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Senator Robert Byrd was parliamentary genius and 'best of the old school' politicians
New York Daily News ^ | Monday, June 28th 2010 | Thomas M. Defrank

Posted on 06/28/2010 2:24:02 PM PDT by presidio9

Robert C. Byrd, the Senate's longest-serving member whose fierce reverence for the institution made him a living legend, has died at the age of 92.

The West Virginia Democrat, who was also legendary for using his seniority to steer billions of federal dollars to his state, died early Monday at a suburban Virginia hospital, a family spokesman said.

Flags at the Capitol, White House and other federal buildings were lowered to half-staff in tribute to Byrd, the Senate's president pro tem, who was third in line to the presidency after Vice President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. His desk in the Senate chamber was draped in black and adorned with a bouquet of roses when the Senate went into session Monday.

"Sen. Byrd was the anchor of the Senate," said Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. "There will never be another like him."

Byrd's death complicates passage of the landmark financial regulation reform bill President Obama hoped to sign before the Fourth of July congressional recess beginning Friday. Without Byrd's vote Democrats are at least one vote short of the 60 needed to thwart a Republican-led filibuster against the bill.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, will appoint a successor, but it isn't clear how quickly that replacement will be seated or whether a special election will be held to fill out the remainder of Byrd's term, which ends Jan. 3, 2013.

Byrd began his public career as an unabashed conservative and was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s. He renounced his brief KKK tenure as a youthful indiscretion, but in 1964 led a filibuster of the Civil Rights Act.

Over the years he moderated his political philosophy, becoming a close friend of such liberal lions as Sen. Edward Kennedy. He was a strong opponent of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

A fiery orator, Constitutional scholar and self-professed "hillbilly," Byrd had been in failing health for several years and often appeared in a wheelchair in the Senate chamber to add to his record of more than 18,500 votes cast.

Elected to an unprecedented ninth consecutive Senate term in 2006, Byrd was not only the longest-serving senator but the longest-serving member in congressional history. Before his Senate service, he served three terms in the House of Representatives.

He was a senator longer than 10 of his colleagues or President Obama have been alive.

"He held the deepest respect of members of both parties, and he was generous with his time and advice, something I appreciated greatly as a young senator," Obama said in a statement.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer eulogized Byrd as "one of the last and one of the best of the old school."

"I had the privilege to hear him at one of his last appearances when he came before the Senate Rules Committee to discourse on the filibuster just one month ago," Schumer added. "As always, his statement was passionate, erudite, balanced and electrified the room. It's a moment no one who was there will forget.

"No member knew the Senate rules better or loved the body more than Robert C. Byrd. We miss him already."

Secretary of State Clinton called Byrd "a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility" and recalled that after the 9/11 attacks, Byrd approached then-Sen. Clinton and told her, "Think of me as the third senator from New York."

Byrd was a parliamentary genius whose knowledge of the Senate's arcane and complex rules made him a powerful and effective majority leader for six years.

Later, his chairmanship of the powerful Appropriations Committee ensured a steady stream of federal pork to West Virginia. Dozens of those roads, courthouses, public works projects and federal centers bear his name.


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1 posted on 06/28/2010 2:24:06 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
Byrd began his public career as an unabashed conservative and was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s.

Cute the way the author equates conservatism with Klan membership.

2 posted on 06/28/2010 2:26:17 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: presidio9

Can’t wait for this years state of the union address.


3 posted on 06/28/2010 2:26:47 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: presidio9

And politicians like him do untold damage to this Great Nation.


4 posted on 06/28/2010 2:28:23 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: presidio9

“Sen. Byrd was the anchor of the Senate,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. “There will never be another like him.”

Anchor, nice one Harry. This is the first time I actually believe Harry is telling the truth.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 2:29:02 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Fresh Wind

Byrd was always a Democrat this writer tries to lie his way through this!


6 posted on 06/28/2010 2:29:10 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: presidio9

His real name was Cornelius Calvin Sale and he was abandoned by his father who then devoted himself full time to trying to invent a perpetual motion machine. The boy was raised by relatives named Byrd.

His daughter Mona is married to Mohammed Fatemi.


7 posted on 06/28/2010 2:31:07 PM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: presidio9

Trivia for his obituary::

His real name was Cornelius Calvin Sale and he was abandoned by his father who then devoted himself full time to trying to invent a perpetual motion machine. The boy was raised by relatives named Byrd.

His daughter Mona is married to Mohammed Fatemi.


8 posted on 06/28/2010 2:32:19 PM PDT by Malesherbes (Sauve qui peut)
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To: presidio9

Also the longest-serving *parasite* living off tax dollars but the author couldn’t manage to get that part in.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 2:32:26 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: presidio9

“No member knew the Senate rules better or loved the body more than Robert C. Byrd. We miss him already.”

Like I miss my cancerous testicle...

Byrd began his public career as an unabashed racist democrat and was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s. He renounced his KKK tenure a as a KLAN LEADER , but in 1964 led a filibuster of the Civil Rights Act.

Fixed it for them.


10 posted on 06/28/2010 2:32:39 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

He was a knot tying wizard as well....at least at his night job.


11 posted on 06/28/2010 2:35:55 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: presidio9

I think Reverend Wright ought to give the sermon. He can praise the man who served in the senate and the “US KKK America”.

Dims sure have hypocrisy down to an art.


12 posted on 06/28/2010 2:38:05 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est)
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To: Fresh Wind

Yea a conservative that voted for the intolerable act of abomination(health-care). ROLF


13 posted on 06/28/2010 2:40:05 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Fresh Wind
Interesting. Bob was first elected (as a Democrat) to the WV state legistlature in 1946, when he was still an active member of the KKK, accoring to the article. Twenty years later he was still enough of a racist to oppose Civil Rights and vote against the confirmation of LBJ appointee Thurgood Marshall. Twenty Five years later, he felt comfortable enough in his transformation to not only vote against Clarence Thomas (making him the only senator to oppose both nomintations of black justices). Thomas called byrd a racist to his face. In 2003 the transformation was complete when the NA(some)CP gave Byrd a 100% approval people.

I won't say I'm glad Robert Byrd is dead, but I'm sure glad I don't have to watch liberals hold their noses and kiss his ass anymore.

14 posted on 06/28/2010 2:40:22 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Fresh Wind

Gee, I wonder when the History Channel will present “Robert C. Byrd, the White Hood Years?”


15 posted on 06/28/2010 2:40:49 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: equalitybeforethelaw
Anchor, nice one Harry. This is the first time I actually believe Harry is telling the truth.

I can't wait for November, when President Obama is thanking Senator Reid for his "service" to the nation.

16 posted on 06/28/2010 2:42:35 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Malesherbes

The Fatemis have a lineage well established it seems.

Byrd had two children, Mona Byrd Fatemi and Marjorie Byrd Moore; two sons-in-law, Mohammad Fatemi and Jon Moore; five living grandchildren, Erik Byrd Fatemi, Darius Fatemi, and Fredrik Fatemi, Mona Moore, and Mary Anne Moore, and one deceased, Michael Moore; and six great-grandchildren, Caroline Byrd Fatemi, Kathryn James Fatemi, Anna Cristina Fatemi, Michael Yoo Fatemi, Emma James Clarkson, and Hannah Byrd Clarkson.[6]

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


17 posted on 06/28/2010 2:43:46 PM PDT by deport
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To: chris_bdba

See post 14


18 posted on 06/28/2010 2:44:01 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: Malesherbes
Trivia for his obituary::

Thanks, but I read post 7 so I already knew all of this.

19 posted on 06/28/2010 2:45:40 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does)
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To: presidio9

I’ll say I’m glad he’s dead, my only regret is
that he wasn’t Hanged first.


20 posted on 06/28/2010 2:49:25 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: presidio9
Hey check out a website I found: The Political Graveyard

They claim to be:

The Internet's Most Comprehensive Source of U.S. Political Biography,
or,
The Web Site That Tells Where the Dead Politicians are Buried
So here's a link to their section on politicians who were in the KKK: Graveyard: Ku Klux Klan, politicians

Notice a trend? Not that this would surprise anyone here.

Anyway, an interesting website to check out concerning past politicians.

21 posted on 06/28/2010 3:14:41 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Fresh Wind

“Cute the way the author equates conservatism with Klan membership.”

The Marxists infesting universities have been writing revisionist history like that for years. The people who started the KKK are “conservatives.” The democrats who imposed Jim Crow were “conservatives.” The democrats who manned the hoses at Selma were “conservatives.” And now the idiot scribblers in the propaganda press are picking up the lie. Next it will spread to public schools.


22 posted on 06/28/2010 3:31:05 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: presidio9

the anchor of the Senate..

High Praise from the ‘millstone of the Senate’


23 posted on 06/28/2010 3:42:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Where was Byrd’s military service resume from WWII. Another Rat draft dodger like slick Willy?


24 posted on 06/28/2010 3:47:58 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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....and his family...on his website...and you wonder why he supported zero.....

Senator Byrd has been blessed with a loving family, including two daughters, Mrs. Mohammad (Mona Byrd) Fatemi and Mrs. Jon (Marjorie Byrd) Moore; six grandchildren: Erik, Darius, and Fredrik Fatemi; Michael Moore (deceased), Mona Byrd Moore Pearson, and Mary Anne Moore Clarkson; five great granddaughters: Caroline Byrd Fatemi; Kathryn James Fatemi, and Anna Cristina Honora Fatemi; Emma James Clarkson and Hannah Byrd Clarkson; and two great grandsons, Michael Yoo Fatemi and James Matthew Fatemi.


25 posted on 06/28/2010 3:52:50 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..)
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To: presidio9
Boy, did he have those minorities fooled!


26 posted on 06/28/2010 4:02:10 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple, fight or die.)
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To: presidio9
Senator Robert Byrd was a recruiter for the Klan while in his 20s, rising to the title of Kleagle in the Knights of the White Camelia branch of the Klan. He was very proficient at spending large amounts of other people's money on monuments, buildings, bridges and the like which bore his name and/or those of his wife. He loved the sound of his own voice.

I like to think that many years ago there was a place in the afterlife reserved for him.

27 posted on 06/28/2010 4:14:49 PM PDT by Mobties
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To: presidio9
Senator Robert Byrd was a recruiter for the Klan while in his 20s, rising to the title of Kleagle in the Knights of the White Camelia branch of the Klan. He was very proficient at spending large amounts of other people's money on monuments, buildings, bridges and the like which bore his name and/or those of his wife. He loved the sound of his own voice.

I like to think that many years ago there was a place in the afterlife reserved for him.

28 posted on 06/28/2010 4:15:05 PM PDT by Mobties
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To: presidio9

Crook!


29 posted on 06/28/2010 7:17:26 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: presidio9
...'best of the old school' politicians

Wow. What a damning indictment.

30 posted on 06/29/2010 6:01:37 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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Anyone ever seen a dollar amount given for the pork that Byrd brought home to WV over the course of his career?

I'm just curious.

31 posted on 06/29/2010 6:06:28 AM PDT by mewzilla (Still voteless in NY-29. Over 250 roll call votes missed and counting...)
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