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

    Washington (CNN) -- West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, the self-educated son of a coal miner who became the longest-serving member of Congress, died early Monday at age 92, the senator's office said.

    Byrd, a nine-term Democrat, was known as a master of the chamber's often-arcane rules and as the self-proclaimed "champion of the Constitution," a jealous guardian of congressional power.

    His speeches were laced with references to poetry and the Greek and Roman classics, often punctuated by the brandishing of his pocket copy of the national charter.

    He was also known as the "King of Pork," using top positions on the Senate Appropriations Committee to steer federal spending to his home state -- one of the nation's poorest.

    Byrd relished the title.

    "Pork, to the critic, is service to the people who enjoy some of the good things in life, and I've been happy to bring to West Virginia the projects to which they refer. I have no apology for it," he said.

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

    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.

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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.
    Wow, it only took one post before this got ugly.

    Barbbtx, if you took the time to read the article before your asinine post, you would have seen this bit:

    He opposed civil rights when he first ran for office, a stance he came to regret later in life. He blamed "that Southern atmosphere in which I grew up, with all of its prejudices and its feelings," for his opposition to equal rights, which included joining the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s.

    He called the move "the greatest mistake of my life," an "albatross" that would always shadow his career.
    RIP, Senator Byrd.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Pork ladened ku klucking bigot.....


    The country is better with him out of the senate.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    Wow, it only took one post before this got ugly.

    Barbbtx, if you took the time to read the article before your asinine post, you would have seen this bit:



    RIP, Senator Byrd.
    I stand by what I said. If he was an (R) his affiliation with the KKK would be the headline.
    RIP Robert

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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.
    Everything in WVa is named after him, so he'll be well remembered.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    Wow, it only took one post before this got ugly.

    Barbbtx, if you took the time to read the article before your asinine post, you would have seen this bit:



    RIP, Senator Byrd.
    Was being a Klucker the biggest mistake of his life... or, was it fillibustering the Civil Rights Act... or was it saying the "N" word on national tv... ???

    By the way, West Virginia is not a southern state.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Everything in WVa is named after him, so he'll be well remembered.
    That's for sure. I never really understood that. Why did they love him so much? was it the pork? WV is still a very poor state.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    That's for sure. I never really understood that. Why did they love him so much? was it the pork? WV is still a very poor state.


    Everything is named after him by his design, he got the funding for the stuff and made them name it after him.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    That's for sure. I never really understood that. Why did they love him so much? was it the pork? WV is still a very poor state.
    You think the people of WVa did the naming?

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