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Sen. Robert Byrd to capture longevity record
Politico ^ | November 17, 2009 | Jonathan Allen

Posted on 11/17/2009 4:30:10 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

When the clock strikes midnight tonight, Sen. Robert Byrd will become the longest-serving member of Congress ever — a capstone on a remarkable career in which the adopted son of a coal miner propelled himself from poverty to the pinnacle of legislative power, where he could, did and still does send billions of federal dollars back across the Blue Ridge to help build his home state of West Virginia.

Byrd’s stat sheet speaks for itself:

• Served 20,774 days — or 56 years and 10½ months — in Congress

• Attended 18,582 Senate roll call votes

• Elected to Senate nine times

• Served under 11 presidents

• Held five jobs in Democratic leadership

• At age 91, sits third in line to the presidency

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 111th; elderly; enoughalready; klan; kleagle; racist; robertbyrd; topten

1 posted on 11/17/2009 4:30:11 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Wonder how much money he’s made over the years?


2 posted on 11/17/2009 4:33:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Seems that someone who cites the Constitution as often as he does would know that the Founders intended that those elected would serve a short time and move on with their lives.


3 posted on 11/17/2009 4:33:33 AM PST by kempster
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Whenever I hear a Democrat hint at racism in any situation, I have to laugh and say Senator Robert Byrd, former KKK member. BTW, Has anyone ever heard Jesse Jackson or someone like him call for the Senator’s resignation?


4 posted on 11/17/2009 4:36:19 AM PST by VRW Conspirator (Who is Hugh Series?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
So he should get the "Sen. Robert E Byrd" longevity award presented to him in the "Sen. Robert E Byrd" award room, in the "Sen. Robert E Byrd" municipal building on "Sen. Robert E Byrd" highway from the "Sen. Robert E Byrd" professional govt award troops.

Is there anything left that he has NOT named after himself in that state? (Drive though some time and you'll see)

5 posted on 11/17/2009 4:37:02 AM PST by Mr. K (Deathly afraid my typos become a freeper catchphrase...I'm series!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This man has to be the Poster Old Fart for what’s wrong with Congress.


6 posted on 11/17/2009 4:37:20 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Didn’t his “stat sheet” have two eye-holes cut in it?


7 posted on 11/17/2009 4:37:49 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; perfect_rovian_storm; Impy; Clemenza; ...

I’m sure the Democrats will light a cross in his honor.


8 posted on 11/17/2009 4:38:13 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

How many lynchings and cross burnings did he attend?


9 posted on 11/17/2009 4:38:42 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
“He’s still bringing home the bacon,” said former Rep. Ken Hechler, a fellow West Virginia Democrat who served in the House from 1959 through 1977. “I would say he’s West Virginia’s No. 1 economic development officer.”

It is a sad day when this man is celebrated for his leeching efforts while his affiliation with the KKK goes unmentioned!!!!

10 posted on 11/17/2009 4:41:23 AM PST by eeriegeno (<p>)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He’s so old, I heard that Byrd has to wear rubber white sheets.

He’s a massive, huge, disgusting embarrassment for anyone who loves the Constitution.


11 posted on 11/17/2009 4:43:08 AM PST by laweeks
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

More isn’t better.


12 posted on 11/17/2009 4:43:24 AM PST by RoadTest ( For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. - I Cor. 3:11)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He hasn’t “served” in years. His staff have been running the show, propping the old coot up, telling him what vote button to push since the Clinton years. He hasn’t been “all there” for many, many years.......


13 posted on 11/17/2009 4:43:51 AM PST by SW6906 (6 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, horsepower, guns and ammunition.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Having been a leader in the KKK hasn’t hurt Byrd. The voters of W VA must be dumber than stones.


14 posted on 11/17/2009 4:44:14 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

56 years too long at a bare minimum. Chiseling, thief, klansman. Somehow this scum disgraces congress.


15 posted on 11/17/2009 4:48:59 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Obama: The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

You know they have flipped Byrd, when politico writes an approving piece.

Actually I don’t thing it’s Byrd acting on his own behest. Someone in his place is.


16 posted on 11/17/2009 4:53:21 AM PST by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: Kozak
How many lynchings and cross burnings did he attend?

And how many babies has he killed in the interim?

democrats: party of murder.

17 posted on 11/17/2009 4:54:16 AM PST by onedoug (SARAH!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Left out that he was once the grand Lizzard or Wizzard of the KKK.
Probably still has his hood. . . . . . .
18 posted on 11/17/2009 4:56:04 AM PST by DeaconRed (Congress: Too Much Monkey Business. BO:Monkey- Monkeying with everything and screwing it UP-F.U.B.O.)
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To: cripplecreek

Wonder how much money he’s made over the years?

Wonder how much money he’s stolen over the years. (fixed)


19 posted on 11/17/2009 4:58:27 AM PST by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

It’s a shame that in the USA, a man with his talents couldn’t find honest work.


20 posted on 11/17/2009 4:58:43 AM PST by ol' hoghead (He is not here; for he is risen.)
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To: cripplecreek
Wonder how much money he’s made over the years?

Good question.

Byrd has this thing about wanting stuff named after him. I do have it on good authority from my wife (a WV native) that there are at least two man hole covers and three stop signs in WV that haven't been named after Byrd, but that info is several months old and could have changed by now. Pretty much everything else up there is named after him. I've been expecting WV to change the state's name to "Byrd" any day now....

21 posted on 11/17/2009 5:02:14 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Stop the insanity - Flush Congress!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Barbaric!


22 posted on 11/17/2009 5:07:54 AM PST by cowtowney
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Byrd is the ultimate Poster Boy for exactly what is wrong with the Senate.

Democrats not only vote after they are dead - they also serve in the Senate.

Byrd himself bears a good part of responsibility for the way the country is heading down the leftist toilet.


23 posted on 11/17/2009 5:16:07 AM PST by Iron Munro (Really up-to-date liberals do not care what people do, as long as it is compulsory - George Will)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good grief. Even productive people who have REAL jobs don’t stay at them that long.


24 posted on 11/17/2009 5:18:56 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow
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To: kittymyrib
The voters of W VA must be dumber than stones.

And Massachusetts, and New York, and Pennsylvania, and California, and Nevada, and Washington, and Maine.
25 posted on 11/17/2009 5:21:36 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

As for who served the shortest term: Rebecca Latimer Felton, who was appointed by the Governor of Georgia to the US Senate to fill a vacancy.

This was supposed to be merely an honorary appointment because an election was being conducted prior the the Senate reconvening, . However, the man who was elected refused to present his credentials until Felton was sworn in. She took the oath of office on November 21, 1922, and then served just twenty-four hours, from November 21 to 22, 1922. She was the first woman to occupy a seat in the US Senate; the Senator who, having served one day, served the shortest term; and the oldest Senator, at age eighty-seven, at the time of first swearing-in.


26 posted on 11/17/2009 5:24:18 AM PST by StayAt HomeMother
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

A record that should never have been. The Founders did not create our style of government for a World Book of Records.

Term limits are in order.


27 posted on 11/17/2009 5:24:52 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Too bad some of the black people he hung as a KKK Grand Kleagle didn’t live that long.


28 posted on 11/17/2009 5:25:32 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: kittymyrib

“The voters of W VA must be dumber than stones.”

When he dies, they will stuff him and reelect him.


29 posted on 11/17/2009 5:30:01 AM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: verity

I read a story wherein he accompanied a convicted woman to the location of her execution, and he had sex with her in the car on the way.


30 posted on 11/17/2009 5:39:48 AM PST by I Buried My Guns (Buy Lots Of Ammo Today)
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To: I Buried My Guns

Actually, I read that about Strom Thurmond. I have no idea whether it’s true.


31 posted on 11/17/2009 5:49:43 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"When the clock strikes midnight tonight, Sen. Robert Byrd will become the longest-serving member of Congress ever."

Politico is making a bold assumption here - What evidence is there that the old Byrd will make it until midnight? He's in the buy only ripe bananas mode.

32 posted on 11/17/2009 5:50:20 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Global Warming Theory is extremely robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it)
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To: norwaypinesavage

People in WV will be voting for him 10 years after he’s gone. The problem with congress is we all want to vote out the other SOB, but not our own.


33 posted on 11/17/2009 5:52:38 AM PST by votemout
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
"• Served under 11 presidents"

That's a full 25% of all presidents who've been elected since Washington. Byrd should have been gone years ago.

34 posted on 11/17/2009 5:53:40 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I know this is off the subject...but how long was (Democrat) Byrd in the Ku Klux Klan? (just wondering)


35 posted on 11/17/2009 6:00:10 AM PST by Savage Beast (If you throw a rock over a fence, it’s the hit dog that hollers. -Mike Huckabee)
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To: Mr. K
Is there anything left that he has NOT named after himself in that state?

Sure, after all the state is STILL named West Virginia.

However, the move to rename all streets and highways for him was reluctantly discarded when the AAA protested that even they could not handle all of the TripTiks that would be required. They were joined by a coalition of the GPS makers who said that such directions as "Turn left at next intersection onto Byrd Way and then right on Byrd Ave. Your destination is in sight at Byrd Street and Byrd Alley..." was a bit much.

36 posted on 11/17/2009 6:04:11 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: Thermalseeker

“”Byrd has this thing about wanting stuff named after him””

Or as Ann Coulter put it once: Robert Byrd, named after a bridge in West Virginia.


37 posted on 11/17/2009 6:04:21 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Just out of curiosity from someone not all that familiar with the local WV politics. Is there a Byrd scion / relative being groomed for that inevitable day when Byrd flies off? (Forgive me, I could not resist, a flying Byrd writes itself.)


38 posted on 11/17/2009 6:07:38 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
At age 91, sits third in line to the presidency

Pelosi's right in front of him, and Hillary (as Sec/State) is right behind him.

39 posted on 11/17/2009 6:11:46 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama is a DIC....... Ditherer-in-Chief)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; I Buried My Guns

Gross.

Anyway, I think Byrd died several months ago and is currently a zombie.


40 posted on 11/17/2009 6:22:15 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Mr. K

I understand that the State located geographically immediately west of Virginia, and immediately south of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio is to be renamed “The Great State of Byrd”.


41 posted on 11/17/2009 6:26:01 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: verity
“The voters of W VA must be dumber than stones.”

WVA jokes aside, they just don't want their sugar daddy to go away. He brings in tons of money to build highways to nowhere and other projects. When he's gone, the money will go too.

42 posted on 11/17/2009 6:26:08 AM PST by kaboom
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To: Impy

That would explain the lack of brains on the rodent side. He’s been eating them in the cloakroom.


43 posted on 11/17/2009 6:44:52 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“where he could, did and still does send billions of federal dollars”

That’s all I need to know.


44 posted on 11/17/2009 7:26:07 AM PST by Moose Burger
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Sen. Robert Byrd to capture longevity record, and flips the bird at the US.


45 posted on 11/17/2009 7:47:02 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (I am tired of being PC. It's time for torches, pitchforks, tar, feathers and GUNS.)
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To: Savage Beast
"I know this is off the subject...but how long was (Democrat) Byrd in the Ku Klux Klan? (just wondering) "

I often wonder that too- when you see pictures of him in his 'Grand Kleagle' garb he has grey hair- he must have been in his 60's!!

So if he 'repudiated' his involvement, it must have been just before he was elected

And he was not JUST a member.. he was THE LEADER of the KKK

46 posted on 11/17/2009 9:22:22 AM PST by Mr. K (Deathly afraid my typos become a freeper catchphrase...I'm series!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Shovel ready.


47 posted on 11/17/2009 11:04:50 AM PST by matt1234
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To: Mr. K
The Republican Party was founded as the Anti-Slavery Party to defeat the Pro-Slavery Democrat Party.

The Democrat Party--the Party of Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan--is still the party of sociopaths, hypocrites, sleaze, and corruption. It has not changed at all.

Oops! Correction! It is now also the Party of Decadence.

48 posted on 11/17/2009 4:09:22 PM PST by Savage Beast (If you throw a rock over a fence, it’s the hit dog that hollers. -Mike Huckabee)
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