I just got the sad news today that my favorite lefty blogger, Kel, from The Osterley Times died suddenly in late October. I counted him as a friend, though until today I never even knew his gender. It never seemed to matter.
He was a champion of truth. This is an important distinction. Much of politics today consists of evasion and spin. If you can’t even agree on the facts, and to meet the issues head on, then there is nothing to be gained by debate except partisan maneuvering. Kel answered all reasonable comments, and never backed down from a debate until it was done.
I feel much the same now as I did when Tim Russert died. Many times in recent months, I’ve wondered as to his thoughts on the day’s politics. The thought that he’s not here to have them removes much of the luster from tomorrows headlines.
Update: Thanks to Jason who alerted me to Kel’s true identity, Gerrard Kelly. Looking further into things it appears that he had a brain aneurysm and was found unconscious behind his door several days later by a friend. He later died in the hospital surrounded by family. His political views were no secret, but I imagine he kept his writing separate because it would not mix well with his career. A couple of articles on his life and death: