August 31, 2009


I'd planned, like Brendan, to be silent on the matter of Edward Kennedy's death, but two things fascinate me.

One is the seeming redemptive powers of a woman, a particular woman. I'm speaking of his second wife Victoria. It's a very, very rare thing for one spouse to change another, and Kennedy seemed the least likely candidate. He seemed to go from acting like Bill Clinton to an upstanding Harry Truman, at least in terms of his boozing & womanizing.

The other thing that interests me is his letter to the Pope, which Patrick Madrid blogged about here. Curious indeed. Humble and self-justifying at the same time (which is not to imply any of us are above that).

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