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Dodd praise for Byrd hit by GOP
Washington Times ^ | 4/08/04 | Ralph Z. Hallow

Posted on 04/07/2004 10:40:56 PM PDT by kattracks

Edited on 07/12/2004 4:14:27 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The top Senate Democrat yesterday defended a colleague's assertion that Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Klansman, would have been a great leader during the Civil War.

Sen. Tom Daschle said there was "no parallel" between Sen. Christopher J. Dodd's praise of Mr. Byrd and Republican Sen. Trent Lott's praise of former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond.


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1 posted on 04/07/2004 10:40:57 PM PDT by kattracks
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2 posted on 04/07/2004 10:47:41 PM PDT by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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3 posted on 04/07/2004 10:48:09 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would never have happened!)
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To: kattracks
Sen. Tom Daschle said there was "no parallel" between Sen. Christopher J. Dodd's praise of Mr. Byrd and Republican Sen. Trent Lott's praise of former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond.


Daschle has never seen a parallel in anything concerning Democrats and Republicans. The head must come out into the light in able to be cognizant.
4 posted on 04/07/2004 10:51:33 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: kattracks
Wow...Daschle has gone totally insane.
5 posted on 04/07/2004 10:58:21 PM PDT by Fledermaus ( Frm ^;;^ says, "Isn't it amazing idiots think they have all the solutions?")
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To: taxesareforever
"I wasn't on the floor when Senator Dodd made his comments," Mr. Daschle told reporters yesterday. "I don't know what he said.

Which makes whatever else Daschle said, a joke.

6 posted on 04/07/2004 11:00:02 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
My tagline says it all. Thank God for talk radio and FR. Too bad that "conservative bias" in the media never shows. BTW, anyone have a link to John Kerry speaking? I can't sleep.
7 posted on 04/07/2004 11:05:53 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (We said there was a double standard when the Lott thing blew. Now we know.)
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To: kattracks
Gee,Iwonder what Jesse and Al think of this. Where's the press? Dodd should resign.
8 posted on 04/07/2004 11:06:38 PM PDT by ChiMark
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To: kattracks
Same old media bias, but I must admit that Dodd's comment did not make me cringe like Lott's. Lott's comment could be taken as 'civil rights has caused us a lot of problems'. Dodd's comment is only going to be taken as 'a former Klan leader would have made a good president during the civil war'. Sadly, I doubt enough people will be able to connect the dots on that one. Civil rights is much nearer history, and no one outside of the south knows anything about the civil war or Byrd being a Klansman. It sucks, but the Dems will get the usual get-out-of-jail-free race card.
9 posted on 04/07/2004 11:28:30 PM PDT by sixmil
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To: sixmil
Lott's comments didn't make me cringe because of the content...I cringed because he is so stiff he couldn't deliver a comical line. Which is what it was.

Dodd's comments were no different. To think a Grand Poohbah of the KKK (in his 40's, not his youth) would have been welcome during the Civil War isn't a joke.

Besides, I'm sick of this "Republican's are racist" lie. The Democratic Party is the party of racism and slavery and Jim Crow. The only reason the GOP exist was by splitting from the Whigs because they weren't abolitionist and promoted slavery just like the Democrats.

Talk about revisionist history by the media.
10 posted on 04/07/2004 11:32:55 PM PDT by Fledermaus ( Frm ^;;^ says, "Isn't it amazing idiots think they have all the solutions?")
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To: sixmil
It sucks, but the Dems will get the usual get-out-of-jail-free race card.

Which would be the case, regardless of what the Dims said. Their friends in the lamestream media would see to that.

11 posted on 04/07/2004 11:39:29 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: Fledermaus
Lott's comments didn't make me cringe because of the content...I cringed because he is so stiff he couldn't deliver a comical line. Which is what it was.
Another problem with Lott's statement, besides his being a kiss ass, is that there was a kernel of truth in it. That's what really gets people, when you say something bad that has even a hint of truth. PC says you are supposed to be for civil rights and for the civil war. Lott violated this directly, Dodd, violated this indirectly and remotely.

12 posted on 04/07/2004 11:50:30 PM PDT by sixmil
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To: ChiMark
Gee,Iwonder what Jesse and Al think of this. Where's the press? Dodd should resign.

Dodd is up for election THIS YEAR! Who have we got in CT?

13 posted on 04/08/2004 12:00:41 AM PDT by montag813
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To: kattracks
"I wasn't on the floor when Senator Dodd made his comments," Mr. Daschle told reporters yesterday. "I don't know what he said. But I would think even he would tell you there's no parallel."

If I wasn't paying attention to C-SPAN2 as much as I do, I would think Daschle was never on the floor of the Senate. He's always saying he wasn't "here" or "there" when he's backed into a corner.

14 posted on 04/08/2004 12:00:50 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Liberalism is Communism one drink at a time. - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: FairOpinion
LOL, too funny.

I wonder if ol' Bobby B. witnessed any lynchings. Bet somebody knows.

15 posted on 04/08/2004 12:03:32 AM PDT by FlyVet
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"Several Republican senators were asked for comment on Mr. Dodd's remarks but none replied."

I hope none were from Texas.

16 posted on 04/08/2004 12:10:59 AM PDT by bayourod (To 9/11 Commission: Unless you know where those WMDs are, don't bet my life that they don't exist.)
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To: kattracks
To those of us who railed into the wind at the Rupublicans' fecklessness and cowardice in failing to defend Lott, the utter injustice of letting Dowd skate invokes no shadenfreud, no feeling of 'I told you so,' no hope that the world is wiser, only the dross of a bitter cup.
17 posted on 04/08/2004 12:54:08 AM PDT by nathanbedford
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To: montag813; JohnnyZ; Kuksool; Clintonfatigued; Dan from Michigan; Coop; Impy; LdSentinal; ...
"Dodd is up for election THIS YEAR! Who have we got in CT?"


We've got wealthy businessman Jack Orchulli:

http://www.jackforsenate.com/home.shtml

I've been saying for months that our only chance of defeating Chris Dodd is to run RINO Congressman Chris Shays against him, and now that Dodd has put his foot squarely in his mouth, maybe Shays can be convinced to run. If Shays pulls off the upset, he would be a less liberal Senator than Dodd, so that would be an improvement. But the best part is that, irrespective of whether Shays wins or loses, at least it would get him out of the House and allow us to elect a better Republican in a district that is one of the two most Republican in the state (Bush got 43.4% even with Lieberman as Gore's VP candidate, and the district usually votes heavily Republican). While it is certainly possible that another RINO could get the GOP nomination and thus the House seat, what are the odds of him or her being more liberal than Chris Shays?

Another possibility is that former Congressman Gary Franks gets into the race. Now, I know that Franks suffered a humiliating defeat in his Republican-leaning House seat in 1996 and got shellacked in his underfunded Senate race against Dodd in 1998 (Dodd won 65%-32%). But as a black Republican, he might be better able to make hay of Dodd's racist statement than any other candidate. While Franks is not pro-life, he is in favor of some restrcitions, such as the PBA ban, and is fairly conservative on other issues; unlike Shays, Franks is no RINO. I know he's blown it in the past, but I would be willing to give him another chance this time around, especially given the dearth of quality candidates interested in the race.

But in any event, if neither Shays nor Franks runs, Jack Orchulli will be the GOP Senate nominee. I don't think he has much of a chance of unseating Dodd, but I sure hope he at least tries. This is Orchulli's press release regarding Dodd's stupid remarks about former Klansman Robert Byrd (not as strong as one would hope, but a good start):

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2004
CONTACT: JOHN HEALEY--(860) 209-4549

DODD REMARKS INSENSITIVE, DESERVE APOLOGY

Jack Orchulli, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Wednesday called upon Senator Chris Dodd to repudiate his remarks recognizing Democrat Robert Byrd’s record on Civil Rights.

“Chris Dodd is out of touch and his racially insensitive remarks show he doesn’t get it,” said Orchulli. “That is why we need change in Washington to rid ourselves of this get along-go along culture.”

This week, Dodd praised Byrd, an admitted former member of the Ku Klux Klan, for his years of service to the nation and the role he would have played in public debate no matter what era the West Virginia Democrat served.

"You would have been right during the great conflict of Civil War in this nation," Dodd said in remarks seen on C-Span and reported widely in national media.

Sen. Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan prior to joining the Senate, and a vigorous opponent of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

"These foolish comments clearly illustrate that nothing changes in Washington unless you change the leadership,” said Orchulli. “Chris Dodd owes Connecticut an apology for digging up a painful chapter in our history and glorifying someone who symbolizes racial division and bigotry.”

Orchulli added, “These statements are just indicative of a larger problem-a career politician who has spent far too much time skulking in the halls of power and not enough time walking the streets of real life. It's time for change, and it can't come soon enough.”
18 posted on 04/08/2004 8:39:04 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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You have it right -- only way to defeat RATs in parts of this Country are to run moderate Republicans. Conservatives cannot win in some states. Shays needs to get in this race IMHO!

Thanks for the info!
19 posted on 04/08/2004 9:37:11 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04 -- Losing is not an Option!)
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To: PhiKapMom
"You have it right -- only way to defeat RATs in parts of this Country are to run moderate Republicans. Conservatives cannot win in some states."


Connecticut is one of the few states in which a conservative candidate would be at a significant disadvantage. In an open-seat situation, our best bet would be a true moderate (in the Bobby Ehlrich style)---not a liberal RINO like Chris Shays. But Dodd is such an entrenched incumbent that only someone with very high name ID and political capital could pull off the upset, which is why our only choice may be Chris Shays. Plus, we would have an additional dividend due to the fact that he would have to leave his House seat in order to run. Similarly, I would have loved it if liberal-to-moderate Republican Congressman Wayne Gilchrest had run against Barbara Mikulski in Maryland, especially since Gilcrest's district is now ridiculously Republican and a true conservative would be favored to replace him).
20 posted on 04/08/2004 10:05:48 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
Those are really good points. The only way we are going to get conservatives in some of these seats eventually is have them in Congress first. I will take Shays over Dodd any day, but then I would take almost anyone over Dodd! I like the idea of replacing Shays in the House with a more conservative member!
21 posted on 04/08/2004 10:48:15 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04 -- Losing is not an Option!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
Unfortunately, Connecticut elects only 'Rats or RINO's. I hear that Orchulli has vast personal wealth to spend from. If so, perhaps he'll spend from that wealth to make himself a real contender. I certainly hope so, cause Dodd is the embodiment of the inside-the-beltway type.
22 posted on 04/08/2004 3:37:57 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: kattracks
Why is it that the rules don't apply to liberals?
23 posted on 04/08/2004 3:39:08 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: sixmil
OH BULL! Dodd was just a direct...a Senator for the Civil War era? Come on.
24 posted on 04/09/2004 12:45:11 AM PDT by Fledermaus ( Frm ^;;^ says, "Isn't it amazing idiots think they have all the solutions?")
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To: FlyVet
I wonder if he took part in any lynchings.
25 posted on 04/17/2004 2:17:51 PM PDT by thathamiltonwoman
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