A Modest Proposal

News of Sen. Edward Kennedy’s brain tumor now a few days old and I’m left to wonder, if he really does have only six months to love (and hopefully that is not the case), what would be a proper send off for the last of the Kennedy brothers?

My hope is that Sen. Kennedy is invited to make the keynote speech at the Wednesday session of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Wednesday is usually the day when the roll call of votes is made and, presumably, when Sen. Barack Obama will be officially voted the nominee. Symbolically that would be an excellent day for Kennedy to tell his story and the stories of his brothers Robert, John, and Joe Jr.

As a strong Obama supporter, Kennedy would seem to be a natural for a high profile convention speech. From the Obama perspective the only possible downside to featuring Kennedy would be that he may command too much attention, though given Obama’s oratory skills one would think that wouldn’t be much of an issue.

A triumphant send off, a symbolic torch passing, and a reminder of Camelot – the networks and viewers would eat that up. As much as anything else that’s a persuasively strong argument for Kennedy getting the one of the prime slots at the convention. Perhaps, just this once, the pomp and circumstances of it all wouldn’t be a manufactured spectacle, but a real emotional drama. I know I’d tune in, and I suspect lots of others would as well.

Make it so Senator Obama, make it so…

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