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Dennis Perrin

After EMK lost to the rightward-drifting Carter, I worked for Anderson, as did several Kennedy supporters I knew. Carter was awful and deserved to lose. Unfortunately it was to Reagan.

I remember Jerry Brown's brief candidacy that year. Francis Ford Coppola tried some multi-media happening for Brown (I believe in Wisconsin), and it failed miserably. Fitting.

Nice post, Lance. There are a handful of Dems I can honestly, if critically, celebrate. EMK was one.

Davis X. Machina

If you think they're mourning in Southie, you don't get to Southie much, or stick to that part of it east of L Street.

Rana

Right now across the western side of the bandwidth, we're mourning the death of one of the nation's last great Progressives. But Back in Boston, in Southie, Charlestown, Eastie, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain, Revere, Everett, Lawrence, Lowell, and, oh yeah, Cambridge, they're grieving for the loss of their very own.

Yes. Speaking as someone from the other side of both the generational divide and the geographical divide, I've been bemused by the coverage and various peoples' reactions to the news. I get, in my head, why his death is such a big deal, and I can respect the feelings of those who are emotionally caught up in the moment, but my heart is indifferent. It's just that... well... he's never really been a person to me, but rather an Iconic Figure of Importance, and I don't - for whatever reason - tend to react emotionally to those most of the time. It'd be nice if I could just blame it on being on the wrong side of the divide.

Victoria

Anyone interested in knowing that Ted Kennedy was, in fact, a person can read the many personal recollections of the man at the National Journal Online.

Lance

Davis, Well, I haven't spent any time there in a long while. My four years in Boston came not that long after the busing crisis and there was still a lot of resentment, but it probably depended on what bar, what parish, what local. And knowing Boston, I'm sure old grudges are still being nursed. But we'll see what they do in Southie when the funeral procession passes through.

actor212

I'm betting even Southies can respect the man's longevity and what he's done for Massachussetts (arguably the hardest state in the union to spell) and will miss him.

Even Southies.

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