Rep. Lewis was 80 (extra innings!), and had fought cancer for at least the past 6 months.
Eulogies abound, he touched so many lives for so long. As we used to say in Scouting, always leave the camp better than you found it. Lewis always improved things. He will be missed for so many reasons.
We are made in the image of God, and then there is John Lewis. — Joe Biden
I love this particular glimpse of Rep. Lewis and it’s the way I will remember him. One of a kind, and full of life and love.
“My philosophy is very simple: When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to stand up and just say something. You have to do something. I got into good trouble, necessary trouble. Even today, I tell people, ‘We need to get in good trouble.’”
— Rep. John Lewis, quoted by CNBC.
UPDATE 1: No More Mister Nice Blog did something I did not consider. He looked for and found reaction from the Red Hats to Rep. Lewis’ death. It’s not pretty. It’s also not exploitive. Steve M. makes a very clear point: “No, there will not a magical moment of national healing if Donald Trump is defeated in November.” We really are two different countries.
It’s as notable as it is predictable: so far no comment from our so-called president. Politico morning email thingie:
EBONY BOWDEN of the N.Y. Post is today’s pooler, and she said the president arrived at his golf club in Virginia at 9:04 a.m.
[We’re sticking this on top, flags at half-mast today. Fresher posts, if any, will be below. — The Management]