So Long, John Dingell

Norm Ornstein bids a thoughtful farewell to the legendary John Dingell, who just announced his retirement after 58 years in Congress:

Some may view Dingell’s longevity as a good reason for term limits. I view it as the opposite. Dingell has had a hand—a hugely constructive hand—in nearly every major advance in social policy over the past five-plus decades, including civil and voting rights, health, and the environment. He has always had strong views—not always in sync with mine, I should add—but he brought intellectual depth and honesty to the table and found ways to build bonds of trust and affection with his Republican adversaries and counterparts that helped make many of the policy advances work better because they had bipartisan leadership support.