Adios Jack Kemp, vaya con Dios

“Former congressman and Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp died Saturday at age 73 after a battle with cancer, his family announced,” according to CNN.

Kemp went from being a football player to serving nine terms in Congress and then serving as Bob Dole’s Vice Presidential candidate in 1996.  He also mounted an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988, but he lost to George H. Bush in the GOP primary.

“Unlike many of the other conservatives of his era, Kemp actively courted African-American support. In 1992, he told CNN’s “Larry King Live” that the GOP “could be a Lincoln party in terms of attracting black and brown and men and women of color and low-income status and immigrant status who want a shot at the American dream for their children.”

Too bad most of the GOP didn’t listen to Mr. Kemp.  He will be missed.  But at least he won’t have to see his beloved party go the way of the Whigs.

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