Skip to comments.Pelosi Defends Ex-Klansman's Assault on Condi
Posted on 01/20/2005 9:06:44 AM PST by kattracks
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi found herself on the defensive Thursday morning over the decision by Senate Democrats to put former Ku Klux Klansman, Sen. Robert Byrd, in charge of efforts to derail the confirmation of Secretary of State-nominee Condoleezza Rice.
"I don't think that whatever Sen. Byrd is doing has anything to do with his sad past," Pelosi told WWRL radio hosts Steve Malzberg and Karen Hunter. Instead, said the San Francisco Democrat, the one-time Grand Kleagel was acting out of concern that the advise and consent role of the Senate in presidential appointments was being overlooked.
In a move that was seen by many as an insult to the first black woman ever appointed Secretary of State, Sen. Byrd announced his decision to hold up her confirmation late Wednesday, saying it needed more debate before the full Senate.
Rep. Pelosi insisted that Byrd's extraordinary move had nothing to do with his long history of public racism, but was instead a reflection of his opposition to the Iraq war.
"They're confirming a Secretary of State in a time of war. [Byrd's] views on the war and his opposition to it are well known," she said.
Still, Byrd's "sad history," as Pelosi described it, makes him a particularly bad choice to lead the assault on Rice.
As recently as 2001, the West Virginia Democrat was forced to apologize after blurting out during a nationally televised interview, "There are white n****rs, I've seen a lot of white n****rs in my time. I'm going to use that word."
In 1972, Byrd pushed to have the Senate's main office building named after Dixiecrat Sen. Richard Russell - a leading opponent of anti-lynching legislation who Byrd called "my mentor."
Byrd filibustered the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act for 14 straight hours.
Three years after he said he'd left his white-sheeted brethren behind, he wrote to Georgia's Grand Imperial Wizard urging: "The Klan is needed today as never before."
Sen. Byrd was also a fierce opponent of desegregating the military, complaining in one letter ."I should rather die a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds."
Byrd would say: "Back in muh day we knew how to handle uppity nigresses."
oh ..imagine that....a liberal democrat shunning her morals for greed....oh geez..big surprise
Yeah, and I bet Pelosi had the same this to say about Trent Lott after Srom Thurman's birthday party a few years back. The old Liberal double standard.
Well as long as he is pro-abortion and anti-war he can get away with anything. Byrd could probably show up in full KKK costume to Condi's hearing, and little would be said.
Well, Nancy, do you think it has everything to do with his (and your) pathetic present?
To say this is a tone-deaf move is sheer flattery.
However, sadly, the MSM will never take it up, as they would if the parties were reversed. NEVER.
Maybe the blogs?
"Sen. Byrd was also a fierce opponent of desegregating the military, complaining in one letter ."I should rather die a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds."
And despite that, those idiotic citizens keep sending
him back to the Senate!
How doew someone like Byrd ever get elected? It leaves me breathless.
Condi can hold her head up high and be proud of who she is and where's she's going. She didn't allow the likes of Robert Byrd get in the way of her future.
How is Byrd a SENATOR?
::I found another bird::
Without "double," most Liberals have no standards.
I'm still trying to figure out the use of the word "assault" in the headline.
>>>How doew someone like Byrd ever get elected? It leaves me breathless.
Maybe he is Selected vs. Elected?
Look at all the articles coming out on voter fraud.
I'm trying to figure out the use of the word "ex" in the title. Byrd looks like he's still active to me.
This stinks so bad, but I'm wondering where the NAACP is on this. Just imagine if roles were reversed and Trent Lott stepped up to stall a black Democrat's nomination to a cabinet position. Its just so hypocritical and will hardly be news in the media's eye.