The thousands of people who lined the streets of Boston to say good-bye to Teddy Kennedy should tell us something: that politics is still a noble profession. At least, when practiced by someone like Teddy Kennedy.
Kennedy loved politics, because he loved people. And politics, at its best, is nothing but doing good for the people who need help the most.
Teddy understood that. He came from a wealthy family. But he didn’t spend his time trying to get bigger tax cuts for the wealthy, or bigger tax breaks for big corporations.
His time and energy went into fighting for those who had no voice: for the poor, the disabled, women, minorities, gays, working men and women – and, especially, in the cause of his life, for those who could not afford basic, quality health care for themselves and their families.
Teddy was everything we could want in a politician. No saint, by any measure. But fighting hard, every moment – with members of both parties – to open the doors of opportunity for every American.
For his efforts, he was mercilessly attacked by Republicans: Newt Gingrich, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and other losers.
But they’re not even in the same league as Teddy.
Among America’s political leaders, he will always be honored as a giant. They will be forgotten as mere pygmies.
That’s my parting shot for today.