Remember how Rahm Emanuel said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”?

Here’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just hours after Sen. Edward Kennedy expired of brain cancer:

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Wednesday to push through embattled health reform legislation this year following the death of Senator Ted Kennedy, who called the effort “the cause of my life”.

“Ted Kennedy?s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration,” Pelosi said in a statement.

I hate to indulge in a watery literary reference with respect to the late senator, especially a Massachusetts watery literary reference (De mortuis nil nisi bonum and all that), but Nantucket isn’t that far from Hyannis Port–nor from Chappaquiddick.