Late last night before going to bed, I heard of the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. At hearing this sad news I was not shocked, as his death had been expected for some time.
Though Kennedy was most assuredly not a perfect man (who is?), he was probably one of the most effective Senators in recent history. What I most respected about him in this time of sharp ideological divide in politics, with the "Us vs Them" mentality running rampant, was his ability to reach across party lines to actually get things done that would benefit all Americans. While many politicians spend time pointing fingers, he reached out a helping hand.
With conservative Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch he worked on nearly a dozen bipartisan bills, including a federally funded program for victims of HIV/AIDS, health insurance for lower-income children and tax breaks to encourage the development of medicine for rare diseases.
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