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Byrd may lie in state
Politico ^ | June 28, 2010 | Erika Lovley

Posted on 06/28/2010 1:05:11 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

Sen. Robert Byrd may join Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy among historic figures who have lain in state in the Capitol Rotunda — an honor only bestowed upon 28 other Americans over the past 160 years.

Senate leaders are likely to make a request for Byrd to lie in state, aides said Monday, but they are still awaiting approval from Byrd’s family to go ahead with a formal resolution that would allow Byrd’s casket to rest under the dome for a public viewing.

With a career that spanned nearly 58 years and ranked him as the longest-serving member in congressional history, Byrd has likely earned the consideration.

In 2006, Gerald Ford was the most recent political figure to lie in state in the Capitol, and he was preceded by Ronald Reagan, whose casket was visited by thousands over three days in June 2004. The caskets are draped with an American flag, and rest upon the same wooden catafalque — a raised platform — constructed for Lincoln’s state funeral.

Presidents James Garfield, William McKinley, Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon Johnson and were also honored in the political hallowed space.


In 1865, Henry Clay was the first to be honored in the Rotunda after serving five consecutive terms in the House, including service as Speaker.

Other big names bestowed the state honor include Spanish-American War hero George Dewey and architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant.

Three non-political figures have lain in honor, which is different from laying in state: civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the U.S. Capitol Police officers, Jacob Joseph Chestnut and John Michael Gibson, who were killed during an attack on the Capitol in 1998.

Typically, a concurrent resolution from both the Senate and the House must be passed granting permission for the Rotunda space to be used, but the process is usually given top priority, according to the Office of the House Historian.

Less than four days after Reagan died on June 5, 2004, both the Senate and House cleared a resolution, and the President was already lying in state.

The House is expected to introduce a separate resolution honoring Byrd’s service in Congress and flags at both the Capitol and White House flew at half mast today.


In the past, Congress has sometimes granted the honor without issuing a resolution, with authority being granted solely by the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader. The option is usually used when Congress is out of session or unavailable to vote on the use of the rotunda.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: anticivilrights; bigot; byrd; byrdfuneral; disgace; disgrace; kkk; klan; klansman; pork; robertbyrd; westvirginia
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1 posted on 06/28/2010 1:05:13 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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Poster Boy for Term Limits.
2 posted on 06/28/2010 1:06:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Second Amendment First
Byrd may lie in state

Better get the hood & robe pressed, pronto!

3 posted on 06/28/2010 1:06:56 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Second Amendment First

How come the Kleagle gets to lie in state and Republicans get dumped for congratulating old Jessie Helms???

The double standard again.


4 posted on 06/28/2010 1:07:14 PM PDT by ZULU
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To: Second Amendment First

I have no problem w/ him lying in state, but let it serve as an example of what we should NOT do... elect leaders for life with no further accountibility to their constituents.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 1:07:24 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: Second Amendment First

Wow who knew they would bestow this honor to a former member of the KKK?


6 posted on 06/28/2010 1:07:24 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Second Amendment First

Just...no.


7 posted on 06/28/2010 1:07:38 PM PDT by mplsconservative (I stand with Israel.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I certainly hope so. We can rehash his hatred of America and let the dems stew in that!


8 posted on 06/28/2010 1:07:44 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Well, he lied in the country for long enough. Not surprising he would lie in state.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 1:07:53 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Second Amendment First

“Byrd may lie in state”

Why not. He lied everywhere else.


10 posted on 06/28/2010 1:08:16 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (The Left draws criminals as excrement draws flies. The Left IS a criminal organization.)
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To: BenLurkin

My sympathies to his family, but the man was IMO a disgrace in government.
I wouldn’t lie someone like that near the White House.


11 posted on 06/28/2010 1:08:21 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Hope they’re stocked up on Fabreeze.


12 posted on 06/28/2010 1:08:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Anyone know where he will be planted, I need to save up some good, ripe PISS for his grave.


13 posted on 06/28/2010 1:08:21 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Second Amendment First

Wanna post bets on whether the network news mentions his membership in the KKK?


14 posted on 06/28/2010 1:08:40 PM PDT by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: mplsconservative
Just...no.

Hell no.

15 posted on 06/28/2010 1:08:40 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Second Amendment First
Has the MSM covered his last moments?


16 posted on 06/28/2010 1:10:33 PM PDT by drpix
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To: Second Amendment First

He has been lying in state for years, he was just propped up.


17 posted on 06/28/2010 1:11:37 PM PDT by dforest
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To: drpix

18 posted on 06/28/2010 1:13:00 PM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Stripping motivated people of their dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.")
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To: Second Amendment First

Can I wear a white sheet, perhaps even burn a cross in his honor, of course?


19 posted on 06/28/2010 1:13:40 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Second Amendment First

Hilarious!

He looked like he’d been laying in State for the majority of his last term. Poor old man. RIP you old bigot! Enjoy your democrat accolades from the press and fellow bigots in your party.


20 posted on 06/28/2010 1:14:51 PM PDT by poobear
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To: Second Amendment First

I won't post pictures of some of the tactics the KKK employed. Hangings, cross burnings, murders, burning of the homes of Blacks...

I won't be celebrating the life of this disgusting old fool.

21 posted on 06/28/2010 1:16:18 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (06/15/2010 Obama's Shame-Wow address...)
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To: poobear

Is is laying or lying? Oh, well. Major brain fault.


22 posted on 06/28/2010 1:16:30 PM PDT by poobear
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To: Second Amendment First

Beautiful robes so white...


23 posted on 06/28/2010 1:16:30 PM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: poobear

Is is laying or lying? Oh, well. Major brain fault.


24 posted on 06/28/2010 1:16:39 PM PDT by poobear
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To: drpix; Roscoe Karns

needs more looter dude


25 posted on 06/28/2010 1:16:59 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: zerosix; Slings and Arrows

You bringing the Fabreeze? Sheets shouldn’t smell like smoke in the Rotunda.


26 posted on 06/28/2010 1:17:40 PM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Stripping motivated people of their dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.")
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To: Second Amendment First

Will he have an apple in his mouth?


27 posted on 06/28/2010 1:18:26 PM PDT by Mojave (Ignorant and stoned - Obama's natural constituency.)
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To: mplsconservative
Or...just why?

Never could understand why anyone thought this clown was anything but a snake oil salesman.

Apology to any snake oils salesmen in the flock.

28 posted on 06/28/2010 1:18:52 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: ez

You don’t have a problem with a life-long racist being accorded honors that were earned by good men? Fifty eight years in the senate that has hallmarks like filibustering the Civil Rights Act, and that’s not a problem?

He was a nasty piece of work just like Teddy “Traitor” Kennedy.

If it is something that shouldn’t be done then why do it for any reason?


29 posted on 06/28/2010 1:18:52 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Puppage

I am quite sure you don’t have anything of the sort to iron. Don’t give anyone the idea you might, even in jest.


30 posted on 06/28/2010 1:18:52 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (06/15/2010 Obama's Shame-Wow address...)
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To: BenLurkin

How about they just let let him cycle a few round trips on the Porkulus WVU-Morgantown monorail system.

Seems more appropriate.


31 posted on 06/28/2010 1:19:04 PM PDT by rod1
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To: DoughtyOne
I won't post pictures of some of the tactics the KKK employed. Hangings, cross burnings, murders, burning of the homes of Blacks...

You forgot the one that democrats are so good at: Castration.

32 posted on 06/28/2010 1:20:06 PM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Stripping motivated people of their dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.")
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To: A CA Guy

Sadly, if anything happened to Obama- the succession was Biden, Pelosi, Byrd. I would prefer him over Pelosi and Biden. It’s the nicest thing I can think to say about him, but frankly—I would prefer any inanimate object over Biden or Pelosi.


33 posted on 06/28/2010 1:20:40 PM PDT by Dutchgirl ("What I believe about God is the most important thing about me." A.W. Tozer)
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To: Second Amendment First

I prefer concentrated Lysol, for really BIG jobs as Fabreeze’s just too wimpy for a real job for like this one.


34 posted on 06/28/2010 1:21:03 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Second Amendment First

Wonder how many crosses will be burnt in “honor” of Byrd?
They should rename West Virginia after him and get it over with. Near as I can tell, close to the entire state is named after him anyway. That’s what bringing home the pork gets ya.


35 posted on 06/28/2010 1:21:48 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Good point...


36 posted on 06/28/2010 1:22:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (06/15/2010 Obama's Shame-Wow address...)
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To: Second Amendment First

Sen. Byrd has spent ENOUGH TIME under the dome of the capitol — he doesn’t need anymore!!


37 posted on 06/28/2010 1:24:43 PM PDT by browniexyz
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Wonder how many crosses will be burnt in “honor” of Byrd?

His monument's perpetual flame should be a burning cross.

38 posted on 06/28/2010 1:24:43 PM PDT by Mojave (Ignorant and stoned - Obama's natural constituency.)
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To: Second Amendment First

He’ll lie exactly where you lay him...won’t even twitch. He’s dead, Jim. This Byrd has flown.


39 posted on 06/28/2010 1:27:11 PM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, or is it Mr. Stone or Mr. Woody? Whatever, you're under arrest.)
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To: poobear
Hens lay, people lie.

I have nothing good to say, and so, I will say nothing.

40 posted on 06/28/2010 1:28:24 PM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: Second Amendment First
Wondering if dunce caps came before or after the KKK (answer: long before), I discovered that the European version consists of what looks like donkey ears instead of the pointed cone we think of. Somehow it seems apropos in either case for the KKK and liberal/racist Democrats in general.

Nevertheless, may God bring comfort, peace and His true enlightenment to Mr. Byrd's loved ones.

41 posted on 06/28/2010 1:29:40 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: Second Amendment First
There's a weed infested drainage ditch near my house. People toss trash, car tires, old refrigerators - anything they thing they can get away with - into it. It would be an entirely fitting place for this slime ball to lay in state (at least until someone covers him up with a major appliance).
42 posted on 06/28/2010 1:29:47 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: MozarkDawg

Wasn’t Reid who says the tourist stink up the capitol? Now in July it will be the rotting corpse of the late KKK Byrd.


43 posted on 06/28/2010 1:30:41 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: I cannot think of a name
Robert Byrd: The Later Years


44 posted on 06/28/2010 1:31:45 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Second Amendment First

I wonder if they’ll bury him in his best pressed whites.

Then, how about a marker in the shape of a cross that bursts into flames every night?


45 posted on 06/28/2010 1:31:49 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: drpix

Man... what a picture!


46 posted on 06/28/2010 1:32:27 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (Reconciliation will happen in November.)
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To: I cannot think of a name
I cannot(can) think of a name. Robert C. Byrd ditch.
47 posted on 06/28/2010 1:33:24 PM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Stripping motivated people of their dignity and rubbing their noses in it is a very bad idea.")
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To: DoughtyOne
I am quite sure you don’t have anything of the sort to iron

BYRD get the hood & robe pressed...BYRD.Sheesh

48 posted on 06/28/2010 1:33:24 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Second Amendment First

Which one? West Virginia?


49 posted on 06/28/2010 1:35:21 PM PDT by Eddie01 (All we every really knew was it was crazy to be doin' it any other way)
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To: mplsconservative

That would be disgusting and very un-American. Why politicians, who do all in their power to destroy America, are honored and eulogized is beyond any intelligent reasoning.


50 posted on 06/28/2010 1:35:57 PM PDT by mulligan
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