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bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 01:17 PM
NYT article here (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/us/politics/29byrd.html?pagewanted=all). It begins:

Robert C. Byrd, who used his record tenure as a United States senator to fight for the primacy of the legislative branch of government and to build a modern West Virginia with vast amounts of federal money, died early Monday. He was 92.

His office said he about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va. Senator Byrd had been admitted to the hospital late last week with symptoms of heat exhaustion and severe dehydration as temperatures in the Washington area approached 100 degrees. Though he was initially expected to be released after a few days, his condition deteriorated. He had been in failing health for several years.

Mr. Byrdís death comes as Senate Democrats are working to pass the final version of the financial overhaul bill and win other procedural battles in the week before the Independence Day recess. In the polarized atmosphere of Washington, President Obamaís agenda seemed to hinge on Mr. Byrdís health. Earlier this year, in the final days of the health care debate, the ailing senator was pushed onto the Senate floor in his plaid wheelchair so he could cast his votes.

Governor Joe Manchin III, a Democrat, will appoint an interim successor to Mr. Byrd.

The rest (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/us/politics/29byrd.html?pagewanted=all).

bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 03:44 PM
Nate Silver (http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/sen-robert-byrd-dead-at-92.html) has an interesting post about about a possible snafu ahead for the interim successor.

(h/t: Adam Serwer (http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/adam_serwer_archive?month=06&year=2010&base_name=on_byrd), whose post is worth reading, too, for different reasons.)

bjkeefe
06-28-2010, 06:07 PM
Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_06_27_archive.html#3652284101062112973):

A LITTLE RESPECT. Senator Byrd has died (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/29/us/politics/29byrd.html?hp=&pagewanted=all), and the usual assholes (http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/101961/) remind us that he used to be a Klansman, but neglect to mention that he changed his mind about it and apologized, representing a progress exactly the opposite of that made by the Republican Party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_strategy), which is really why they hated at him. (UPDATE: Also this (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/the_morning_plum_39.html). The man had balls.)

Among Byrd's last acts was to hold the feet of the coal industry (http://byrd.senate.gov/mediacenter/view_article.cfm?ID=681) to the fire in the wake of disaster, rather than apologizing to that industry for such actions (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/06/at_gay_pride_ri.php), which is the Republican way to do things.

Though there are drawbacks to the reflexive grubbing for bacon that was the hallmark of Byrd's generation of politicians, he at least brought some home to his constituents, rather than transferring it all directly to corporations. Some old ways were indeed the best ways.

UPDATE. You're going to see a lot of this sort of thing (http://www.cassyfiano.com/2010/06/breaking-senator-robert-byrd-dead-at-92-conservative-blogosphere-reacts) today: "Meanwhile, letís try to refrain from trashing Senator Byrd too much and stay respectful. This isnít the Democratic Underground, after all. Weíre above that. I will, however... [torrent of abuse]." Mourning (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2009/08/rightbloggers_o_8.php) doesn't become them (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/02/rightbloggers_o_9.php).

nikkibong
06-28-2010, 07:18 PM
Roy Edroso (http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2010_06_27_archive.html#3652284101062112973):

why doesn't edroso include 'sterical sullivan in his "usual assholes" link?

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/06/andrew_sullivan_mourns_robert.html

Well, let me simply say that the racist, populist, larcenous bigot of a Senator - a man who robbed the American tax-payer to pave his state with baubles and bribes - is not going to be much mourned in these parts.

Subtextual Sullivan: How dare Robert Byrd bring home money to his impoverished state? And how dare he have been wrong fifty years ago? Never mind that I was wrong a few years ago (and yesterday), and apologized -- like Byrd. But my apologies were sincere, because I'm like Oakeshott!!!1! And Burke!!!1! But Byrd's (still) a racist!!

AemJeff
06-28-2010, 07:31 PM
why doesn't edroso include 'sterical sullivan in his "usual assholes" link?

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/06/andrew_sullivan_mourns_robert.html

Well, let me simply say that the racist, populist, larcenous bigot of a Senator - a man who robbed the American tax-payer to pave his state with baubles and bribes - is not going to be much mourned in these parts.

Subtextual Sullivan: How dare Robert Byrd bring home money to his impoverished state? And how dare he have been wrong fifty years ago? Never mind that I was wrong a few years ago (and yesterday), and apologized -- like Byrd. But my apologies were sincere, because I'm like Oakeshott!!!1! And Burke!!!1! But Byrd's (still) a racist!!

I'm sympathetic, but I think you're overdoing it. There's certainly a legitimate argument that Byrd's way of doing business has helped to corrupt the legislative process into the particular way it's currently corrupt. His history in the Klan is also open for criticism, though Sullivan definitely didn't distinguish himself in the way he used that fact.

bjkeefe
06-29-2010, 08:14 AM
why doesn't edroso include 'sterical sullivan in his "usual assholes" link?

If you'd follow the link, you'd see it just points to a single other post -- Instapundit's. Perhaps you should ask the Ole Perfesser why he chose who he chose to link to.

The rest of your post has already (http://bloggingheads.tv/forum/showthread.php?p=167363#post167363) been answered in the other place you made this complaint.

bjkeefe
06-29-2010, 01:24 PM
Nate Silver (http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/06/sen-robert-byrd-dead-at-92.html) has an interesting post about about a possible snafu ahead for the interim successor.

Looks like this has been settled, and there will be an interim Senator appointed by WV's governor (a Democrat), who will hold office until the election in 2012.

[Wonkette (http://wonkette.com/416344/democrats-look-to-w-va-to-shore-up-precarious-58-41-majority) -> WaPo (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/28/AR2010062805120.html)]

On a somewhat related note, WTF is up with Russ Feingold? Is he mad, again, about legislation not going far enough or something?