As I wrote a few days ago. It was only a matter of time until the Republicans politicize the death of Senator Kennedy. They are nothing if not predictable. As Ian has noted ad nauseum: they know how to be an opposition party.
First from the Times of London:
Democrats were accused of exploiting the death of Senator Edward Kennedy yesterday after immediately trying to use his name to revive President Obama’s flagging attempt to overhaul the US healthcare system.
Ed Feulner, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, chastised Democrats for invoking Mr Kennedy in their push for healthcare reform.
He said: ”œIt is wrong and tactless to use Senator Kennedy’s death, or anyone’s, simply to advance a particular policy agenda. This is a time for genuine tribute, not crass politics.”
More after the jump.
And then there is this nauseating story in Politico:
Key conservative voices have begun to charge in the day after Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death that Democrats are inappropriately politicizing the senator’s death, his memorial and his legacy.
Kennedy was that ultimate political creature, a ”œlion of the Senate,” and the last son of the archetypal American political family ”” his passing is inevitably political. In his final days, he focused on a narrow political goal, pleading with state leaders to change state law to posthumously fill his Senate seat with an interim appointee who would be a vote in favor of the health care legislation he championed.
So his allies on the left have made no secret of their hopes that his legacy will serve to bolster the uncertain health reform plan, with Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) even suggesting the bill be named for Kennedy.
And that has some influential conservative voices sounding the alarm and calling foul.
More like, crying foul. All they seem able to do these days is cry. Cry-babies, the lot of ‘em.