The nation awoke this morning to the sad news that long-time Democratic Senator from the state of Massachusetts, Edward "Ted" Kennedy had passed away, succumbing to his battle with brain cancer.  Among other things, Kennedy was consistently the chief sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act in the Senate, although his illness this year resulted in the bill’s stewardship by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA). 

EFCA remains deeply flawed legislation, and as an issue on which so many have devoted so much time to counting votes in the Senate, the Senator’s passing certainly raises complex political questions regarding how and when his seat will be filled.  But those are issues best left for discussion another day.

Today is more appropriately a day for rememberance: