As it happens I just finished watching “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary” when word came regarding the death of Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy at age 77.
Like much of what happens on “Hardball,” the Chris Matthews-hosted doc is a once-over-lightly look at the issue, cramming the presidential aspirations of all three Kennedys — John, Bobby and finally Ted — into a not particularly enlightening hour.
MSNBC will preview the telecast on Aug. 26 — which will also still air as scheduled on Aug. 27 — in light of Kennedy’s death. But a far better bet is “Teddy: In His Own Words,” the recent HBO documentary, which sister Time Warner network CNN will air tonight, according to the mediabistro.com/tvnewser site.
The best thing you’ll probably see all day on Kennedy, though, is Vice President Joe Biden’s emotional tribute to his longtime Senate colleague, which the cable networks carried live this morning. Fighting back tears, Biden spoke eloquently and from the heart about his 36-year relationship with Kennedy.
Biden has often been reduced to a latenight punchline during the early days of the Obama administration — almost of necessity, since the president is a somewhat elusive comedic target — but he has always possessed a genuine quality in his TV appearances that sets him apart from many other politicians.
Biden’s remarks are below, and they’re more than worth the few minutes it takes to watch them.