The King is dead: long live the King. Perhaps this is the best way to describe the passing of the political torch from Kennedy to Kennedy - John to Robert to Edward. But now there seems to be no King to hail, no torch to pass. The Kennedys are the American Royal Family. They have given the American people its version of Camelot. And, it is no more. With the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy, America's royalty is gone. Yes there are still Kennedys among us and some even treading where greater footsteps have gone, but there will never be another Jack, Bobby or Teddy. There will never be another Camelot the likes of Jackie's. Even our best future hope, John-John, is no longer with us. As the headlines announce the passing of an American icon and the people mourn the loss of a legend, Senator Kennedy's own words resonate, "We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."
Good-night, sweet prince; and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest...
remarks courtesy of Harvard Gazette Online, 12/01/08 - Senator Edward M. Kennedy on receiving an honorary degree
quote courtesy of Shakespeare's play Hamlet
photo courtesy of Steven Crowley/The New York Times