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Senator Ted Kennedy Passes Away At Age 77

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U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, brother of former President John F. Kennedy, has lost his battle with brain cancer.

The 77 year old Senator comes from a family with a long and well established record of public service.   At the time of his death, he was the second most senior member of the Senate, after Robert Byrd of West Virginia, and the third-longest-serving senator of all time.

Kennedy was also the father of sitting Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy of Rhode Island.

"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's life was plagued by a string of personal tragedies, including the assassination of brothers John and Robert. In the 1969 Chappaquiddick incident, the car Kennedy was driving ran off a bridge and plunged into water, resulting in the death of passenger Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a suspended sentence; however, doubts about his account of the accident significantly damaged his chances of ever becoming President of the United States.

When Kennedy did finally run for President in 1980, he waged a losing battle for the Democratic nomination against sitting President Jimmy Carter. Famously stating at the end of his campaign: "For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

Kennedy's older sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, died earlier this month at the age of 88.

11 Responses »

  1. But I bet it's hot where he's going.

    You can't kill someone and not expect to pay for it.

  2. is it wrong to cheer?

  3. Puuuuleazuh, can we have a little class? No matter what you thought of the man's politics, now is the not the right time.

    We honor the dead. Even if I disagreed with him 95% of the time. Ted Kennedy was a U.S. Senator, and as Americans we must all respect that.

    • You're right. I couldn't stand the guy at all, but it's no reason to sling crap at him now. Just makes you sound like the fools on Democrat Underground.

      • No it doesn't. It makes them sound like the no class, double digit IQ, uneducated ignorant fools running the Republicans into the ground.

  4. "....to speak for those who have no voice; to remember those who are forgotten; to respond to the frustration and fulfill the aspiration of all Americans seeking a better life in a better land....for all those whose cares have been our concern, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die."

    Edward Moore Kennedy, August 12, 1980

    The lion sleeps.

    I'll never forget the night Ted Kennedy gave that speech at the Democratic National Convention after failing to win his party's nomination for the presidency. I was staying in a one-room kitchenette in Liverpool, NY, just outside of Syracuse. It was - and remains - the greatest political oration of my lifetime. Watching the event on a small, black and white TV I instinctively knew I was witnessing one of those sublime moments in American history that would be remembered a century into the future.

    Teddy Kennedy died late last night at the age of seventy-seven. In a life that is littered with ironies, here's the biggest one of all: His three older brothers - Joe, Jack and Bobby - are eternally frozen in our imagination as the personifications of youth. How poignant that our final image of the baby of that family will be as an old man, frail and mortally ill.

    When he first ran for the senate forty-seven years ago, I was all of four years old. Had I been writing about politics then it is a fairly good bet that I would have vehemently opposed the candidacy of Edward Moore Kennedy. Let's be honest; in 1962 the guy was a lightweight. He ran for the Democratic nomination against another young man, Edward McCormick, whose uncle was the speaker of the House of Representatives. During a debate McCormick told him that were it not for his name, his candidacy would be viewed as a joke. It was a point well made. It is obvious when looking at film of that campaign that our boy Ted is in way over his head.

    Whom among us would have dared dream all those years ago that this punk would one day evolve into the greatest senator ever to walk those halls?

    An incredible realization just came to me: Teddy represented the state of Massachusetts for forty-six years, eight months and nineteen days. That is nearly three months longer than all the years his older brother Jack lived on earth. This truly is the end of an era, folks.

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    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  5. Who cares if he was a US Senator? This man was a murderer. Hope he gets what's coming to him.

  6. Murderer? Are you referring to the accident at Chappaquidik? He was a great man who did great things legislating humane policies for ALL Americans. But you ignorant folks who take great delight in slandering that which your pea brains can't comprehend haven't got one fraction of the class this man had. I don't pity the fools. But he did.

  7. Linda, Ted Kennedy was a murderer. He did let that young lady die and he, and his family, did their best to cover it up.
    He also worked to change the laws in '04 so the, then Republican Governor, couldn't appoint a new Senator in case John Kerry had won the Presidential Race. Then when he was on his way out of this world, he works again to change it so the people couldn't elect a new Senator (which he worked to change in '04).
    So, my sympathies to his family, but not to him. Mary Jo Kopechne can now rest in peace.