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Pelosi Defends Ex-Klansman's Assault on Condi
NewsMax.com ^ | 1/20/05 | Carl Limbacher

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."



TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: byrd; condirice; exhaltedwizardbyrd; flamingcrossbyrd; grandclaxonbyrd; grandcyclopsbyrd; partyofbigotry; pelosi; sheetsbyrd
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1 posted on 01/20/2005 9:06:45 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks

Byrd would say: "Back in muh day we knew how to handle uppity nigresses."


2 posted on 01/20/2005 9:09:02 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: kattracks

oh ..imagine that....a liberal democrat shunning her morals for greed....oh geez..big surprise


3 posted on 01/20/2005 9:09:38 AM PST by Alex Marko
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To: Semper Paratus

VBG!


4 posted on 01/20/2005 9:11:16 AM PST by Grendel9
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To: kattracks
It will be a cold day in hell before I believe that anything other than a insult was intended by putting this man in charge of anything having to do with the career path of a minority! Any party with the slightest semblance of decency would take into consideration the appearance of this act.
5 posted on 01/20/2005 9:12:18 AM PST by jwpjr
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To: kattracks

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.


6 posted on 01/20/2005 9:12:20 AM PST by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: kattracks

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.


7 posted on 01/20/2005 9:13:04 AM PST by Always Right
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To: kattracks
"I don't think that whatever Sen. Byrd is doing has anything to do with his sad past," Pelosi told WWRL...

Well, Nancy, do you think it has everything to do with his (and your) pathetic present?

8 posted on 01/20/2005 9:13:07 AM PST by LRS
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To: kattracks

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?

Dan


9 posted on 01/20/2005 9:13:34 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: kattracks

"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!


10 posted on 01/20/2005 9:14:25 AM PST by Grendel9
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To: BibChr

How doew someone like Byrd ever get elected? It leaves me breathless.


11 posted on 01/20/2005 9:14:59 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: kattracks

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.


12 posted on 01/20/2005 9:15:31 AM PST by Arpege92 (Modern liberalism requires everyone to look different but think the same. - Lizavetta)
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To: WestCoastGal; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; kattracks

How is Byrd a SENATOR?

::I found another bird::


13 posted on 01/20/2005 9:16:10 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: kattracks
...looks like the 'RATs are really showing thier true colors...sheets today. ..where's Jesse "I Have a Scheme" Jackson, still "carrying water/lifting that bale" for the rats? :/
14 posted on 01/20/2005 9:16:30 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't out to get you :^)
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To: DTogo
The old Liberal double standard.

Without "double," most Liberals have no standards.

15 posted on 01/20/2005 9:16:32 AM PST by lonestar (Me, too!--Weinie)
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To: kattracks

I'm still trying to figure out the use of the word "assault" in the headline.


16 posted on 01/20/2005 9:18:13 AM PST by dmz
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To: BibChr
I tried to write a blog about Dr. Rice.

It didn't get much traffic or commentary

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1283377/posts Dr. Condoleeza Rice is Aunt Jemima
17 posted on 01/20/2005 9:19:19 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Sacajaweau

>>>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.


18 posted on 01/20/2005 9:23:28 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: dmz
I'm still trying to figure out the use of the word "assault" in the headline.

I'm trying to figure out the use of the word "ex" in the title. Byrd looks like he's still active to me.

19 posted on 01/20/2005 9:27:36 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult ("Don't get eliminated!" - MXC)
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To: Semper Paratus

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.


20 posted on 01/20/2005 9:28:51 AM PST by rhc2000
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To: kattracks
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.

Looks like the RATS didn't learn ANYTHING in this last election. Well, the good news is that more of them will get voted out of office in 06.

21 posted on 01/20/2005 9:30:07 AM PST by NRA2BFree (Before and after pictures of the tsunami: http://homepage.mac.com/demark/tsunami/9.html)
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To: Alex Marko
oh ..imagine that....a liberal democrat shunning her morals pandering for greed....oh geez..big surprise
22 posted on 01/20/2005 9:31:32 AM PST by MileHi
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To: rhc2000

Yeah.........the dems self destructing again...............looking forward to flushing some more out in '06


23 posted on 01/20/2005 9:32:12 AM PST by spokeshave (Strategery + Schardenfreude = Stratenschardenfreudery)
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To: kattracks

but the question remains - why did they choose a former Klansman? Is she trying to send a message?


24 posted on 01/20/2005 9:33:26 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: kattracks

Then Lizard defends the Wizard..


25 posted on 01/20/2005 9:34:07 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Always Right

"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."

The MSM would call it, "Byrd's proud portrayal of our historic past!"

Next on ABC, Auschwitz, the fault of Bush.


26 posted on 01/20/2005 9:37:07 AM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: kattracks

The Klan, the Dems and the JJ are all the new slave masters. Racist one and all.


27 posted on 01/20/2005 9:41:25 AM PST by sasafras (sasafras (The road to hell is paved with good intentions))
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To: kattracks

I can’t believe that black democrats continue to support this party in mass.

Do they even follow the news? Do they know what they are voting for?

I would like to hear the opinions of a black freeper concerning the black democrat’s loyalty to the democrats.

Holtz
JeffersonRepublic.com


28 posted on 01/20/2005 9:44:33 AM PST by JeffersonRepublic.com (The 51st state is right around the corner.)
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To: Calpernia

A dirty byrd at that!!

:-P


29 posted on 01/20/2005 9:46:17 AM PST by WestCoastGal ("If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better go sit on the porch." (Daytona 500 31 days);-)
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To: Semper Paratus

Condi should feel lucky he is just using Senate rules to be an ass rather than trying to lynch her from the White House flag pole.


30 posted on 01/20/2005 9:47:14 AM PST by trubluolyguy ("I like you, therefore when I rule the world, your death shall be quick and painless")
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To: kattracks

It appears that they,the Dems,have done it again. They are getting better & better each time they shoot themselves in the foot. They do need a reality check, soon.


31 posted on 01/20/2005 9:47:47 AM PST by jos65
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To: kattracks
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.

His racist views are not so well known to the public, but they stretch back further than his opinions on the war in Iraq. Condi's confirmation will be that much sweeter, since the likes of Byrd were unable to stop her.

32 posted on 01/20/2005 9:52:52 AM PST by Ruth A.
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To: Always Right; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
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.

And the DNC amen party of the liberal media will discreetly ignore a high tech lynching by the radical left wing.

33 posted on 01/20/2005 9:56:16 AM PST by lonevoice (Vast Right Wing Pajama Party)
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To: Sacajaweau
How doew someone like Byrd ever get elected? It leaves me breathless.

I wonder the same thing, but then again there are a few names you can substitute for Byrd:

Ted Kennedy

Hillary Clinton

Dianne Feinstein

Barbara Boxer

John Kerry

Jeff Bingaman

I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

34 posted on 01/20/2005 9:56:51 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: kattracks

I enjoy laughing at the inane chatter and condescension of Nancy Pelosi :)

Did anyone else notice that most of her pronouncements sound like small dogs yapping? (Sadly without the benefit of seeing the cute small dogs).


35 posted on 01/20/2005 9:57:37 AM PST by saveliberty (Liberal= in need of therapy, but would rather ruin lives of those less fortunate to feel good)
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To: kattracks

Pelosi, Byrd, Kerry and Boxer are all racists.


36 posted on 01/20/2005 9:59:53 AM PST by TheDon (The Democratic Party is the party of TREASON)
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To: kattracks

Makes you wonder why the majority of blacks keep voting for the dems.


37 posted on 01/20/2005 10:05:56 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: kattracks

Byrd:"Why, this heah girl wants to be Seccatary of State. I don't know that them thah people cahn tap"
Reporter:"Can tap?"
Byrd:"Tap, tap, ya knows, with a tapwritah. Ya all wrong, boy. You built to low to tha ground. I ah keep thowin 'em and you keep missin 'em. Ya gotta keep ya eye on tha ball. Eye. Ball. Git it boy? The boys about as sharp as a bowling, I say, a bowling ball"


38 posted on 01/20/2005 10:06:19 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: rhc2000
This stinks so bad, but I'm wondering where the NAACP is on this

Very good question.

39 posted on 01/20/2005 10:11:39 AM PST by semaj ("....by their fruit you will know them.")
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To: kattracks

Pelosi Galore is an elite limo liberal racist fascist.


40 posted on 01/20/2005 10:17:14 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( The MSM has been a weapon of mass disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Fertile ground here for some of your Dirty Byrd graphic arts!:)


41 posted on 01/20/2005 10:18:26 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( The MSM has been a weapon of mass disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: kattracks

42 posted on 01/20/2005 10:20:42 AM PST by Grampa Dave ( The MSM has been a weapon of mass disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: kattracks
" 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." "

Never forget why is this man in the United States Senate ...

Because he is a Democrat ...

43 posted on 01/20/2005 10:22:06 AM PST by af_vet_1981
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To: kattracks
Nancy is SMOKIN... but whatever shes smoking has made her ignert...
GOOD>>>..
44 posted on 01/20/2005 10:23:20 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed me to included some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: kattracks

Pelosi defends the DemoKKKrat, Byrd.


45 posted on 01/20/2005 10:23:35 AM PST by syriacus (Title as Queen of the BOXER SNORTS goes to Sen. Babs for her performance on 1/19/2005)
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To: kattracks

DEmocrats NEVER say anything about their colleagues. EXcept folks like Zell Miller who leave congress.

Republicans eat their own...astonishing.


46 posted on 01/20/2005 10:25:21 AM PST by Burlem
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To: kattracks; blam; Ernest_at_the_Beach; FairOpinion; ValerieUSA
Ping!
47 posted on 01/20/2005 10:26:36 AM PST by SunkenCiv (I last updated my profile on January 13, 2005)
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To: jwpjr
It will be a cold day in hell before I believe that anything other than a insult was intended by putting this man in charge of anything having to do with the career path of a minority!

This taken together with Biden's racist parody in the confirmation hearings have me convinced that the democrats are trying to bait the republicans into going off message; get into race dialog which they feel they have a stereotypical advantage. In any case they are trying to disrupt our momentum, create a distraction. Let's not rise to the bait.

48 posted on 01/20/2005 10:26:50 AM PST by oldbrowser (You lost the election...........get over it)
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To: TheDon

Oh, no. They appreciate all races. As long as they stay on the plantation.


49 posted on 01/20/2005 10:27:11 AM PST by griswold3
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To: Grampa Dave
Thanks, Grampa. Surprised it's not already here.


From the article:

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.



Former KKK Clansman,
Senator Robert Byrd……

Byrd said in part, "I think we try to have good will. My old mom told me, `Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody.' We practice that. There are white ni**ers. I've seen a lot of white ni**ers in my time. I'm going to use that word."

See this Michelle Malkin article about Robert Byrd from March 7, 2001


50 posted on 01/20/2005 10:36:09 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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