On a spring day nearly two years ago, Senator Edward Kennedy sat on the porch of his sprawling Hyannis Port home with a friend of five
decades, Edmund Reggie, who is also his father-in-law. The two men gazed out at the ocean that has been such an anchor in Kennedy's life, and talked about the future.“ You’re nuts to beat yourself to death like this on the Senate floor,” Reggie said. “Passing a new law won't be any more glorious for you than the reputation you’ve made. Some people say you and Daniel Webster are the greatest senators of all time.” Kennedy looked at the older man and deadpanned: “What did Webster do?” It was a telling line, typical of the competitive Kennedys. But Reggie persisted.