Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Outlook Poor for Kennedy

As everyone knows by now Sen. Edward Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant glioma. Here’s the National Cancer Institute’s explanation of the tumor:

“Malignant gliomas are the most common primary brain tumor, accounting for more than half of the more than 18,000 primary malignant brain tumors diagnosed each year in the United States. The outlook for patients with malignant gliomas is poor. Median survival for patients with moderately severe (grade III) malignant gliomas is three to five years. For patients with the most severe, aggressive form of malignant glioma (grade IV glioma or glioblastoma multiforme), median survival is less than a year.”

Whatever one’s feelings about his politics, sad news that the last great Kennedy Lion may not be long for this world.

As a side note, in rather classless fashion, Kate takes the opportunity to scold the “old buffoon” over the Chappaquiddick incident and cites another callous ideologue who wagers on the most likely “gag-inducing nonsense” she guesses will be uttered by liberal cable news pundits. Uncouth, but sadly, not unexpected.

Update: Sen. Robert Byrd breaks down while paying tribute to his old friend.