Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I guess it didn't fit the narrative...

Earlier in the week, MSNBC ran a story about gun-toting protesters outside an Obama rally in Phoenix. They zeroed in on a man's rifle (scary! threatening!) while omitting his face--watch the video here. Why? Because if they had zoomed out just a bit, the audience would have realized that--oops!--the rifle-toting white extremist is a black man.


Ted Kennedy has died.

I met him in my youth when I was testifying on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. He was kind and gracious, even to his opponents and I think, a good Senator.

Unlike his brothers who always had eyes on higher office, Ted worked at being a Senator. He was a vigorous champion of the left in American public life...and that's a good thing. Too many people in Washington have no goal other than power itself. Not so for Senator Kennedy. He always knew where he stood, who he was for, and what he was against.

He was of course a flawed man. It's impossible to tell his story without mentioning his disgraceful conduct in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Other aspects of his personal life were less than flattering as well. In the end though, I think one has to acknowledge that he was truly a great (if imperfect) man. We will not soon see his like again.

Rest in peace.

His obituary is here.