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Democrats Give Tribute to Senator Kennedy in Denver

Political analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the dedication to Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and the state of the Democratic Party as Kennedy passes the torch to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    This is an event, Mark and David, that nobody thought it would happen. It just seemed implausible.

  • MARK SHIELDS, Syndicated Columnist:

    It's truly remarkable. And it's an emotional moment for (inaudible)

  • JIM LEHRER:

    There's the Bidens, Senator Biden, and also it is implausible in that he would be able to come, not only to come, but to make a speech that — this man still knows how to make a speech.

  • DAVID BROOKS, Columnist, New York Times:

    And to promise that he'd be there in January…

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Exactly.

  • DAVID BROOKS:

    … which was, you know, willing himself onward.

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    He ended it, Jim, with the same speech, the same phrases he used in 1980 in Madison Square Garden.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Is that right?

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    Instead of the dream — instead of the dream never dies, he said the dream lives on, the hope rises again. We begin anew. I mean, that was how he ended that…

  • DAVID BROOKS:

    To think that, when Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama at American University, after the defeat in New Hampshire, I believe that was a big moment for the Obama campaign. It really gave it a new spirit.

    I've also been told that very early in the process, when Obama was thinking about running, it was a conversation with Kennedy that gave him a little fortitude to go ahead into the race.

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