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Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator, Dies at 92
Fox News ^ | 6/28/10 | Staff

Posted on 06/28/2010 2:35:45 AM PDT by careyb

Edited on 06/28/2010 3:51:06 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Robert Byrd, Longest-Serving U.S. Senator, Dies at 92

Published June 28, 2010

| FOXNews.com

Reuters

Feb. 2009: Sen. Robert Byrd doffs his hat for reporters as he arrives at the Capitol in Washington.

Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in American history, died Monday at the age of 92, a spokesman for the family said.

Byrd, a Democrat who served in the U.S. Senate since 1959, had been plagued by health problems in recent years and was confined to a wheelchair. He had skipped several votes in Congress in the past months. 

Jesse Jacobs, a family spokesman, said Byrd died peacefully at about 3 a.m. at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

He was the oldest member of the 111th Congress.

The passing of Sen. Byrd will not affect the balance of power in the Senate. West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, a Democrat, will appoint a replacement senator to serve out the remainder of Byrd's term which ends in 2012.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 111th; 2010obituaries; bigot; byrd; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; disgrace; elderly; kkk; klan; klansman; obituary; pravdamedia; sheets; thenword
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1 posted on 06/28/2010 2:35:47 AM PDT by careyb
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To: careyb

Rest in Peace.

He was mocked here, many times, and perhaps rightly so. Now he is gone. Let the family mourn, let his friends cry, and let’s let him go into eternity with little rancor.


2 posted on 06/28/2010 2:37:39 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: careyb

Just heard it too on local news radio in Washington, D.C.


3 posted on 06/28/2010 2:37:53 AM PDT by itsinthebag (E)
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To: careyb

so does this mean the dems will be looking for another former kkk leader to run for office?


4 posted on 06/28/2010 2:38:12 AM PDT by sten
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To: careyb

RIP Senator Byrd.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 2:38:47 AM PDT by Biggirl (Pray for the people and animals affected in the Gulf of Mexico by oilspill. =^..^=)
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To: careyb
For anyone wondering:


Joe Manchin, governor of West Virginia, is a DEMOCRAT.

6 posted on 06/28/2010 2:39:44 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: careyb

Hmm


7 posted on 06/28/2010 2:41:06 AM PDT by Hexenhammer (sic semper tyrannis)
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To: careyb

He could play the fiddle pretty good.


8 posted on 06/28/2010 2:41:28 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: careyb
Well as the saying goes, we should not speak evil of the recently departed, therefore, I'll wait a respectful period--maybe a week or so?--before offering my opinion!

As an aside, I just read somewhere that if he were considered unable to continue serving (which I assume his demise would be classified as such) and the Gov. appoints someone before July 3rd, that person would serve only until Nov and have to stand for special elections; if after the 3rd, that person would serve out the entire term.

Thus it will be interesting to watch the Demo-Rats at work as they try their damnedest to come up with some reason why his replacement can't be named until after the 3rd.

9 posted on 06/28/2010 2:41:51 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Joe Manchin, governor of West Virginia, is a DEMOCRAT.

Rahm's already got him on his speed dial.


10 posted on 06/28/2010 2:42:15 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

From what I understand, because Byrd died before July 3, the person the governor appoints will have to run in a special election in November. If Byrd had died after July 3, the person would serve out Byrd’s term until 2012.


11 posted on 06/28/2010 2:43:05 AM PDT by itsinthebag (E)
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To: itsinthebag

bump


12 posted on 06/28/2010 2:44:38 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: itsinthebag
Didn't know that. Thanks for the info. Let's see what happens...I think Manchin may be rolled by Hussein into appointing Valerie Jarret. < \half joke>

Seriously, though, I wonder if this is a Democrat who has the BALLS to stand up to the Prompter Punk.

13 posted on 06/28/2010 2:45:49 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Impy; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; darkangel82; Clemenza; Crichton; ...

He’s gone. Another special election will have to be held in November in a state that has gone the longest without a GOP Senator (last one elected in 1956). Will Gov. Manchin risk a backlash having himself appointed ?


14 posted on 06/28/2010 2:46:15 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: careyb

I pray for his family and the innumerable people he caused to suffer.


15 posted on 06/28/2010 2:47:16 AM PDT by The Worthless Miracle
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To: careyb

Good.


16 posted on 06/28/2010 2:47:46 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: All

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/39067.html

“If it persists, Byrd’s illness could complicate the financial reform bill’s path to President Barack Obama’s desk. Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, one of four Republicans who voted for the original bill, has said he might vote against the version that emerged from the reconciliation of the House and Senate versions because it adds a $19 billion bank tax.

Should Brown vote no and Byrd is unable to vote, it would leave the bill one vote shy of the 60 needed to close debate and move to final passage.”


17 posted on 06/28/2010 2:48:03 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (Who needs an enemy when we have Barack Obama?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Too many American Warriors unnecessarily have fallen on Byrd's watch. Everyday lately we get the news of more of those warriors falling in Afghanistan in large part because of the ROEs that dictate that they can't bring full force against suspected terrorist filth. Those ROEs exist at the behest of the CIC Maobama who had the full support of Robert C. Byrd and the rest of the human refuse that is the democrat party. Maobamacare, tax increases, decreases in our Constitutional Rights and on and on are all in place or are strongly contemplated by the democrat party of Robert C. Byrd and Akbar Hussein Maobama.

I hope the evil old bastard rots in hell.

18 posted on 06/28/2010 2:48:03 AM PDT by RushLake (Liberalism/Progressivism--Domestic terrorism financed by your tax dollars.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

He could play the fiddle pretty good.

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Actually, he did. His bluegrass music in his youth was quite decent. Should have stayed with it.


19 posted on 06/28/2010 2:53:39 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Let me be clear. The voluntary pancipation of Cinco de Quatro is mandated in all 57 states.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Kerry and Dodd will have a talk with Brown and he’ll cave. Byrd’s replacement will be a certain vote for the bill. Obama’s new tax on everyone who has a bank account will be protected.

Oh and RIP.


20 posted on 06/28/2010 2:57:14 AM PDT by Brytani (Allen West for Congress!!! Go Allen!!!! www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

Sadly it will be after the 3rd ....

That’s just this Sunday. They don’t even have to drag their feet n this one to keep his seat in rat mode.

Would be a suprise if Governor makes a choice an noob is sworn in before next Monday....


21 posted on 06/28/2010 2:57:24 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: careyb

I’ll give the devil his due - he loved his dogs.


22 posted on 06/28/2010 2:59:53 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Brytani

Is Lautenberg next?


23 posted on 06/28/2010 3:02:08 AM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: Squantos
Wait a minute, it is not about the appointment date, but the date of death correct?

They can't fudge this one if so, the people of West Virgina might raise Holy Heck if they have any Tea Party leanings. Just look what happened in Mass.....

24 posted on 06/28/2010 3:02:16 AM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: careyb

He’s got a lot of stuff in WV named after him.


25 posted on 06/28/2010 3:02:47 AM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: eCSMaster

Let’s hope.


26 posted on 06/28/2010 3:03:40 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: careyb

Good riddings to bad rubbish!


27 posted on 06/28/2010 3:10:22 AM PDT by ntmxx (I am not so sure about this misdirection!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I don’t agree. It is not healthy for the country as a whole to participate in the pretense that those who have murdered millions of babies, raided the Treasury of billions of dollars, and made life more miserable for tens of millions of Americans, while shredding the Constitution, are members of the body politic. They are alien combatants against the American people and the Constitution.

He was all of those evil things, and a gasbag extraordinaire.


28 posted on 06/28/2010 3:10:46 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: sten

If a GOP notable had been in the KKK at one time the MSM would remind us of it weekly.


29 posted on 06/28/2010 3:11:31 AM PDT by Waco
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To: Psalm 144

I understand Al Gore, Sr., the Commie from Tennessee, was good on the fiddle, and enjoyed playing at rallies. But his wife, the Dragon Lady—what was her name, “LaFonde”?—discouraged it. Too “hillbilly.” She had pretensions. Of course, Algore, doesn’t HAVE pretensions; he IS pretensions, and nothing else.

BTW: This new book, CLIMATEGATE, tells the Algore story. One of them is: Algore literally duplicated the Tea Pot Dome swindle in the 1990’s.


30 posted on 06/28/2010 3:14:48 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: careyb

For the first time in decades, there will be no former member of the Ku Klux Klan in the US Senate.

Hallelujah!

Rest in peace, Kleagle Byrd.


31 posted on 06/28/2010 3:14:54 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Republicans should campaign like Rush Limbaugh. A lot more of them would get elected.)
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To: taildragger

Hope your right......otherwise its a rat freebie appointment.


32 posted on 06/28/2010 3:15:01 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: careyb
From the New York Times obit:

Mr. Byrd’s political life could be traced to his early involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, an association that almost thwarted his career and clouded it intermittently for years afterward.

In the early 1940s, he organized a 150-member klavern, or chapter, of the Klan in Sophia, W.Va., and was chosen its leader at a meeting. After the meeting, Joel L. Baskin, the Klan’s grand dragon for the region, suggested that Mr. Byrd use his “talents for leadership” by going into politics.

“Suddenly, lights flashed in my mind!” Mr. Byrd later wrote. “Someone important had recognized my abilities.”

Mr. Byrd insisted that his klavern had never conducted white-supremacist marches or engaged in racial violence. He said in his autobiography that he had joined the Klan because he shared its anti-Communist creed and wanted to be associated with the leading people in his part of West Virginia. He conceded, however, that he also “reflected the fears and prejudices” of the time.

His opponents used his Klan membership against him during his first run for the House of Representatives in 1952; Democratic leaders urged him to drop out of the race. But he stayed in and won, then spent decades apologizing for what he called a “sad mistake.”

He went on to vote for civil rights legislation in 1957 and 1960, but when the more sweeping Civil Rights Act was before Congress in 1964, he filibustered for an entire night against it, saying the measure was an infringement on states’ rights. He backed civil rights legislation consistently only after becoming a party leader in the Senate.

33 posted on 06/28/2010 3:15:05 AM 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: careyb

RIP Senator Byrd and condolences to your family.


34 posted on 06/28/2010 3:15:45 AM PDT by publana (Time to go Galt.)
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To: Thrownatbirth
I’ll give the devil his due - he loved his dogs.

Yellow dogs!

35 posted on 06/28/2010 3:18:09 AM 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: careyb

RIP


36 posted on 06/28/2010 3:21:23 AM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, or is it Mr. Stone or Mr. Woody? Whatever, you're under arrest.)
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To: palmer

He’s got a lot of stuff in WV named after him.
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To honor all the coal miners that voted for “the One” I say lets insist the Cap and Trade bill be named after Byrd.


37 posted on 06/28/2010 3:25:22 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: careyb

Prayers for his family.

Senator Robert Byrd will live on, via countless roads, highways, hiking trails, hospitals, firehouses, court buildings, airports, docking facilities, welcome centers, exit centers, state government cafeterias, radio telescopes, microwave towers, water reservoirs, lightning arrestors, coal mines, mountain top scenic look-offs, solar panel farms, schools, day care centers, industrial parks, the infrastructure of West Virginia shall always bear his name, just the way he liked it.

Rest in Peace Senator.


38 posted on 06/28/2010 3:25:22 AM PDT by mkjessup
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

“Well as the saying goes, we should not speak evil of the recently departed .... “

another one of those BS lines I ignore, along with NOT talking about politics or religion in mixed company


39 posted on 06/28/2010 3:28:25 AM PDT by SF_Redux
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To: careyb

If The DEMOCRAT West Virginia Gov waits until July 3rd or later to declare Byrd’s seat vacant, there will not be an election to replace Byrd until 2012, and the Governor will appoint another Democrat to fill the seat.

PUT THE PRESSURE ON HIM NOW! They lose this seat if they must have a Special Election in November!


40 posted on 06/28/2010 3:29:55 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: itsinthebag

If he waits until July 3 or later to declare the seat vacant, he can APPOINT a replacement to fill out the rest of Byrd’s term.

And I’m betting the Dems will definately delay, delay, delay.


41 posted on 06/28/2010 3:31:15 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Obama White House=Tammany Hall on the National Mall)
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To: careyb

Bye Bye Byrdie.


42 posted on 06/28/2010 3:31:35 AM PDT by RatsDawg
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To: careyb
I hope he (a Democrat) made peace with The Lord about all his shortcomings, especially his KKK days.
43 posted on 06/28/2010 3:36:51 AM PDT by tobyhill
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To: careyb
Regardless what we think of him, he surely had people in his life that loved him and they are mourning for him now.

Father, we ask You in the Name of Your Son Jesus to watch over his loved ones, to comfort them as only You can. We all face loss and it wounds us deeply--by Your Strength and Mercy and Compassion we are able to endure. May a hurting heart be an open door for You, Abba, in Jesus' Precious Name. Amen.

44 posted on 06/28/2010 3:38:45 AM PDT by silent_jonny ("the multitude warned them that they should be quiet; but they cried out all the more" - Matt. 20:31)
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RIP

Who had the Dead Pool on him?
45 posted on 06/28/2010 3:41:37 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: careyb

No comment.


46 posted on 06/28/2010 3:41:55 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; All
Well, right now, West Virginia's coal country is being rocked by "Cap & Tax" with mass layoffs. The Rats will have a very hard time keeping control of Byrd's seat in the Senate if it goes to a special election in November. Even Rockefeller is under severe pressure.

Consequently, I guarantee that Rat lawyers will starting working today trying to figure out ways in which to circumvent West Virginia law.

47 posted on 06/28/2010 3:45:07 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet
Thus it will be interesting to watch the Demo-Rats at work as they try their damnedest to come up with some reason why his replacement can't be named until after the 3rd.

Considering that the 3rd is only 5 days away, that shouldn't be too difficult unless the financial reform vote depends upon it. Than we can expect a name by 5:00 p.m.

48 posted on 06/28/2010 3:45:48 AM PDT by StarFan
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Rest in Peace.

He was mocked here, many times, and perhaps rightly so. Now he is gone. Let the family mourn, let his friends cry, and let’s let him go into eternity with little rancor.

Amen. Didn't agree with his politics, but respect his years of service to our country. And he was always fun to listen to.

49 posted on 06/28/2010 3:48:55 AM PDT by rintense
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To: careyb
Pray for his soul.

I wonder what he is talking to ol' Ted Kennedy with, right about now?

NO cheers, unfortunately.

50 posted on 06/28/2010 3:49:33 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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