Sen. Ted Kennedy has died of brain cancer at age 77.
There is much to criticize in his career, particularly leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to die after the auto accident on Chappaquiddick Island in July 1969. The ensuing cover-up kept him out of jail and preserved his Senatorial career, but effectively ended his presidential hopes. Even in the twilight of his career he failed to take responsibility for his actions, which tragically and unnecessarily ended another life. The result is an indelible stain on his legacy, which should disturb even liberals, whose cause he so effectively (and unfortunately) championed.
But today our thoughts and prayers should go out to his family. Edward M. Kennedy, RIP.
Update: Jim beat me to the punch, posting while I was writing. He is right about the complexity of Sen. Kennedy’s character. It is tragic that someone who could do good had such tragic flaws.