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Mourning Process and Succession Debate Move Forward

By Ben Pershing
The mourning of Edward Kennedy continues today, as official remembrances mix with behind-the-scenes negotiations over his Senate seat and talk of moving forward.

The Boston Globe paints a picture of Thursday's procession: "Union carpenters holding hard hats, immigrants from across the globe, students with backpacks, office workers in suits, and retirees who stuffed envelopes for his first campaign four decades ago all came out for a miles-long salute that seemed to capture in its multitudes the breadth of Kennedy's connection to his home state." The New York Times says "the late-summer day was cool and almost impossibly bright, while the Associated Press reports that "many of the people who took time out to pay their respects to ... Kennedy say they did so because he had made time for them at some point during his 47 years in office."

Today, Kennedy will lie in repose at the John F. Kennedy Library until 3 p.m. A "Celebration of Life" takes place at the same venue at 7 p.m., with a speaking roster that includes Kennedy friends and family as well as Chris Dodd, John Kerry, John McCain, Orrin Hatch and Vice President Biden. A new stop has been added to Saturday's itinerary -- between the morning Mass in Boston and the evening burial service at Arlington National Cemetary, Kennedy's motorcade will proceed by the Senate steps, where congressional aides can pay their respects.

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By Ben Pershing  |  August 28, 2009; 11:38 AM ET
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The question of a successor is interesting. But it overlooks the fact that Ted Kennedy himself picked Barack Obama.

One suspects that for the Obama family it will be both a blessing and a curse.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | August 29, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Without doubt, a true "lion" of the Senate has made his transistion. His passion and enthusiasm to help those of us on the Main and Side streets of America, was geninune and appreciated. And forthat, among other things, I say thank you to Edward Moore Kennedy.

There is no 'success" without a successor. So many, including young students accross the country will in time emerge as successors to his legacy. Yes, the dream lives on! And on health care reform-- irrepective of how long the battle, Kennedy in death, will win.

Posted by: Victoria5 | August 28, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how much influence Obama has in both the attempt to change state rules and, if that is successful, Patrick's appointment. The guv is a personal friends of the Obamas...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | August 28, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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