It feels like the end of an era in American politics with the passing of Edward Kennedy.
Beyond the fact he is the last of a prematurely truncated line, Congress will lose one of its most valuable members.
President Barack Obama has saluted Kennedy’s half-century of service to the nation’s democratic process. He will be buried alongside his brothers at Arlington cemetary.
“The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we have all born witness is a testament to the way the singular figure in American history touched so many lives, his ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives … in seniors who know new dignity, in families who know new opportunity and in children who know education’s promise and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just,” said Obama.
The fact Obama is making Kennedy’s life’s work, heath care reform, his priority, means this Kennedy dynasty may yet have an effect in the 21st century, long after the death of the surviving brother of JFK and Robert.
Obama was certainly Kennedy’s pick in the Democratic primaries, during which he campaigned tirelessly for his and the Democrat’s Liberal legacy.