Friday, March 14, 2008

Robert Byrd: The Senate's Cross To Burn, Er, Bear

Rejoice, America! Our most famous elected racist is back!

Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, the longest-serving senator in history, returned to the chamber Thursday for an all-day series of votes on the federal budget.

His appearance surprised many of his colleagues given his series of hospital stays after a fall at his Virginia home last month.

Senators lined up to shake hands or share hugs with the 90-year-old chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Sitting in a wheelchair, the white-maned Democrat appeared happy to chat with his well-wishers and cast votes — loudly enough to be heard in the gallery overhead — on a series of amendments to the federal budget.

As Senate president pro tempore, Byrd is third in line for the presidency behind Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, should President Bush ever become unable to serve.
(H/T - JammieWearingFool)

Can someone 'splain this to me? A former Klansman gets handshakes and hugs from his fellow Democrats, but when Trent Lott says this about Senator Strom Thurmond:

"When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over the years, either."

He is forced to resign from his leadership positions?

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