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Ted Kennedy back in D. C.

Democrats made big news at yesterday's Congressional swearing-in ceremonies. The Secretary of the Senate refused to seat Roland Burris, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevitch's choice to fill President Elect Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. At the same time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was preparing the way for Al Franken to be sworn in as Minnesota's junior senator, despite a new lawsuit by challenger Norm Coleman questioning the state's hand recount procedure.

Outside of the media circus there was a smaller, but no less remarkable, Senate victory. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who is currently battling a brain tumor, made his way back to Capitol Hill, fulfilling a pledge that he made during the Democratic National Convention this past fall:

"I pledge to you that I will be there next January on the floor of the United States Senate when we begin the great test."

After being sworn into the Senate, he held the Bible at the swearing-in ceremony for his son Patrick, who is a member of the House of Representatives. Kennedy is weak and uses a cane now, and he has obviously lost a lot of weight, but I think he looks better than he has in years.

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Conservatives have said a lot of unkind things about Ted Kennedy over the years, much of it deserved, but today we should salute the courage of this old lion as he prepares for what might be his final battle in the arena of public service.


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I salute his courage. ... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

I salute his courage.

I salute his courage. He ha... (Below threshold)
Ken Hahn:

I salute his courage. He has had his moment. He should just retire now and not do any more damage.

Did little Patrick ever get... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Did little Patrick ever get his driver's license back, or is it still suspended?

Ted looks good. Off the sau... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Ted looks good. Off the sauce no doubt. Nancy is a scary looking woman. Too many times under the knife.

today we should salute t... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

today we should salute the courage of this old lion

I decline.

I do not salute traitors.

PATRICK KENNEDY is the idio... (Below threshold)
SPURWING PLOVER:

PATRICK KENNEDY is the idiot who said opposing gun control is insane COMMING FROM ONE OF THE MANY SPOILED KENNEDY BRATS WHO CAN AFFORD HIS OWN ARMED BODYGUARDS, AND CHAPAQUEDIC TED

Kennedy is a lying POS whos... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Kennedy is a lying POS whose cowardly actions caused the death of an innocent young girl. You want me to salute that fleck of excrement? You gotta be kidding.

The Distinguished Drunk fro... (Below threshold)
kevino:

The Distinguished Drunk from Massachusetts.

"Ted looks good. Off the sa... (Below threshold)
Mike:

"Ted looks good. Off the sauce no doubt"

Yes. It's a wonder what proper diet and exercise can do for a person. Too bad it often takes a life-threatening condition to make people change their old habits.

I won't salute the man, but... (Below threshold)
Clay:

I won't salute the man, but I'll certainly salute his courage. That takes guts, Ted.

Instead of just holding the Bible, I pray he reads it.

I do not wish anyone to die... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I do not wish anyone to die and I always pray cancer is wiped out once and for all, but I have nothing good to say about this man, so I will say nothing. ww

"...but today we should sal... (Below threshold)
LoadTheMule:

"...but today we should salute the courage of this old lion as he prepares for what might be his final battle in the arena of public service."

No thank you. It doesn't take courage to do what Teddy did (or what Teddy does). It takes the unmitigated gall and hubris of the self-centered and egotistical 'gentry' class who honestly believe there is one set of rules for them and another set for we, the unwashed masses.

I wish Teddy no ill well from the standpoint of his health. I pray for his full recovery. But beyond that--I wouldn't spit in his ass if his guts were one fire.

today we should sa... (Below threshold)
today we should salute the courage of this old lion

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.

I salute Ted's liver. It la... (Below threshold)
CZ:

I salute Ted's liver. It lasted a lot longer than his brain did.

I refuse to salute this low... (Below threshold)
JimK:

I refuse to salute this lowlife, for so many reasons...the biggest of which is named Mary Jo Kopechne.

Furthermore I call shame upon ANYONE who would salute him for *any* reason. One does not salute criminals and scumbags. Not even under the guise of respecting the opposition.

15 comments about a man's i... (Below threshold)
JFO:

15 comments about a man's illness and the score so far?

11 haters and 4 and a half (wee willie counts as half) gracious folks.

I'll be gracious when I see... (Below threshold)

I'll be gracious when I see the grace of apologies for all the nastiness about Tony Snow from the left.

Washington deficits now run (left to right) intellectual, moral, and well, moral again.

No JFO, not haters, just pe... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

No JFO, not haters, just people calling a spade and spade. The man got off a 2nd degree murder charge and felony hit and run because of his name. Another got off of jail time because the Kennedy's paid off the family of the paralyzed girl. Some animals are more equal than others.

My favorite so far: "I pray... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

My favorite so far: "I pray for his health...I wouldn't spit on his ass if his guts were on fire."
How very Christian of you, sir.
I'll just bet you pray for Ted Kennedy's health.
Lying AND hypocrisy, in one concise comment.
I believe we have a winner.

I said "health" and the com... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I said "health" and the commenter said "full recovery". My bad.

I believe we have a winn... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

I believe we have a winner.

And if the category is "Lying and Hypocrisy", the obvious winner is Teddy Kennedy (D-Chivas) who spent much of his life excelling in both areas.

> ... but I think he lo... (Below threshold)
Arthur:

> ... but I think he looks better than he has in years.

Wow, you're right. He does look better. But Patrick looks like a loon!

Not a good thing to say abo... (Below threshold)
MPR:

Not a good thing to say about this man's career. So, I have nothing to say.

Kennedy is weak and uses... (Below threshold)
RickZ:

Kennedy is weak and uses a cane now, and he has obviously lost a lot of weight, but I think he looks better than he has in years.

Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse. Two out of three is not good enough when it comes to The Swimmer.

Screw Them him.... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

Screw Them him.

Ted should retire posthaste... (Below threshold)

Ted should retire posthaste.

Though I never like or appr... (Below threshold)
mag:

Though I never like or approve of Ted Kennedy, my heart does go out to any human who has to suffer this horrible disease. Whatever anyone thinks of Ted, he is in God's hands now and let Him be the judge.

Have you ever wondered abou... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Have you ever wondered about what D.C. stands for? It means DISTRICT of CRINIMALS

D,c District of crimenal Ye... (Below threshold)
Terri Roeder:

D,c District of crimenal Yeh and they have all just left DC Bush Cheny rumsfeld




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