This morning the last living son of Joseph Kennedy Sr died. Sen. Ted Kennedy was 77 when he succumbed to the affliction he has battled recently.
Too young to serve in WWII and become a war hero like his older brothers Joe Jr and Jack, it seemed Ted would always be in the shadow. In politics, he stayed in the shadows while his brothers Jack and Bobby went to Washington DC and the White House. It was not until all of his older brothers were gone did Ted Kennedy emerge from his brothers' shadows. Like Jack and Bobby, he had a chance to being the Democrats' candidate for President, but his far too human nature at a place called Chappaquidick would deny him that as he cowardly dithered over creating a cover story while an innocent woman named Mary Jo drowned in Ted's car.
So Ted settled into his seat in the Senate where he became a fixture, some called him a lion. What he was was a master of pork and bluster. When he dared to lecture Clarence Thomas it cemented his reputation as a hypocrite.
And in his fading days, instead of being a selfless statesman Ted Kennedy tried to hang on to power. This time could have been used by Ted to promote a successor to his seat, instead it seemed Ted nestled deeper into that seat determined to weild power until the last. So now his state is left in mourning while the legislature has to deal with what to do with Ted's last power scheme - rewite the 2004 law he ramrodded to make a vacant Senate seat filled by state election that the now stricken Ted wanted changed back to what it was before the 2004 change.
Perhaps it is fitting that Ted Kennedy's last political act is one that will cause turmoil, controversy, and argument. It definately removes him from the shadows of his older and more accomplished brothers.