THE CAUSE OF KENNEDY’S LIFE…. A source on the Hill emails this morning to let me know about this video, put together a few days ago, about Ted Kennedy and his decades of work to get a health care reform bill signed into law. Occasionally, some of the web videos put together by congressional offices are a little weak and have poor production values, but this one is one of the best I’ve seen.

It’s ironic, I suppose, that Ted Kennedy’s constituents — the very families and communities that supported Kennedy’s cause for so long — would put his life’s work in jeopardy so soon after his passing. Nevertheless, I think the video is worth watching, especially if you’re a member of Congress ready to walk away from this once-in-a-generation opportunity.

No matter what happens in Massachusetts today, the need for the legislation is stronger now than it’s ever been — and policymakers have been talking about the problem for 98 years. Ted Kennedy understood that; here’s hoping his former colleagues haven’t forgotten.

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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.