In order to prevent a filibuster in the Senate on a Medicare bill, Ted Kennedy came in to cast one vote while still quite ill from cancer treatment. A vote -- THE single vote -- that kept the bill from dying in a mean-spirited Republican filibuster.
So, what does it take to defeat the "compassionate conservatives" who care so much that they are trying to dismantle medicare for the insane reason that "it is for our own good?" It takes resolve, it takes energy, it takes everything... all the talk about St. Russert and St. Snow -- did either of them have half the real compassion of Ted Kennedy? Who was less concerned with himself and more concerned with the welfare of others in so much of his continuing service in the Senate.
I didn't think so.