Probably no better public example of life as a mixed bag – wealthy, privileged, popular Senator, likely to be subject of memorials that will make the Princess Di & Michael Jackson funerals seem to be models of restraint and decorum.
On the other hand you have the Harvard cheating incident, Chappaquiddick, A son with cancer, murdered brothers, family lost in plane crashes, a broken marriage, nephews accused of rape, and an assortment of lesser tragedies.
Given all that went with being a Kennedy of that era, it’s a wonder that any of them avoided a complete nervous breakdown, or could function at all.
He’ll certainly be missed by the Democratic Party; he certainly was effective in moving the liberal agenda forward though the warm, fuzzy haze of bi-partisanship, hoodwinking and outmaneuvering just about any Republican Senator on most pieces of major legislation.
That kind of ability doesn’t grow on trees.
Our prayers go out to the Kennedy family.