Apologies in advance to my Republican friends for a couple of the pot-shots in this post. Try not to take it personally. I’m jus talkin’ ’bout Ted…
By now, you’ve probably heard that Edward “Ted/Teddy” Kennedy died. He’s the Kennedy that outlived the curse. Sure, there was the Chappaquiddick thing…but nonetheless…he lived to the age of 77 and worked pretty much his entire adult life in politics. He was the one that survived. The one no bullet would pierce. He even won the fight against cancer for longer than doctors imagined he would…but cancer’s a mean, dirty, miserable bastard.
I don’t have a ton of real memories about Ted Kennedy. I can think of very little he did in my lifetime that I think was very monumental—other than being one of the few Democrats with enough balls to VOCALLY object to this stupid war we’re still stuck in… But still…I can’t remember when there wasn’t a Ted Kennedy in the news. I just read that he’s helped to author 300 bills that became law. That’s a lot.
This is how I’m going to remember Ted Kennedy… When I heard he died, it was the first image in my mind.
That’s from the Inauguration ceremonies of President Barack Hussein Obama (I’ve decided to start using his middle name, since Republicans do it too—I’m taking it back). He looked good that day. He looked happy. And as Chris Matthews put it, “That’s a hell of a hat on that guy!” It was good to see him look like that. Later that day, he had a seizure that put a damper on the day…but fortunately, the Teddy we saw on TV looked great. And this is the guy I’m going to remember for the rest of the time there’s space in my brain for him.
Ted…I’m glad we got a Democrat in there for you before you went out. You outlived a lot. Family…friends…you even lived down the Chappaquiddick incident in most people’s minds (I mentioned it earlier and had to remind people of what happened—including people who were alive, cognisant, and REPUBLICAN at the time). With how you lived your life in the Senate, the fact that you survived the Bush Administration is nothing short of astounding…but you made it. You saw history take place in the first Black President being elected. And you even got to help out in his administration a little bit before moving on to the next world. Congratulations, Ted. It was a hell of a run, in a hell of a hat.