Edward Kennedy brought an emotional moment to the Democratic National Convention last night. As Ezra Klein notes, he wants to be around for a last stand on health reform next year.
He’s been involved in every major debate around health reform over the past half-century (even ones that he is not publicly involved, such as the fight for SB2/Prop 72 in California). He believes that a President Obama will provide him a final opportunity to bring everything he has learned, all his legislative experience and background and relationships and institutional memory, to the cause of passing health reform.
A lot of our coalition work this year, such as working with Health Care for America Now!, is trying to ensure there is a Congressional commitment to major health reform next year, but it looks like there will be a home grown push as well. Good. We need both.