After all these years, conservatives have a lot to learn from Ted Kennedy.

Notes from the political sidelines.
Aug. 27 2009 8:59 PM

Art of a Lion

After all these years, conservatives have a lot to learn from Ted Kennedy.

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The question now isn't who in the Senate can fill Kennedy's shoes but who will choose to follow in his footsteps. In the spirit of getting things done, Democrats would like to honor Sen. Kennedy's memory by passing health reform. It will be a shame if Republicans are in no rush to lend a hand. Ted Kennedy was as steadfast a champion of his beliefs as the Senate has ever seen, but he always understood what too many in Washington forget: Every cause is better served when principle takes a seat at the table, and no cause moves forward when its champions walk away.

In the end, it's not the roar that makes a lion. The sign of a courageous life is having so much to show for it.

Bruce Reed, who was President Clinton's domestic policy adviser, is CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council and co-author with Rahm Emanuel of The Plan: Big Ideas for Change in America.E-mail him at thehasbeen@gmail.com. Read his disclosure here.

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