With the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy this week, things have changed is several ways, some good, some not so good. The Democrats are at a crossroads, not Republicans.
Democrats are already lining up to try to use his death as a way of pushing the health care bill through congress, they want to name it for him. That's fine, but trying to say it was his life long pursuit and he should have it even in death will only serve to show the American public how desperate they are to pass the bill.
It's not just on the federal level. The state of Massachusetts is already considering changing the law so the governor can appoint a replacement. Now, as if this was not bad enough, Kennedy himself requested the law be changed from a governors appointment in fear that then Republican governor, Mitt Romeny would appoint a Republican to fill the seat of Senator John Kerry who they believed was going to be president. Right before his death, Kennedy was asking the governor, Deval Patrick, a Democrat to get the state legislator to change the law and reverse what he had requested in 2004. If the Democrats in Massachusetts do this they will draw the anger of people nationwide for what is rightly seen a manipulating the election of a new senator.
If Democrats on the federal level try to ram the health care bill through using the "Kennedy" sympathy trick, they could very well suffer the same fate. they should remember the funeral turned political rally for Senator Paul Wellstone when he died a few years ago. I'm not saying anything about Kennedy, simply because the man just died, out of respect for him and his family. I don't share his views on anything, but that is for another day. Democrats need to show some class for a change and not try to manipulate elections or use his death as a sympathy trick. If they do they only show Americans how sad the really are and how desperate they are to get their agenda through no matter what.