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June 28, 2010

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CJW

For any career politician, what he just did was the ultimate sacrifice.

CJW


Sen. Robert Byrd not only was a KKK member but led his local Klan chapter

Mark

He was a racist until he died. He had "regrets" and admitted "mistakes". But he stands (lays?) in sharp contrast to George Wallace who changed and then actually apologized to those he hurt.

Let's see what, if anything, Obama says about him.

jj mollo

Harry is different from Robert, although the confusion is understandable.

Here's a little piece from the WSJ:

By JAMES TARANTO

Nearly 64 years after his first election to public office in 1946, Sen. Robert Byrd is dead. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, was "a legend who many in the state and elsewhere consider one of a kind," according to the Washington Post. His career is reminiscent in many ways of that of another "legend," longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who "retired" earlier this month.

Like Thomas, Byrd was a "legend" chiefly for his longevity--not just biological but professional. Byrd's 51-plus years in the Senate were even longer than Thomas's 49-plus in the White House press room. Former senator Harry Byrd Jr. of Virginia (no relation), who is still alive, is nearly three years older than Robert Byrd was, but Harry Byrd retired in 1983 at the tender age of 68. Robert Byrd continuously held political office for almost 6½ decades: elected to the state House of Delegates in 1946 the state Senate in 1950, the U.S. House in 1952, and the U.S. Senate in 1958.

The longest-serving U.S. senator in history, he was more than halfway through his ninth term. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, an 85-year-old Democrat who has been in Congress since statehood and in the Senate since 1963, is now the most senior member of the upper chamber and is in line to succeed Byrd as the Senate's president pro tempore (which will put him three heartbeats away from the presidency).

CJW

Clinton on Byrd’s KKK membership: Hey, he was just trying to get elected

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