Can you be a tough liberal who also knows how to work with the other side? Can you be unwavering in trying to lift the wages of the low-paid, bring health coverage to the uninsured, equalize educational opportunities and protect the environment -- and still compromise enough to get all these things done?
These words could be about the late Edward M. Kennedy. But they also describe Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., who announced his retirement this week. If the House has a Ted Kennedy, he's it.