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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    There are reasonable and unresonable people on BOTH sides of the political aisle. And as you well know, I have no problem making common cause with reasonable people on the left in cases when I think the extreme right is being unreasonable.



    There was a LOT of bitching about it. After a while, I think most on the left realized that this was a dog that wouldn't hunt, and laid off it. It DOES still come up from time to time from extremists on the left side of the political aisle...
    Agreed. Extreme thinking--whether right or left--is nuts.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    Agreed. Extreme thinking--whether right or left--is nuts.
    So you're saying you're extremely opposed to extremism?

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    Agreed. Extreme thinking--whether right or left--is nuts.
    but not when it comes to being anti-smoking...
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    So basically, is it your philosophy is once one makes a big enough mistake, they should not be permitted to run for office? That it does not mater that they have reformed and see the error of their ways?

    BTW, thank you for at least acknowledging and accepting that indeed he DID regret his error.
    First, I said I believe he did, but one never really knows the goings-on between someone's ears.

    As for my "philosophy"... I won't give an absolute "Yes", but close. I believe Byrd's transgressions were so gross as to prohibit his running, and especially being the head of the party in the Senate.

    Of course, the electorate should have the say, and sadly they kept voting Byrd in. Having said that, I don't think it would be tolerated of an up-and-comer today.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    If Byrd was a Republican all headlines would read something like "Former KKK member, Robert Byrd (R) dead at 92."
    Oh well, my condolences to his family.
    O for sure but because he was a Dem. they try to surger coat it and cover it up.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    If Byrd was a Republican, I'd be ashamed. Strom never did or said things as repugnant as Byrd did. There really is no comparison.
    Strom was just as bad, in my opinion worse because so much of it happened while he was in office. I'm still waiting for anyone to show proof he apologized for his views like Byrd did
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Of course, the electorate should have the say, and sadly they kept voting Byrd in. Having said that, I don't think it would be tolerated of an up-and-comer today.

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    The electorate of West Virginia kept electing him because he brought them more bacon than I have in my freezer...
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    The electorate of West Virginia kept electing him because he brought them more bacon than I have in my freezer...
    No doubt.

    Another reason for term limits.
    As the saying goes... get a life already!

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    No doubt.

    Another reason for term limits.
    As the saying goes... get a life already!

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    If term limits are good for the chief executive of the United States, why not its legislators?
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