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Old 08-26-2009, 12:46 AM   #1
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Ted Kennedy, R.I.P.

Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy dead at 77 - CNN.com

(CNN) -- Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died Wednesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

"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," a family statement said. "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."

Kennedy, nicknamed "Ted," was the younger brother of slain President John F. Kennedy and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was gunned down while seeking the White House in 1968. However, his own presidential aspirations were hobbled by the controversy around a 1969 auto accident that left a young woman dead, and a 1980 primary challenge to then-President Jimmy Carter that ended in defeat.

But while the White House eluded his grasp, the longtime Massachusetts senator was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades. Kennedy, who became known as the "Lion of the Senate," played major roles in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, and was an outspoken liberal standard-bearer during a conservative-dominated era from the 1980s to the early 2000s.

"Senator Ted Kennedy's legacy in the United States Senate is comparable and consistent with the legacy of his entire family for generations," Kennedy's biographer, Ted Sorensen, said.


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Old 08-26-2009, 12:56 AM   #2
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First Eunice and now Ted...what, two weeks apart?

I wonder who the patriarch of that family is now?

I was curious, so I looked, Jean is the last of Joe's kids alive, she's 81.
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RIP Ted Kennedy.

Local news here in Mass is covering this live.
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RIP Sen. Ted Kennedy

You did a lot for this country, but your battle is over no more pain no more illness may you rest in heaven.

Prayers to the family
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may you rest in heaven.
I hope he avoids whatever sub-development Mary Jo Kopechne is living in when he gets to the pearly gates.

Friends in high places.
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Flipping through the news channels, CNN has a camera outside of the home...can anyone tell me why?

That is, outside of their vulture-ish voyeuristic "journalism", hoping to catch some teary-eyed family members...ugh. I sure do love CNN, they never go for the tabloid shit.
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I guess he will get to see Mary Jo again.
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Canadiens beat you to it, deep. Yer slippin'.
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Fuck, I'm good.

This thread is now about:
Do you think Teddy's death will help/hurt Obama's healthcare reform push?
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"To whom much is given, much is expected." The Kennedys lived by these words.

He was not a perfect man, but he tried his best to help the common man and woman. Women like me.

RIP Senator Kennedy. And thank you.
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Mary Jo Kopechne came from my area, is buried here and I never much fell under the Kennedy mystique. Even so, I voted for him when he ran for President because I thought he was an excellent senator and I thought, and still think, he would have made a good president. He had a lousy personal legacy and a sharp, dominating political one. I didn't like the man, but I was grateful for his leadership.
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RIP, Ted.
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Ted will be missed greatly. He truly did care for the underprivileged and deserves much credit for cleaning up his own destructive lifestyle over the last two decades.
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"To whom much is given, much is expected." The Kennedys lived by these words.
While I also have never bought into the Kennedy mystique, I've always found their overall dedication to public service and the underpriveledged worthy of respect despite the controversies.

For better and offen for worse, they do lead by example.
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Interesting watching the news, hearing a bunch of stuff I didn't know about him. I obviously despised the man politically, but he did seem like a nice enough guy, and you can't deny his impact on things.
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We lost a great man, who cared for the commom person. May you Rest in Peace Teddy.
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RIP Sen Kennedy

He accomplished many things and helped many people. I've grown up my whole life hearing about the Kennedys from my mother and from the media and from visiting the library so many times. I knew he was in bad shape when he couldn't go to Eunice's funeral (such an accomplished person in her own right, like her father said if she had been born a man she could have been President) but it still seems like a jolt. Also when the rumored visit from the President while he's in MV wasn't going to happen, I knew then too. Sen Kennedy had more seizures three days ago.

It is the end of an era, and for me that makes it so sad too- and so strange. Some of the next Kennedy generation has accomplished some good things too, but it will never be the same.
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I guess he will get to see Mary Jo again.
Don't think so. Mary Jo went to Heaven.

Sorry but if anyone other than a Kennedy- or some big star like OJ- was involved in that incident, they'd either have gone to jail, or at the very least had their political career ruined. Gary Condit's life was ruined for his very involvement with Cassandra Levy, and he didn't even really kill her. Yet Ted goes on to decades of popularity in the Senate. It's not really fair. I don't think Ted intentionally killed Mary Jo, but I do believe his neglectful behavior in the crucial moments that followed show he didn't care if she died, and that is own rep was more important to him than her life.

I am sorry that the news is stalking the family. That's heartless.
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