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August 26th, 2009 11:11 am
Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Regardless of one’s political affiliation or ideology, today’s news of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s passing is upsetting.   Kennedy, an unapologetic liberal — indeed, an icon on the Left –served more than 40 years in the United States Senate and was a fearsome advocate for the causes he took on.   Indeed, in the heat of more than a few legislative battles over the years, many in the center-right community found themselves cursing his name, while at the same time wishing he played for our team.

When I sat down this morning to write this post, I must confess that I was lost for words.  Then I stumbled upon Bill Bennett’s words on NRO’s The Corner.  Bennett wrote:

He assaulted our causes and nominees with vigor and rancor. Still, in his day he was a powerful orator — and historians will mark his speech to the 1980 Democratic convention as a high water mark and example. To his supporters, I simply give them his words, and leave the rest to historians: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.’ To the American Left, he was their lion. To the American conservative movement, he was our bane. But today, we put the politics aside and wish him and his family God’s peace.

R.I.P. Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

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