Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ted's Free Period

The grand Kennedy died. As I heard the due honors, I suddenly wondered how long.

Which of the hostile and asocial sorts will be first, second, third...to slam Ted? Spinning the Axis of Asses are likely to be FoxNews, Limbaugh, Coulter and such locals as Hub Politics and Red Mass Group.

Surprisingly, they were not immediate on slamming the Senator. There was a hint and warning at Malkin's site:

There is a time and place for political analysis and criticism. Not now.

Yes, there will be a nauseating excess of MSM hagiographies and lionizations — and crass calls to pass the health care takeover to memorialize his death.

That’s no excuse to demonstrate the same lack of restraint in the other direction. Not now.

She is as tasteless and dishonest and dishonorable as any. So, she'll likely wait a day or two, but certainly not until he's buried before piling on the lies and contorted extrapolations.

We know it will come from the many wingers. So, let's plan on dismissing those puerile attacks like so many flies at the picnic.

Instead, let's keep in the fore that Ted could have taken many easy ways out. He was born wealthy and connected. He could have gone corporate or foundation and cruised in comfort. Having been elected U.S. Senator, he might have been one of the many who ferried the bacon from D.C. to MA, earning adoration and re-election for cash.

This Ted though plugged away for the hard stuff, big ideas that his assassinated brothers sought and much more. He did the progressive thing, going for the underlying problems and long-term solutions. To his last day, he was focused and relentless on those goals.

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