Even those fiercely opposed to his positions (or, unfortunately at times, his personal conduct) must regard this as a significant loss to politics and to humanity in general.
It seems to me that, whatever the total of their actual achievements, the Kennedy legacy will always be one of “What Might Have Been”.
If Jack had lived and served two terms…
If Bobby had become president in 1968 – and, perhaps 1972…
If Ted had successfully challenged Jimmy Carter in 1980…
…The ripples and repercussions of THAT ONE ALONE would still resonate three decades hence!
How different would it ALL have been?
Some would have loved it. Some would have despised it. At TIAH Blog, we make a point of not getting into such things – and any and all politically motivated comments to this post (on either side) are not welcome, per our ground rules of “pleasantness”.
In other words, if you comment, keep it civil and general.
But once again, all I WILL SAY (and leave it at that) is that things would have been very different for the USA and the world if a few of those “Might Have Been’s” had actually been.