Death of a Kennedy: Deja Vu Issue?

The battle has already begun on which Massachusetts political leader will try to fill the biggest Senate shoes of them all.  After Senator Ted Kennedy died Tuesday night, Governor Deval Patrick may have been searching for that letter from Kennedy asking for a change in the state law so the Bay State would have two senator to debate health care reform.

This is but one angle of an interesting story.  For the other angle, you must go back to 1965.

Remember.. for those of us old enough to recall, President Johnson invoked the name of John F. Kennedy in reminding Congress there would be no more fitting tribute to JFK than to enact the nation's sweeping Civil Rights Act of 1965.  Watch for President Obama to deliver a similar rousing address to the House and Senate.. delivering a message that "in memory of Senator Edward Kennedy, we must pass the sweeping health care reforms he had hoped to see adopted by this governmental body in his lifetime."

President Obama is a student of history, and must know the story well, too.  So predict the future of the health care debate, and let me know whether there's change on the way, learned from a political trip back in time.   Ralph

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