Robert Byrd

Monday, June 28th, 2010

So if I’m correctly reading the various tributes to Sen. Robert Byrd floating around the web this morning, I’m supposed to celebrate how the man atoned for his bigotry earlier in life by devoting the rest of his life to public service . . . where he used other people’s money to build monuments to himself.

That this could be considered a form of redemption says all you need to know about what the political class considers important.

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58 Responses to “Robert Byrd”

  1. #1 |  Michael Chaney | 

    I hear these things happen in threes, so we have Kennedy, Murtha, and Byrd. I’m praying that we can get beyond three for this run.

  2. #2 |  JS | 

    Mr.Mason, I apologize for every bad thing I ever said about Hitler. You know, him being dead and all.

  3. #3 |  Z | 

    #6- The ultimate achievement in modern American life is to obtain government cheese. I am presently holding down two government funded jobs with a third on the horizon and thus consider myself thoroughly assimilated.

    Z who hasn’t had an independent thought in years…….

  4. #4 |  cApitalist | 

    Good riddance. Byrd was a disgrace to West Virginia.

    Ira says:
    “Byrd was a perfect Sen for WV.
    Friggin hillbillies…”

    What a classy and insightful comment. God knows only rural states elect jackasses. Am I seriously the only Mountaineer who’s going to call him out on this garbage? The irony is staggering. The pinnacle of Byrd’s vast jackassery centered on his unjustly characterizing a group of people. Clearly, Ira possesses no such predilections…

  5. #5 |  StevefromOhio | 

    And a new generation of self-serving ego suckers will step into his place to spend my money for their continued prosperity. Nothing will change.

    The problem is not the politician. The problem is the American voting populace.

  6. #6 |  Justthisguy | 

    Hell, he didn’t even belong to the _real_ Klan, the one disbanded in 1869. (He wasn’t quite THAT old.) He belonged to the Indiana, or Yankee Klan.

  7. #7 |  gs | 

    Well written, Radley: a civil appraisal but an honest one.

  8. #8 |  markm | 

    “Waste93 | June 28th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I’d say that WV will name a monument after him. But is there anything left there that isn’t named for him already?”

    Surely there’s an outhouse somewhere.