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November 08, 2008

Robert Byrd Resigns Committee Chair - [Cuffy Meigs]

The largest hog finally takes his snout out of the largest trough, resigning his chairmanship over Pork Central the Senate Appropriations Committee:

Mr. Byrd said that the time had come for new leadership, and that he would turn over the reins of the Appropriations Committee to Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, who is next in line and who turned 84 in September. Mr. Byrd will remain a member of the committee and will continue to serve as the Senate’s president pro tempore.

...

Mr. Reid issued a statement praising the West Virginia senator who is well-known for directing untold billions in federal spending to his home state over the decades.

And then we get this standard banality:

Mr. Byrd who is serving his ninth term in the Senate, gets around the Capitol in a wheelchair, but he continues to be a formidable force and one of the most eloquent voices in the chamber, often delivering impassioned speeches that hearken to an earlier era when rhetorical flourishes were a matter of deep pride and when senators spent far more time listening to one another in person rather than monitoring floor proceedings from their office by watching C-Span.

Really?

Roll tape:


Three more eloquent and flourishing Byrd videos at my post at Perfunction, including the former Klansman's infamous "white n*gger" moment.

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