Senator Kennedy has died, after a nearly one-year struggle with brain cancer. Kennedy was 77.
I still remember some of my earliest moments seeing Senator Kennedy. When I was a young child, he ran for president against Jimmy Carter. Although it was a highly contested battle, Kennedy delivered a searing speech at the Democratic National Convention.
After that, I recall his extremely passionate argument against Rehnquist becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The closing words were: "too extreme to be Chief Justice." Later, in law school, I could appreciate his words.
Kennedy was a very passionate and tireless liberal who fought for very important social issues. There aren't too many politicians on either side of the aisle with the drive to fight and with his great speaking ability. He will be missed. Another "classic" has died.
The Associated Press has published a detailed article on Kennedy's life: Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77.