- Boston Globe: "He made Massachusetts larger in the world of politics, and in its commitment to the highest aspirations of fairness, equal opportunity, and concern for the disadvantaged."The state already feels smaller without him.
- New York Times: Obama inherits Kennedy's dream. "'The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.' In his final speeches, he explicitly handed on this mantra to President Obama."
- Wall Street Journal: A man of conviction. "We think recent decades have shown the limitations of that philosophy of government, but there's no denying that Kennedy advanced his cause by dint of his passion and relentlessness."
- Washington Post: "Throughout his career he stood by some of the country's most neglected and abused people: minorities, immigrants, the poor and those lacking access to good health care, to name just some of them."
- Orrin Hatch, Politico: My friend, Ted Kennedy. "We did not agree on much, and more often than not, I was trying to derail whatever big government scheme he had just concocted."
- Alan Wolfe, Boston Globe: "We all know now that Teddy Kennedy died yesterday. It remains to be seen whether liberalism died with him."
- Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic: Kennedy was the last of his kind. "What Kennedy understood is that there was no contradiction between soaring, uncompromising goals and the inevitably messier work of fashioning imperfect legislative compromises."
- E.J. Dionne Jr, Washington Post: "He suffered profoundly, made large mistakes and was, to say the least, imperfect. But the suffering and the failures fed a humane humility that led him to reach out to others who fell, to empathize with those burdened by pain, to understand human folly and to appreciate the quest for redemption."
- Howie Carr, New York Post: Kennedy was blinded by a life of privilege. "More equal and more just for some people than for others. When it came to the white-ethnic working class from which his father came, Kennedy just plain didn't get it."
- Gerald Seib, Wall Street Journal: Where have all the dealmakers gone? "There was a time, not so long ago, when Washington seemed full of figures who knew how to fight, but also how to get a deal done at the end of the day."
- Derrick Z. Jackson, Boston Globe: Kennedy made rights real. "In law after law, he converted the heat from the torch of the 1960s into a warmer embrace by America of all its people."
- James Taranto, Wall Street Journal: The cost of doing 'justice.' "Kennedy's efforts to ensure a quick succession are emblematic of why liberals loved him and conservatives found him maddening."
THE END OF CAMELOT
- John Kass, Chicago Tribune: "Finally, mercifully, let's let Camelot go."
- George Will, Washington Post: The most important Kennedy of them all? "Kennedy served in the Senate for almost 47 years, more than a fifth of the life of the Constitution."
- Richard Cohen, Washington Post: The burden he carried. Life, "took him from being his father's youngest son to his very own man. He was born a Kennedy, but he died just one of us."
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