With the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy this week, media outlets will no doubt be spending the next several days reflecting on his legacy. But to fully understand who he was and the legacy he leaves behind it would be helpful to read essays by Carl Cannon and Mark Alexander.
He definitely achieved much through his long life but he also leaves a mixed legacy behind. It is not so much a person's achievements that define them. It is their character. That is how we should probably remember Senator Kennedy.