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What will Sen. Robert Byrd be most remembered for?

Robert C. Byrd, 92, a conservative West Virginia Democrat who became the longest-serving member of Congress in history and used his masterful knowledge of the institution to shape the federal budget, protect the procedural rules of the Senate and, above all else, tend to the interests of his state, died at 3 a.m. Monday at Inova Fairfax Hospital, his office said. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  June 28, 2010; 1:22 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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A dirty little man. Byrd funneled billions to West Virginia, but West Virginia remains dirt poor. That's because (A) most of that money went to Byrd's friends and family and (B) you don't create wealth or stimulate an economy with welfare-state government spending.

Someone should tell Obama -- he's trying to do this to the nation.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | June 28, 2010 3:51 PM

You pose a multiple choice question like so:

How will you remember him?

a) a power abuser
b) a pork barrel spender
c) a washed up old fogey
d) a KKK member
...

How shameful.

How I'll remember him is as a staunch advocate for the people of West Virginia, a towering intellect who knew and revered the Senate like no other and shamelessly asserted its prerogatives, a man who read Greek and Roman literature and memorized long passages of poetry, an old-time fiddle player of some reknown, and yes, a KKK member in the 1940s who regretted the entire episode and transformed himself.

None of this is left for us to choose from, you pathetic shameless author of this tripe.

So go ahead and wallow in your tainted results like a pig in slop. Broadcast it far and wide, to the delight of the whack jobs on the right.

Some of us know better.

Posted by: trippin | June 29, 2010 8:20 AM

I will remember Senator Byrd as a senator who revered the institution in which he served, and the Constitution that governed its actions--but you didn't list anything remotely resembling that as an option. His speech against the Iraq war was masterful.

Posted by: Lamentations | June 29, 2010 9:47 AM

I will remember him as another example of someone who gets elected to the senate to "serve" and then never leaves. He is the greatest example of the need for term limits that I can think of - aside from Teddy the submarine commander Kennedy.

Posted by: mordrud | June 29, 2010 10:29 AM

Byrd was a Democrat AND a former member of the KKK? I bet that was all W's fault too, even though Bush wasn't even born yet....

Posted by: WildBill1 | June 29, 2010 12:38 PM

It's admirable that he discarded the beliefs that led him to join the KKK and that he ultimately became a supporter of President Obama. That's quite a transformation. It proves that people can change if they want to. For all that, I think he stayed in the senate for far too long. He was, more than anything else, a pork barrell politician who helped subsidize his state's economy with federal money tax money from other states. I suppose that was good for West Virginia, but of little benefit to the rest of the country. He's being hailed mainly because he served for so long, not because he was a great senator.

Posted by: QStorm | June 29, 2010 4:11 PM

All these people complaining about Byrd redirecting pork to his home state ignore the fact that for decades, WV did not get its fair share. When Byrd finally set out to change that, other states saw their slop troughs drying up and snorted their disapproval. Boo hoo. Byrd was a master at his game and a man of honor despite the seventy-year-old indiscetion of joining the KKK. His subsequent actions more than compensated for that.

Posted by: wmorgan3 | June 29, 2010 5:07 PM

"I suppose that was good(Federal tax money) for West Virginia, but of little benefit to the rest of the country."....

West Virginia remains one of the nation's poorest states primarily due to it's 150 year dependency on what today is referred to as "clean" coal, an industry that even has one of the scions of a family that has had a deep financial interest in energy production in the state serving as its surviving Senator. Historically, the under-taxed coal and gas resources have left the state leaving poverty, environmental destruction and violence in coal country as its legacy. In the last half of the 20th century the states brightest and most energetic citizens became its biggest export, leaving to work, until recently replaced by the arrival of the illegals, in the creation of the modern infrastructure that can now be found in all the major cities of both the east coast and Midwest. That Byrd was able to return a portion of the contributions--tax money in the form of pork--of the labor of these 10s of thousands of West Virginia ex-pats to the state was an act, I and many other state emigrants salute him for.

Posted by: slim2 | June 29, 2010 5:17 PM


There have only been two black Supreme Court justices in American history: Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas.

Robert Byrd the Klansman voted against both of them.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 29, 2010 6:34 PM

Senator Byrd is responsible for bringing West Virginia INTO the United States as something other than a completely isolated, decimated patch of land in which the people had almost NO chance of improving their lives.
Pork, indeed. The money he brought home saved countless lives, countless families, countless jobs; not just for the generations he served through 50 years but for all those to come.
Robert C. Byrd was a great American

Posted by: cms1 | June 29, 2010 7:27 PM

Praise or criticize his ideas, but write from the real world. "you don't create wealth or stimulate an economy with welfare-state government spending" ..."someone should tell Obama."

First of all, that is a load of manure. You don't stimulate the economy by being totally beholden to corporate America (someone should have told Reagan and W. Bush), slashing their taxes and deregulating them.

Posted by: revbookburn | June 29, 2010 7:36 PM

Sen. Byrd's volume of knowledge will never be replicated by a single person. His mastery of the operation procedures of the Senate, his understanding of the rules of Parlimentary Procedure and his respect for the constitution are admired by way too few citizens.

Posted by: meandhim | June 29, 2010 8:28 PM

"

Byrd was a Democrat AND a former member of the KKK? I bet that was all W's fault too, even though Bush wasn't even born yet....

Posted by: WildBill1"

In those days, most or all members of the KKK were Democrats. That's why A.P.Carter's dying words were "Don't vote Democrat."

Then Nixon bought out the "Dixiecrats" with the "Southern Strategy," to counter the Civil Rights Acts.

Now all members of the KKK are Republicans.

And vice versa.

Got it?

Posted by: thrh | June 29, 2010 10:16 PM

"It's admirable that he discarded the beliefs that led him to join the KKK and that he ultimately became a supporter of President Obama. That's quite a transformation. It proves that people can change if they want to."

But Republicans and teabaggers don't want to. They like the 1950s.

Posted by: thrh | June 29, 2010 10:19 PM

UM Byrd was a Democrat and he was the only recent Senator that was a KKK member. Which Republicans do you speak of THRH? Hmm did not Bill Clinton say that Obama should be serving him coffee instead of being President? Watch how offensive Hillary gets come reelection time. ROTflmao and Republicans are the KKK. Then again do you support The New Black Panther Parties intimidation of voters in Philadelphia in 2008 as something decent, and the subsequent ignorance of Eric Holder to ignore the incident and subsequent case. Looks like the 1950's all over again except that certain elitist racist blacks are turning back the clock.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 5, 2010 9:07 PM

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