BREAKING: Senator Robert Byrd dead at 92; conservative blogosphere reacts
posted at 8:32 am on June 28, 2010 by Cassy Fiano
Robert Byrd, the longest serving member of Congress in US history, has passed away. Byrd was 92 when he died.
I’m sorry for his family and friends. I hope they find comfort in this difficult time.
Meanwhile, let’s try to refrain from trashing Senator Byrd too much and stay respectful. This isn’t the Democratic Underground, after all. We’re above that. I will, however, leave you with what I consider to be a fitting quote from the late senator himself. When you’re listening to the fawning media coverage over Byrd’s life, remember this:
I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side… Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.
May God have mercy on his soul.
Meanwhile, here’s a blogosphere round-up of the conservative reaction to Byrd’s passing.
Don Surber’s got a nice round-up of pictures and video.
Over at Newsbusters, Tim Graham is wondering why the media is labeling Byrd a conservative now — wasn’t he the King of Pork, after all?
Stacy McCain calls Byrd “the best kind of Democrat”.
Jammie Wearing Fool wonders why the media is calling a former Klansmen the “respected voice of the Senate”.
Doug Powers, at Michelle’s place, discussed the W. Virginia Senate seat rules.
Powerline points out that Byrd was one of the last links to the history of the Democratic Party as the party of slavery, segregation, and racism.
Glenn Reynolds encourages everyone to keep a list of the hagiographers in the media who whitewash Byrd’s Klan connection.
Ed Driscoll warns everyone to get ready for the mother of all narrative struggles — MSNBC, after all, is already making the former Klansman out to be a champion of civil rights.
Confederate Yankee says that Byrd is going off to the great Klavern in the Sky.
Moonbattery sums up Byrd’s career well: “From open racism in the civil rights era, to a narcissistic obsession with having things names after himself, to destructive levels of spending in the service of vote-buying, Byrd epitomized much of the worst of the Democrat party’s tendencies.”
Newsreal is covering Byrd’s death as well, noting that not only was Byrd a Klansmen, he even became an Exalted Cyclops of his local chapter.
Gateway Pundit notes that the media is choking on his KKK past.
Chris Cillizza points out that W. Virginia will need to have a special election, but the timing of the race is still an open question.
Ed Morrissey says that its the end of an era.
John McCormack wonders who will replace the longest serving member of Congress.
Q and O questions whether his Senate seat will be rightfully declared vacant today, or if it will be declared vacant on July 3rd.