While we’re doing this reckoning. . .

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. . . let's really get down to it. Heading to theaters soon:

Remember, Ted Kennedy was the America's conscience. Consider this bit of wisdom from Neal Gabler:

What we loved and admired in him, what we hope for ourselves and our country, is his sense of moral largeness, his unbounded capacity to care, not because he was a saint but because he wasn't. By challenging us as he challenged himself, and reminding us where we fall short, Kennedy shames us, a gift that, one suspects, will linger in the national soul.

A guy who left a woman to drown in an Oldsmobile shames us. I suppose that's right, but not in the way Gabler thinks it does.