Although we all knew it was coming, I have to say that Ted Kennedy's death hit me hard. If I was doing word association, and someone said, "senator," I would answer, "Ted Kennedy." First elected in 1962, (!) he is the symbol of the Senate to me, and has been since I was a kid, even though I lived in Florida. He's one of the reasons I became a Democrat in a house of Republicans. I don't know enough about legislative history to completely understand his contribution, I understand it is considered unparalleled by some. Melissa Harris Lacewell wrote this tweet today: harrislacewell Passage of real #HCR would be significant tribute to Sen Kennedy.He fought to extend health care throughout his career. I would love to see that happen. A fitting testimony indeed.
I'm a conch, a local Key Wester, but I'm exiled to the frozen north, hence the "ExPat." I'm a political junkie, and wanted to share the discussions I have with my friends who maybe aren't as dorky as I am. But ought to be.