"This special election came about because we lost someone very dear to Massachusetts, and to America. Senator Ted Kennedy was a tireless and big-hearted public servant, and for most of my lifetime was a force like no other in this state. His name will always command the affection and respect by the people of Massachusetts, and the same goes for his wife Vicki. There's no replacing a man like that, but tonight I honor his memory, and I pledge my very best to be a worthy successor."brown's first phone call was to vicki kennedy, the late ted kennedy's widow, to tell her americans would always hold his memory deep in their hearts.
after all the mistakes and missteps of the democrats and the coakley campaign, and after a day of disgusting finger pointing that began long before the final votes had been cast, a refreshing bit of clarity and civility.
and from a republican, no less.