Only reason I'm writing about him at all is this crap:
But I will take to task the people who are seeking to use Kennedy's death to their political advantage, such as this call by Balloon-Juice:
" it’s time to come back after Labor Day with a single coherent Senator Edward M. Kennedy Health Care Reform Bill, and to twist whatever arms, ears, or other parts are necessary to get a good strong comprehensive bill passed and signed, NOW. We owe the memory of a great man no less."This theme of naming a bill after Kennedy is sure to pick up steam, as Democrats are desperate to do anything to overcome public opposition on the merits. Witness this San Francisco Chronicle column today:
There would be no more fitting tribute to the passing of Ted Kennedy, than to pass a health-care reform bill by early fall.Strange, when Rush Limbaugh used the phrase "Kennedy Memorial Health Bill," he was harshly criticized. But that was back in March, on the heels of the stimulus bill, when passage of a Democratic health care restructuring bill seemed like a certainty.
'...no more fitting tribute...' to a man who, had he been an average citizen under this horrendous bill, would never have lived as long as he did; to a many who sheltered as much of his wealth and estate as possible from taxes while whining that "The rich don't pay their fair share"; I can think of a few fitting tributes, but this bill isn't one of them.