Teddy Kennedy passed away today after a struggle with brain cancer.
He had a long a storied career. Whether you loved him or hated him, it's undeniable that he left a mark on our country.
He lived his life in the public eye. Sometimes that made his foibles seem larger than life. His mistakes were tried in the pubic realm. Similarly though, I think his strengths must also be viewed as larger than life too.
Ted Kennedy stood for the positive impact that government could have on our lives.
Too many today live in a binary world where government is either all bad or it should be a nanny state. Either extreme is irrational.
Ted Kennedy attempted to straddle the middle. Sometimes he failed, but still he tried to bring about good government that works for the benefit of the people it's designed to represent. Ted Kennedy saw government as a tool for the betterment of people--he believed until the end in the edifying power of good government.
I met Ted Kennedy once. He treated me as if we were lifelong friends and with a graciousness far beyond what his position and history would suggest.
I'm moved for the loss that we all suffer by his passing.
So long Teddy.