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US Senator Byrd steps down as head of key committee
AFP ^ | 11/7/2008

Posted on 11/07/2008 4:37:13 PM PST by james500

The US Senate's oldest and longest-serving member, Robert Byrd, announced Friday he was stepping down as chairman of the appropriations committee.

For the last 10 years, the 90-year-old Democratic dean from West Virginia has headed the committee which helps the government decide how to spend its money.

Byrd, re-elected for his ninth Senate term in 2006, has spent nearly 50 years as a committee member and senator, casting a record 18,000 ballots as of last year.

"A new day has dawned in Washington, and that is a good thing," Byrd, who endorsed Illinois Senator Barack Obama this year in his successful quest for the White House, said in a statement.

"For my part, I believe that it is time for a new day at the top of the Senate Appropriations Committee," Byrd added. He will step down on January 6.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 110th; appropriations; bho2008; byrd; obamatransitionfile; wv2008
They must have figured out that having a former Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux at such a senior position might clash with the whole 'post-racial era' scam. That he's been senile for years apparently hasn't been enough.

"I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.

—Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Byrd

1 posted on 11/07/2008 4:37:13 PM PST by james500
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To: james500

he hasn’t headed this committee for the last 10 years.


2 posted on 11/07/2008 4:38:43 PM PST by grandpa jones (L.O.M.A. (loyal opposition my a**))
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To: james500

Steps down, or falls down?


3 posted on 11/07/2008 4:39:58 PM PST by Misschuck
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To: james500

Byrd will finally have the time to iron his sheets.


4 posted on 11/07/2008 4:40:27 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY ((((Truth to a Liberal, is like a crucifix to a vampire))))
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To: james500
I'm proud to have fought in the armed forces of the U.S. alongside men of many different races, including African-Americans. It's time for this sick old hypocrite to go!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
5 posted on 11/07/2008 4:40:53 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Peregrine, patron saint of cancer patients, pray for us.)
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To: james500

He will be 96 when he runs for re-election in 2012. West Virginians love their Byrd and will re-elect him by a landslide. A whole lot of things and places in West Virginia is named after him.


6 posted on 11/07/2008 4:42:12 PM PST by KriegerGeist (Hey Hussein! REDISTRIBUTE THIS!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Yes, and soon, no more Byrd sheet!

Gonna miss those Byrd droppings!


7 posted on 11/07/2008 4:44:01 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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Obama cleaning the Klan members of the Senate out?


8 posted on 11/07/2008 4:45:08 PM PST by llevrok (While others are dreaming, you should be scheming.)
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To: james500
He has had a long career as a doddering old fool.

He is the poster boy for what is wrong with the Senate and one of the best arguments for compulsory term limits and retirement.

9 posted on 11/07/2008 4:45:11 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Byrd will finally have the time to iron his sheets."

That is close to some awesome tag line material.

10 posted on 11/07/2008 4:46:06 PM PST by Radix (Senator Robert Byrd considers retirement: " Someone has got to iron those sheets.")
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To: Misschuck
Steps down, or falls down?

exactly what I was thinking

11 posted on 11/07/2008 4:47:59 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (LIBERAL MEDIA PICKS GOP CANDIDATE STORY AT 11:00!)
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To: llevrok

Now that’s Change I can believe in!


12 posted on 11/07/2008 4:51:10 PM PST by rom
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To: hiredhand

So Byrd refuses to work for a black president......LOL !


13 posted on 11/07/2008 4:53:06 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

My take on it, too. (ROTFLMAO)


14 posted on 11/07/2008 4:56:01 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: james500

A man of his word. I suppose the MSM will let this pass. Bwahahaha.


15 posted on 11/07/2008 4:56:05 PM PST by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: james500

Byrd, a KKK member. Hmmmm, I wonder how he likes a 1/4 black guy taking office?


16 posted on 11/07/2008 5:01:25 PM PST by CodeToad
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To: james500

Must have crapped his depends in the meeting again.


17 posted on 11/07/2008 5:03:16 PM PST by org.whodat ( "the Whipped Dog Party" , what was formally the republicans.)
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To: james500
I saw the story about the school named after NB Forrest looking for new name. I think it would be appropriate to change the name from the first Klan Member to the oldest Klan member.
18 posted on 11/07/2008 5:04:11 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: KriegerGeist
A whole lot of things and places in West Virginia is named after him.

That is because he built them all with your money.

19 posted on 11/07/2008 5:04:24 PM PST by org.whodat ( "the Whipped Dog Party" , what was formally the republicans.)
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To: gathersnomoss

Are we keeping a list of everyone thrown under the bus? Yesterday it was Lieberman, today Byrd. Is Kennedy next?


20 posted on 11/07/2008 5:05:33 PM PST by TerrisFriend ("I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" God Bless the U.S.A.!)
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To: Misschuck
Steps down, or falls down?

I'd venture that he was pushed. Can't really see him voluntarily giving up power, can you?

21 posted on 11/07/2008 5:06:43 PM PST by null and void (This isn't an election, it's a manifestation of a Salvador Dali painting. [Persistence of Division])
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To: james500

If Byrd can’t finish his term due to health, does WVa. have a GOP governor to appoint a GOP senator?


22 posted on 11/07/2008 5:09:54 PM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: fortheDeclaration

A Democrat could be brain dead and on life support, and Reid would not relinquish the vote of that position. Until Byrd’s carcass starts to stink, Reid will see to it that he and fat Teddy have voting power in the Senate.


23 posted on 11/07/2008 5:11:29 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Too funny !


24 posted on 11/07/2008 5:11:29 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: james500
US Senator Byrd steps down as head of key committee

So soon?

And with sooo much yet to monkey wrench!

25 posted on 11/07/2008 5:12:43 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: james500
Bad news for West Virginia

The money he has systemically diverted into this state
will likely dry up under Obama
26 posted on 11/07/2008 5:17:44 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: KriegerGeist
He will be 96 when he runs for re-election in 2012. West Virginians love their Byrd and will re-elect him by a landslide. A whole lot of things and places in West Virginia is named after him.

He's a dimocrat so the dead can vote for a dead candidate. The end justifies the means and all that.

27 posted on 11/07/2008 5:21:38 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: james500

Later, Byrd went on to discuss the 2008 presidential campaign. “I never thought I’d see the day a colored boy became this country’s president,” he said, dumbfounded, shaking his head. “I tell you, it’s a long way away from when I wsa a Grang Dragon Klansmen.”

/semi-sarc


28 posted on 11/07/2008 5:47:42 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: fortheDeclaration

WV re-elected Democrat Joe Manchin as governor in this election. Obviously there are many possibilities for Mr. Byrd’s replacement if Byrd leaves office without completing his elected term (through 2012). It’s highly likely that a Democrat will replace Mr. Byrd regardless of whether by appointment, special election, or regular election.


29 posted on 11/07/2008 6:05:51 PM PST by drsbb
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To: Iron Munro
Here's Another Old Fart

30 posted on 11/07/2008 6:35:07 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Radix

31 posted on 11/07/2008 6:52:44 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Squantos

So Byrd refuses to work for a black president......LOL !

I guess there’s a litle KKK still left in him.. rofl


32 posted on 11/07/2008 8:22:41 PM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: drsbb
WV re-elected Democrat Joe Manchin as governor in this election. Obviously there are many possibilities for Mr. Byrd’s replacement if Byrd leaves office without completing his elected term (through 2012). It’s highly likely that a Democrat will replace Mr. Byrd regardless of whether by appointment, special election, or regular election.

Thanks for the information.

33 posted on 11/09/2008 9:51:08 PM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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