August 26th, 2009 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Here's One Memory of Ted Kennedy. What's Yours?


Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last night, led a life obviously both accomplished and troubled.

But beyond the obvious signposts of the highs as the "Lion of the Senate" and the lows of Chappaquidick (and of course now the way Democrats will use his death as an impetus to pass real health care reform), I first realized the depth of the connection he and his family's legacy had in 1980. That's when Kennedy lost his bid to unseat then-President Carter in the Democratic primaries, an unusual effort because it was a serious challenge to a sitting president from within his own party.

At the Democratic National Convention that year, Kennedy delivered a memorable speech that I remember most for one thing — coming home and finding my mother crying as she watched it. While my mother cares about politics, she is not one to cry easily and the fact that I remember Kennedy's speech prompting her to cry stuck with me because it showed me how deeply the Kennedy name and legacy touched a generation.

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