"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

Woke up this morning to the news that Ted Kennedy had died in the middle of the night. If there’s anything that should inspire the Democrats to grow a backbone and actually fight for health care reform, it should be the passing of the one man who spent his entire career fighting for it.

It’s also hard to believe that it was almost exactly a year ago that Sen. Kennedy delivered this moving address at the Democratic National Convention in Denver:

While it’s fortunate Kennedy made it to January to witness the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, it’s a shame that he did not live to see the sweeping change to the health care system that this country so desperately needs (which would have been the case had Kennedy not passed last night).

Maybe this will wake up and energize the left to take back control over the health care debate. Maybe the “moderates” will realize they’re “negotiating” with a group of people who have no desire to negotiate. Maybe they will finally understand they’ve compromised too much already. Maybe the Democrats will actually pass real health care reform.

Do it for Teddy.

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