Somehow I’m on Nancy Pelosi’s e-mail list and just got sent this. I wonder if they’re being a bit opportunistic about Ted Kennedy’s death and a bit obtuse of how he’s perceived by the public at large:
I have great news! Ted Kennedy just died! The nostalgia from his death should be just what we need to help pass the health care bill!
The health care bill will ensure that… well, I’m not quite sure what’s in it right now. BUT IT NEEDS TO PASS! That’s why we will now name the bill in honor of Ted Kennedy. Everyone should support it then since they all loved and respected Ted Kennedy as a man of the people if the reaction here in San Francisco is any indication.
Ted Kennedy was a fierce advocate. That means he talked about stuff. Really hard. And a lot. And about liberal stuff. No one else could have done that. Well, I guess about anyone could have done it, but not while being John F. Kennedy’s brother. And that certainly excuses him of whatever silliness it is that right-wing extremists are accusing him of.
So let’s get this health care bill passed for the memory of Ted Kennedy, a great, magnanimous man who in his great and storied life only vomited and passed out on me once. He cared and fought for each and every one of you no matter what… unless he was drunk and scared and felt he needed the night to get himself together. But we all understand that.
Representative Nancy Pelosi