Sunday, June 8, 2008

Mugger on Ted Kennedy

Veteran editor/columnist Russ "Mugger" Smith is back with a new project, this time online. His latest column:
[T]he outpouring of media and political grief following Sen. Ted Kennedy’s diagnosis of brain cancer last month has me rather perplexed. Yes, it’s grim news for Kennedy’s wife, children and relatives, but let’s be honest: the man is 76 years old (a hard 76, I might add) and has led a long, privileged and exciting life. His imminent death . . . is the natural conclusion for a man who was born in 1932. . . .
The late Texas Gov. Ann Richards once famously said about the first President Bush, “Poor George. He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.” Maybe so, but Bush has nothing on Teddy Kennedy when it comes to the extraordinary perks of wealth, power and fame.
Well worth the time to read the whole thing, especially for those too young to remember exactly who Teddy is and what he's done.

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