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Mary Jo Kopechne
Ted Kennedy's milestones and missteps
Ted Kennedy's milestones and missteps

For once, the extravagant elegies for a departed public figure are appropriate. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in President Obama's words, was "the greatest United States senator of our time," at least for those who shared his passion for an activist federal government attuned to the needs of the poor and the marginalized. Speculation about whether Kennedy might have pursued his passion for equality from the White House once occupied by his brother is inevitable, as is meditation on the multiple mis- fortunes of the Kennedy clan. Neither reaction to Kennedy's death should obscure his achievement as a master legislator who combined principle and pragmatism in causes greater than...

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