You know, I really hoped that if there was any silver lining to the untimely passing of Senator Kennedy it would be that it would unite congress in achieving his life's dream and passing health reform WITH the public option.
Then I remember who we're dealing with here.
Already Republicans are chomping at the bit to start saying "oh if only Teddy were here, we could get this done." They are trying to paint the picture of Kennedy as a moderate - heck, he bordered on being conservative!!! We've seen it already from McCain, Hatch, and Judd Gregg and it's barely been 48 hours. I suppose that's plenty of time for Republicans to start revising history a bit. Truth is Edward Kennedy was as fiercely liberal as they come. He's been quoted as calling himself "the definition of an American liberal." And most American liberals would whole-heartedly agree. For the Republicans to now stroll along and attempt to hijack his legacy and - even worse - use it to justify their attempts to destroy his dream of universal health care in America may just be their most disgusting act to date.
I guess they've forgotten that for the past 20 years Ted Kennedy HAS been active in the senate, trying to get health care reform through, only to have every attempt squashed by their party. I guess they've forgotten that RIGHT NOW, AS WE SPEAK there is a Kennedy-authored health reform bill, called The Kennedy Bill, which every single Republican in the senate has voted against (including the 3 "if only Teddy was here" asshole hypocrites I mentioned above).
Every day that passes the Republican party disgusts me more and every day they push me further away from my current political title for myself of "independent" and further into the corner of the Democratic party. John McCain, Judd Gregg, and - you repugnant fuck that has the gall to call yourself Ted Kennedy's "friend" - Orin Hatch, you all make me sick.
At least there is one possible silver lining, that being that the passing of Edward Kennedy will unite the Democratic party to tell the Republicans to go fuck themselves and get this thing done. Gentlemen, it's time to grow a fucking backbone and make the Liberal Lion's lifelong dream come true. Don't fuck this up.