:16:56 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: GoldStandard
"who had served nearly five decades in the Senate"

"can only mourn a man's service to his country"

I am getting tired of people referring to what these politicians do as "SERVICE". Maybe at the local or state level it could be considered service ... but these self-aggrandizing money grubbers in Washington are, if anything, "BEING SERVICED".

25 posted on 08/31/2009 5:17:04 PM PDT by Freedom_Isn't_Free (in fact, it isn't even cheap)
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To: ReluctantDragon
"Megan McCain is starting to make me sick to my stomach. She is an idiot."

Heredity? "The girl can't help it." (no offense Little Richard)

26 posted on 08/31/2009 5:19:22 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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To: GoldStandard

You forgot the barf alert!


27 posted on 08/31/2009 5:20:21 PM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (Who is John Thompson?)
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To: GoldStandard

When little Meghan grows up, maybe someone will tell her about her Lyin’ hero and Mary Jo Kopechne.


28 posted on 08/31/2009 5:28:11 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my country?)
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To: GoldStandard
"...people ask me if I want to run for office, my answer is always no"

Good. Keep it up.

29 posted on 08/31/2009 5:28:47 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: rcrngroup

Did you mention that Meghan is (a) fat(head)?


30 posted on 08/31/2009 5:31:31 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: TigersEye
Meghan McCain is a bigger dunce than her daddy.

Outweighs him to, I'm guessing. Bimbo carries a lot of weight.

31 posted on 08/31/2009 5:31:41 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: GoldStandard

Kennedy wasnt a lion, he was a Tom Cat.


32 posted on 08/31/2009 5:31:52 PM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: rabscuttle

Oh, good Lord. Did you see this?


33 posted on 08/31/2009 5:32:02 PM PDT by dynachrome (I am Jim Thompson!)
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To: GoldStandard

Talk about nauseating.

I need some valiums and a whole handful of dramamines.


34 posted on 08/31/2009 5:32:53 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Hey, Mr. Obama, please don't kill my gramma! NO on socialist healthcare!)
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To: randog
Yes, the viewers stayed away in droves.

Except for Meghan and her 37 facebook friends.

35 posted on 08/31/2009 5:33:06 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: GoldStandard
So you like the TRAITOR!

Did you vote for him and the traitor Kerry also.

36 posted on 08/31/2009 5:34:02 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Chubby —> fat. One can be fat w/o being obese.


37 posted on 08/31/2009 5:34:03 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: GoldStandard
... what was so evident was that Ted Kennedy always believed you could find compromise on the really important matters.

Prince Evilblot from Camelot:

"Now listen to me Mary Jo, we've got to find a compromise on this really important matter."

"Here's what "we" need to do." "You stay here, and I'll cut out ... err ... I'll walk a few steps until my head comes up above this 6-foot deep water and then .... err ... I'll valiantly swim as long as necessary through these dark, deep and swirling waters, and then seek help."

"I won't rest for even a minute in trying to find help as soon as I reach the shore!"

"See Ya soon Mary Jo!"

Yea Megan, he was a real compromiser on the really important matters, wasn't he?

38 posted on 08/31/2009 5:34:27 PM PDT by Col Freeper (FR is a smorgasbord of Conservative thoughts and ideas - dig in and enjoy it to its fullest!)
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To: GoldStandard
I am becoming ill with this nauseating creature and her tripe.
39 posted on 08/31/2009 5:37:54 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: GoldStandard

Meghan McCain is a poster child for kids abandoned in favor of politics, business, philanthropy, drugs, or whatever comes before family. Somebody, anybody, should have given this young woman a shove toward responsible adulthood. Eventually, she may turn into a human being, but I fear we’re in for a long, long adolescence.


40 posted on 08/31/2009 5:38:19 PM PDT by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: GoldStandard
If they listened this weekend to all Senator Kennedy was able to accomplish in his remarkable life

I didn't watch any of the ceremonies, so I missed hearing all he accomplished. Can anyone fill me in on what he accomplished for America?
41 posted on 08/31/2009 5:38:34 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: GoldStandard

Where’s the thermonuclear barf alert???


42 posted on 08/31/2009 5:46:23 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: GoldStandard

Lord :please let it mean the end of the Camelot era and the end of the Kennedy’s in politics.


43 posted on 08/31/2009 5:55:08 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: GoldStandard

The only compromise Kennedy was involved in was “progressing” centralized power and the far Left’s social agenda and culture. McCain loves compromising in that direction.

Where was all wise Moderate leader McCain as the Banks were passing out loans to people who could not afford them in the name of expanding home ownership? He was “compromising” with Teddy, Bawney and the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucus to crash the banking system. He should have been raising hell about this scheme and stopped it but rescuing the country would have been immoderate.

Where was moderate man when the Congress was spending like drunken sailors when Bush was in power? Where is the moderate now that Obama has wracked up a most immoderate deficit of 9 trillion dollars?

Moderate means never rocking the Left’s Teddy Love Boat so Meg does not spill her champaign.


44 posted on 08/31/2009 6:07:38 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: GoldStandard
I fully expected that the spawn of Juan McInsane would find the Swimmer “larger than life.” True, he was quite large, but I don't think his obesity is what she was referring to in her remarks.

The Swimmer was an evil man. I do not see how anyone can have a sense of camaraderie with someone you know is evil, unless you also have the same traits.

45 posted on 08/31/2009 6:08:50 PM PDT by MBB1984
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To: GoldStandard

Don’t you have anything better to do with your life than this?


46 posted on 08/31/2009 7:06:55 PM PDT by devere
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To: rabscuttle385

Lordy, did you see this?


47 posted on 08/31/2009 7:12:06 PM PDT by dynachrome (I am Jim Thompson!)
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48 posted on 08/31/2009 7:15:12 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (May God save the American Republic.)
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To: GoldStandard; TigersEye; TADSLOS; cripplecreek; DoughtyOne; AuntB; mkjessup; stephenjohnbanker; ...
Growing up, I remember my father often speaking highly of Senator Kennedy...

F U, Meghan. F U, Juan

49 posted on 08/31/2009 7:17:14 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (May God save the American Republic.)
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No, I didn’t. But this definitely deserves a massive barf alert.


50 posted on 08/31/2009 7:18:13 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (May God save the American Republic.)
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