Senator Ted Kennedy died last night. The people of Massachusetts, as well as liberals throughout the U.S., have lost an intelligent, dedicated, and influential voice. Surviving his brother the senator and president by more than 45 years, and his brother the senator, attorney general, and presidential candidate for more than 40, Edward Moore Kennedy succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 77.
I’ll quote back, in memory of the senator, the words he said for his brother in 1968:
My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.
Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass through all the world.
Ted Kennedy did his best to work toward that end. Others continue to, but it won’t be the same without him. Goodbye, Senator.