Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts has died

Posted on August 26, 2009



Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy lost his battle with brain cancer late on Tuesday night at the age of 77. His death marks the end of an era that saw him serve in the Senate since 1962. He goes to that eternal sleep to be greeted by his brothers, John and Robert, long ago cut down by assassins’ bullets.

I disagree with a lot of the positions of Sen. Kennedy, but at his passing people of all political stripes should be respectful and be at least mindful of his historically lengthy Senate tenure. Was his a perfect life or political career? One needs to look no further than Chappaquiddick for the answer that none of us, even the “liberal lion” of the Senate, can escape our own moral failings or, in Kennedy’s case, escape the shadow of tragedy that hung over his family.

Now isn’t the time for railing against his personal life or his policies – it should be one of somber remembrance. But neither should his death be exploited for pushing a political agenda, as has already been done by Nancy Pelosi, Robert Byrd and Chris Matthews. Let the dead have a moment’s peace before we use their memories in whatever manner we deem worthy.

That’s why today, not as a Democrat, Republican, conservative, or liberal, but as a human being – I’ll take a moment to remember Sen. Kennedy in my thoughts and keep his family in my prayers.

Michelle Malkin, Ed Morrissey, and the Anchoress have similar reflections on Kennedy’s passing.

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