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U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy dies at 77

Liberal lion loses yearlong battle with brain cancer at Massachusetts home

HYANNIS PORT, Massachusetts - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate who lost two of his brothers to assassins' bullets, has died after battling a brain tumor. He was 77.

For nearly a half-century in the Senate, Kennedy was a steadfast champion of the working class and the poor, a powerful voice on health care, civil rights, and war and peace. To the American public, though, he was best known as the last surviving son of America's most glamorous political family, the eulogist of a clan shattered again and again by tragedy.

His family announced his death in a brief statement released early Wednesday.

"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," the 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, fairness and opportunity for all."

Long-serving senator

Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962, when his brother John was president, and served longer than all but two senators in history. Over the decades, he put his imprint on every major piece of social legislation to clear the Congress.

His own hopes of reaching the White House were damaged — perhaps doomed — in 1969 by the scandal that came to be known as Chappaquiddick, an auto accident that left a young woman dead.
Kennedy — known to family, friends and foes simply as Ted — ended his quest for the presidency in 1980 with a stirring valedictory that echoed across the decades: "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."

The third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history, Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in May 2008 and underwent surgery and a grueling regimen of radiation and chemotherapy.

His death late Tuesday comes just weeks after that of his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver on Aug. 11.

Surprise blessing

In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Kennedy's son, Rhode Island Democratic congressman Patrick Kennedy, said his father had defied the predictions of doctors by surviving more than a year with his fight against brain cancer.

The younger Kennedy said that gave family members a surprise blessing, as they were able to spend more time with the senator and to tell him how much he had meant to their lives.

The younger Kennedy said his father's legacy was built largely in the Senate.

"He has authored more pieces of major legislation than any other United States senator," Patrick Kennedy said in the interview. "He is the penultimate senator. I don't need to exaggerate when I talk about my father. That's the amazing thing. He breaks all the records himself."

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The interesting story is that the democrats are wanting to change how the state of MA replaces him. When Mitt Romney was Governor they took the power away from him and required a special election to pick a replacement. Now that there is a D in office they want to change the procedure to allow the Governor to appoint an interim Senator.

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I didn't agree with most of his politics or liberal views. But I gotta say that it's sad to see him go. God rest his soul. My simpathy to the family and anyone who loses a loved one.

I have to hand it to him though for staying in politics as long as he did, even after both his brothers were assainated. That takes real guts and real courage.

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Teddy Kennedy is a prime example of someone being forgiven for their past failures.

There was the "Chappaquiddick incident" refering to the circumstances surrounding the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.

There was the drug and alcohol abuse, along with womanizing,

He was admitted to Harvard with substandard grades simply, because he was a Kennedy. He was expelled due to being caught cheating and reinstated simply, because he was a Kennedy.

While attending the University of Virginia, he was caught reckless driving several times, but never lost his driver's license, because he was a Kennedy.

We probably shouldn't forget the rape case he was involved in with his nephew either.

Once the "Iron Curtain" came down, there was information from KGB sources that many believe show Teddy gave the Russian government information regarding our nuclear programs. This was alledgedly, because he disagreed with Reagan. However, this possible act of treason was never thoroughly investigated. Probably, because he was a Kennedy.

Now, the liberals are touting the new health care proposal in his name as his "Life's Work." Although, the government health care program would not provide us with the same quality care that Teddy's sorry behind received throughout his battle with cancer.

Even in his last days he was trying to put together a shady deal (see CVC's post.)

Teddy was forgiven for all of these terrible things, because he took money from people that work, and gave it to people that don't work.

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Good post. The blind eye turned toward Kennedy is very similar to that of Michael Jackson.

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Not sure how he was "involved" or in anyway responsible for what his nephew did. Think

His nephew was grown man, able to make his own decisions and take responsibility for his own actions. You can blame Teddy for a lot of things, but keep to things that are Teddy's own actions. Just trying to be fair, that's all.

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WH,

We're in agreement here. He did enough on his own without needing to resort to his nephews wrong doings. I despised most of what he stood for and did, however I would not have wished harm upon him. He was a beautful living example of the double standards of the Democrats. I will miss being able to hold him up as a shining example of their hypocrasy. I do however hope his legacy dies with him.

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Apparently you forget that he was out partying with his nephew the night of the alledged rape. Teddy had to testify in court and the testimony helped to get his nephew off the hook.

Oh, and by golly old Teddy just happened to marry the lawyer that coached him on what to say during the testimony.

I stand by my statement. If he was not "involved," he would not have had to testify in court.

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No, in a court case, civil or criminal, "involved" and "responsible" are two different things, though the lines between them are often blurred at times. I've partied with people in the past, especially when in school, and what they did afterwards was their own doing, not mine. .

I didn't like his politics anymore than you do, and I'm sure there were a lot of things aloted them just because of who they are. Can't say that the Bush family is any different, as I recall W's daughters had a bit of trouble with under age drinking as well. I'm sure they got only a slap on the wrist because they were Bush. Should we blame W for all of that?

I understand your point Whelland and where you are coming from, but the man is dead!

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