AP breaking news reveals that Senator Edward Kennedy has died at his home in Hyannis Port.
He was a formidable foe. While anyone’s death is a tragedy to those close to them, I can’t say I will miss him. He’s been a thorn in the side of Conservatism for decades. With him gone, maybe we can now start to recoup some sanity in American politics. Although knowing Ted Kennedy, he’s found a way to influence politics from beyond the grave.
His last endeavor was to try to influence how his successor would be chosen. Several years ago, he helped put in place a new system for choosing Senate successors in Massachusetts based on special elections. In the last couple of weeks, however, he has been working to undo that system and replace it with the appointment method used previously. I guess he decided that the original method was ok after all; once he realized that his term was ending whether he wanted it to or not. He thought he should decide who his successor ought to be.
Kennedy’s death marks the beginning of the end of the Sixties Era and, hopefully, all the garbage that came with it.