Kennedy\'s home state
The Hiller Instinct: Kennedy's home state
For decades, whether or not you agreed with what Ted Kennedy and his family stood for, we all stood taller in America's eyes because their home state was ours.
That alone created a reflected glory for us... a political identity that increased our importance beyond what it should have been, given the size of our state.
"The people of Massachusetts waited too long..." Kennedy once said fighting for a bill.
With Ted Kennedy in the Senate, Massachusetts always had a voice that would be heard in every major debate. No major problem would be solved without his participation. No more. Someone will take his seat in the Senate, but no one will replace him.
When I came to Massachusetts 30 years ago, people said, "Oh, you're going to cover the Kennedy's." Even though, even then, that meant Ted Kennedy. What they were really saying was: you're going to cover real politics that matter, not just talk. And they were right.
When I watched the Kennedy family on the lawn in Hyannis Port yesterday, my mind blurred and there was the image of JFK landing on the same lawn, greeting a crowd of children who grew into yesterday's adults. But time passes and times change. And the home in Hyannis Port that has been an American political postcard for half a century is now just a house. Just as all of us right now are less special.
Andy Hiller, 7News.
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