A Really Rotten Summer to be a Celebrity

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As you’ll probably have heard before you read this, Senator Ted Kennedy died overnight.  Much will be said.  Much more than is really necessary or even appropriate.

My first thought is of health care reform, something Kennedy championed for decades and would be championing today, if not for his illness.  It’s hard to know how this will affect the current debate.  Kennedy was hated by conservatives, but loved within the senate by just about everyone, regardless of party or ideology.

There was a time when a death like this, coming at a time like this, would speed health care reform legislation along; make it more progressive, as Kennedy would have wanted.  That time, however, is probably past.  What we’ll probably get instead is more partisan spleen, including commentary about how Kennedy would have died months ago under “socialized medicine,” because a “death panel” would have declared his case not worth the expense.

And that’s just sad.

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2 Responses to “A Really Rotten Summer to be a Celebrity”

  1. urbino Says:

    And so it begins:

    “Placing [Kennedy’s] name on a health-care bill, in memoriam, or using his name as a sympathy ploy to advance a health care bill that would deny Americans the choices Sen. Kennedy had is an insult and is supreme hypocrisy,” the talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday. ‘The senator’s passing is going to give them the opportunity to use the sympathy play to get as much done in his name as possible.”

    “No government was a partner with God in Ted Kennedy’s death. To put his name on this current health-care bill would be to insult what he stood for,” Limbaugh said.

    That’s right. Putting Kennedy’s name on a health reform bill would be an insult to the man who spent most of his career trying to get what’s likely to be in the final bill and who largely wrote one of the bills under consideration.

    And say what you will about Limbaugh, he’s always been johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to defending Ted Kennedy from insults.

  2. michaellasley Says:

    Yeh….really, Limbaugh is just looking out for his boy’s rep in that quotation above. Like any good friend would do.

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