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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Spencer's remarks on Teddy Kennedy literally gave me goosebumps as I read them this morning:
Is there anyone in the second half of the 20th century who, more than Ted Kennedy, dedicated his or her life to liberalism? In its struggles, its failures, its excesses, its rebirths, there he was. His brothers made their family a symbol. But it was his charge, a task he never sought but bore for his entire adult life, to translate the symbol into tangible reality. Looking at Ted Kennedy tell us, in probably his last true star turn, that in Barack Obama "the dream lives on" -- a reprise, of course, of his legendary "The Dream Will Never Die" speech 28 years ago -- you wonder: Ted Kennedy devoted his life to pulling his fellow Americans out of poverty, division and injustice and into the sterling dignity of the American promise. What kind of person could oppose that mission?

He truly has been the backbone of almost every progressive move the country's taken while he's been in office. And unless your heart is made of stone (or maybe if you're a republican) you'll probably also feel a little misty while watching Caroline Kennedy's tribute to her uncle, and his rousing speech from the DNC last night. You can watch both videos here.

While we're on the subject of the DNC, Sommer's reporting from there all week for DCist. Our site was chosen as D.C.'s official blog representative at the convention. The stuff she's filed so far has been great, so stay tuned for more.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ted Kennedy, a real American douche bag. His entire family is a bunch of douche bags that have gotten away with murder.

Who else drives off a bridge hammered ass drunk with his mistress. Then decides to go ahead and get out without helping her in the least. Walked home past several homes with telephones and public phones, not using one to call the police. Then go home and wait until the next morning to go look for her. Only to finally call the police and try to suppress the incident.

Let us not even bring up his nephew Michael Skakel and the thirty year coverup of Martha Moxleys murder.

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody disagrees with those stated intentions; it's his ignorance of the disconnect between the policies he has pursued to achieve those noble intentions and the political and economic reality of the world as it actually is. Ignoring the laws of physics will not help you fly.

3:10 PM  

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