As I checked the news this morning I discovered that Senator Ted Kennedy has died at age 77 after battling a brain tumor. Kennedy, the youngest of four brothers, he alone lived and died a death of natural causes. Like two other brothers he ran for the presidency, but did not make it to the end. But what he did was become one of the most effective senators in history, crafting deals that got things done.
Health care reform was a key priority, and one can only believe that his absence from the senate has had an unfortunate effect on the debate. Perhaps now, as we honor his life, and mourn his passing that legacy and vision will stand out, and a civil conversation can begin.
Of course, for the Kennedy family this is a double loss, for it was only a few weeks ago that Eunice Kennedy Shriver died. A great family, devoted as they were/are to public service have lost two important standard bearers. The nation has lost them as well.
We keep the family and the nation in our prayers.