Conservatives Already Politicizing Kennedy Death
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Aug 26, 2009 at 10:02:18 AM EDT
Via Ben Smith comes the disturbing news that conservatives are already trying to pounce on the death of Ted Kennedy in an apparent attempt to stifle efforts to memorialize the life of the longtime legislator -- particularly by honoring his legacy of working to expand healthcare coverage for five decades.
Over at Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds tips his hand, suggesting that the right will try to do to any Kennedy memorial what they did to the memorial of Paul Wellstone -- turning what was a celebration of the life of someone who cared deeply about policy and politics into a partisan wedge. (For more on how the right twisted the Wellstone memorial, read now-Senator Al Franken writing three and a half years ago.) Allah Pundit isn't too far behind Reynolds.
As Smith notes, "It would seem odd to bar politics from the funeral of an intensely political figure who took his causes so personally." And at least from this perspective, it would seem odd not to attempt to fulfill the life work of Ted Kennedy by renewing the effort to pass healthcare reform.