We've lost another legend this summer. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts died at his home late Tuesday night. He was 77. Sen. Kennedy had been battling brain cancer since his diagnosis in 2008. He was one of the most influential U.S. senators, so that colleagues nicknamed the Democrat "The Lion of the Senate." If you ever watched Sen. Kennedy in action on the floor or at a rally, he was not one to hold his tongue. Whether you agreed with or loathed his left-wing opinions, he made politics interesting.
What a horrible month for the Kennedy family. They just lost Eunice Kennedy Shriver two weeks ago. Eunice was Edward's sister and Maria Shriver's mother. Following the assassination of his brothers JFK and Bobby Kennedy back in the 60s, Sen. Kennedy took on the patriarchal role in the family.
The man hasn't been dead 24 hours and the media are already questioning who will continue the legacy of the Kennedy political powerhouse. Read about that here. Health care reform was one of Sen. Kennedy's political passions. How ironic he died when the country is possibly on the brink of having universal health care.
I'm a politics junkie so my memories of Sen. Kennedy will be watching him play hardball on the Senate floor during debates. Sometimes I turn to C-Span to watch Congress in session and I would pause a little longer when Sen. Kennedy had the mic. Also, he played a major role in the election of the first black U.S. President.
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