I don't have a lot more to say about Ted Kennedy, the man, or his legacy (although I am planning to comment on selecting his replacement and also on the media funeral hoopla, which did indeed rival the coverage of you-know-who -- that's why this is not exactly the last word...). But I did feel a tad lonely taking a middle-of-the-road approach last week, arguing there should be a quest for the right balance between the late senator's personal misdeeds and the good that he did as a legislator. However, over the course of few days, several other progressive bloggers did show up with a similar viewpoint. I want to highlight what I thought was a spot-on analysis by Melissa McEwan from the liberal blog Shakesville, looking back at TK from a feminist perspective:
He'd made a terrible bargain with himself, too.
Teddy's legacy, then, is complicated. A man of privilege, who used it cynically for his own benefit. A man of privilege, who used it generously to try to change the world. And maybe to salve his own conscience. Even as he believed fervently in the genuine rightness of his endeavors—and certainly would have, even if there wasn't a scale to balance.
I have no tidy conclusion. It is what it is.