Sadly the prognosis for Senator Edward Kennedy is not good. This likely spells the end to what might have been an incredible political dynasty. This family has been tragically doomed with the exception of Edward. He has been a constant and steady voice for the liberal faction of the Democratic Party. The loss of Joe, then Jack and then Bobby left Teddy the bearer of the family's, specifically Joseph Kennedy's, expected destiny. He has fulfilled his role admirably, while not being the charismatic personality of his older brothers.
Our Republican Democracy cannot function without the tension between opposing points of view. Senator Kennedy has reliably upheld the liberal side of the argument. It is sad to hear of the debilitation of one who has contributed so much to our history.