Skip to comments.Senator Byrd Honored - [ Might Byrd be the NEXT Senate Majority Leader?? ]
Posted on 01/12/2010 7:10:06 AM PST by rface
He was once a member of the Klu(sic) Klux Klan and famously waged a 15 hour 13 minute filibuster of 1964 against the Voting Rights Act, but has remained a loyal, even celebrated Democrat.
Senator Byrd and Senator Kennedy shared a love of the U.S. Senate and shared a loved of poetry, said Senator Paul Kirk, who was an aide to the late Edward M. Kennedy and now holds his seat. Throughout his career Senator Byrd has made so many footprints on the sands of time.
It is an extraordinary record of service, dedication and patriotism to the country, Senator Jack Reed, Democrat of Rhode Island, said.
Byrd is President pro tempore of the United States Senate, a position that puts him third in the line of presidential succession....He has also held many leadership positions: Senate Conference Secretary, Majority Whip, Minority Leader and twice Majority Leader.
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YOUTUBE RECORD =>"...My old mom told me, 'Robert, you can't go to heaven if you hate anybody. We practice that. There are white niggers. I've seen a lot of white niggers in my time, if you want to use that word. We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I'd just as soon quit talking about it so much."
. Byrd is the only Senator to have voted against the nominations of both Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court, the only two African-Americans to have been nominated to the court......Byrd also opposed some of George W. Bush's judicial and cabinet nominees who were black, notably Janice Rogers Brown for judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Condoleezza Rice for Secretary of State.
Are they sure they want to follow those “footprints on the sands of time”?
“Sheets” Byrd needs to retire, but probably will only leave the Senate feet first.
Well, you have to hold the majority in the Senate to be leader ... November’s coming fast!
He’s already been Majority Leader twice. I doubt he’ll be selected again.
I hope they follow him around with a shovel and a pine box.
I hope he didn’t get any sand in his bed sheets!
I wonder if any of Sheets recruitees to the KKK ever committed crimes against Blacks?
Now THAT would be an interesting fact to add to his resume.
You have to be able to make it to the podium, to serve as Majority Leader. Otherwise, the post would be purely honorary, and not even ceremonial.
Unlike a vote on the floor, this one cannot be phoned in.
What could be the harm?
I believe that having a pulse is a requirement of the job./s
Uhm...I'm not sure about that. I remember at one time I thought a pulse was a requirement to vote.
Are not those ‘footprints’ now the tracks of a wheelchair?
Did not the Senate have to bring Byrd into the health care vote in a wheelchair to get enough votes?
Ya ‘got’ me! Touche!
Let’s hope those wheels get caught in that sand for the next vote, or so to speak.
Next Senate Majority Leader? You have no clue. The man is ga-ga. His staff is running the show as it is, and everyone knows it. If there is to be a new Dem majority leader, Durbin and Schumer would be duking it out, there would be blood on the floor, and how much fun that would be. Byrd is President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and that is as far as he is likely to go.
I'd be satisfied if he just had to go back into the hospital long enough to deny the Dems the vote on healthcare until Senator Brown (R - MASS) gets seated.
If this does not bring up your lunch. Nothing will.
Throughout his career Senator Byrd has made so many footprints on the sands of time.
That’s the problem with walking on sand, no foot prints
after the wind blows.
I can almost feel sorry for Byrd though, the party is going
to keep the poor bastage alive till the very last moment
they need him. (I said almost...)
Senate Majority leader is a huge job, and senile Byrd is not up to it physically or mentally anymore. His staff has to wheel him around in a wheel chair and keep a doctor close by in case the old man finally slumps over for the big sleep.