Edward M. Kennedy, 1932 - 2009
Just read that Senator Kennedy died last night. There's a 7 web-page obit in the NYT, and there will be plenty of well-earned tribute and commentary to come—with doubtless a few jars of vitriol flung from some quarters—so there's no need for me to say much. A few moments of silence and a virtual tip of the hat would be more like it. Although he lacked the blinding flash of his charismatic brothers, John and Robert, I think one could make an appropriately understated epitaph for Edward out of Kevin Costner's line in Field of Dreams: "The man's done enough."