Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy--the "Lion of the Senate"--passed away on Tuesday.
Being that I am both a native of Massachusetts and a big fan of the rare politicians who actually care about the people they represent, this bums me out to no end (not to mention that I'm probably going to have to put my dad--who is essentially a Republican--on suicide watch: that's the kind of effect that Ted Kennedy had on people...especially Boston-area Irish Catholics who are dead ringers for him).
The 'cons' of Teddy's death are plentiful and obvious. The top three:
(1) He's dead.
(2) It further jeopardizes the chances for President Obama's proposed health care reform bill to pass while maintaining any element of actual "reform".
(3) The ignorant, Bush-loving, hate-filled racist troglodytes of Fox News and their ilk are all but certain to raise the issue of Chappaquiddick in discussing Kennedy's death, thus emboldening the dumbfuck right-wing "Christian" conservatives--both in their general viewing audience and on Capitol Hill--in their anti-humanity opposition to the aforementioned health care reform bill.
However...there is one 'pro' to be found in this tragic loss:
Edward Kennedy--unlike his brothers--wasn't murdered by an anti-humanity nutjob.
Suck it, antihumans! You missed one!
All hail Ted Kennedy!