THE RIGHT REACTS…. It’s hard to know what to expect in the way of conservative reactions to Sen. Edward Kennedy’s death. The Senate’s Lion was something of a boogeyman, but it’s safe to assume higher-profile voices on the right would show restraint, at least this morning.

Michelle Malkin, for example, wrote, “There is a time and place for political analysis and criticism. Not now.” That seems fair and respectful. She warned, however, about “crass calls to pass the health care takeover to memorialize his death.”

Now, I’d argue there’s nothing “crass” about honoring the cause of Kennedy’s life by passing the bill he helped create, but opinions may vary.

I was more intrigued, however, by this item on National Review‘s “The Corner,” from John J. Pitney Jr. (thanks to reader M.J. for the heads-up)

Ted Kennedy did not go gentle into that good night. He fought for his beliefs as long as he could, and he struggled to stay alive when others might have given up. He and the other Kennedys loved one another and looked out for one another. There was no cost-benefit analysis in their family life, no sense that age, illness, injury, or disability would diminish their value. [emphasis added]

At 7:53 a.m., Kennedy’s death elicited a vague reference to death-panel talking points? Seriously?

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.