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BREAKING: Senator Robert Byrd dead at 92; conservative blogosphere reacts

posted at 8:32 am on June 28, 2010 by

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.

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“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. ”

The very next paragraph where you spew a quote nailing him as a racist is being respectful?

So f’ing hilarious.

Look at you and all the rightie blogs pretending to not trash him with their carefully worded bullsh*t. And then you throw in a meaningless, insincere garbage line about God having mercy on him or something.

Have some balls. Call him out for what he was: an unapologetic racist as*hole.

Your tapdancing is pathetic.

Dave Rywall on June 28, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Sorry, Dave. Unlike you, I see a difference between reporting the truth about his life and trashing him. If you can’t see the distinction, then that’s your problem, not mine. Go over to the DU and read any thread about Dick Cheney, George Bush, or Sarah Palin, and maybe you can figure out the difference between the two.

Cassy Fiano on June 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM

And Dick Cheney is feeling better. Kind of explains Rywall’s crankiness, doesn’t it? (giggle)

Sekhmet on June 28, 2010 at 8:48 AM

No need to trash him – simply reporting the facts is adequate condemnation.

Laura Curtis on June 28, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Cassy is right to point out the differences between what will surely be the fawning coverage offered by the left and the reminders of Byrd’s racial and political “indiscretions” offered by the right. There should be balance in the reporting of his life, which was colorful, shameful, and brilliantly skillful. However, any insistence that he was not a racist should be met with derision, as the quote cited above illustrates. Simply because he was a Democrat does not automatically disqualify him as a bigot, since one of my close friends is a staunch Democrat and also one of the most openly prejudiced people I have ever met. Byrd was the consummate politician who knew how to “bring home the bacon” to one of the poorest states in the nation, a service which will surely be missed by the people of West Virginia. However, the Obama administration’s assault on the coal industry, one of WV’s mainstays, may prove too powerful for Byrd’s successor, one who may not be tested by the crucible of Congress. Love him or hate him, he did his job well.

College Prof on June 28, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Am sorry to hear Sen. Byrd is gone and am very sorry for his family. It’s never happy to hear about someone dying no matter how many years they’ve lived. AFAIK he long ago renounced his Klan views. What I’m still unhappy he never renounced was his proabortion views. Nevertheless, he knows the truth now, and may he rest in peace.

inviolet on June 28, 2010 at 9:24 AM

May God have mercy on his soul.

Doesn’t he need one first?

Mazztek on June 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM

AFAIK he long ago renounced his Klan views.

inviolet on June 28, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Where does repeatedly uttering the phrase “white n****r” on Fox News Sunday in 2001 fit into the narrative about Byrd having ‘long ago renounced’ his racist views?

His family has my sympathies for their loss, but attempts to whitewash Senator Byrd’s personal history — as we will surely see for most of the coming week — do not honor his memory.

While I won’t go out of my way to speak ill of the dead, I also refuse to pretend this man was anything other than what he was: an unrepentant racist.

That’s my bottom line. BTW inviolet please don’t interpret my post as an attack against you, that’s not my intention. But I suspect a lot of people don’t know the truth about Senator Byrd’s history and you can bet the statist media will be doing their damnedest all week to paper over it.

Cylor on June 28, 2010 at 10:02 AM

Sorry, Dave. Unlike you, I see a difference between reporting the truth about his life and trashing him. If you can’t see the distinction, then that’s your problem, not mine. Go over to the DU and read any thread about Dick Cheney, George Bush, or Sarah Palin, and maybe you can figure out the difference between the two.

Cassy Fiano on June 28, 2010 at 8:41 AM
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You claim to be on some high road but then with an ugly wink you post this drive-by don’t shoot-the-messenger trashtalk: “When you’re listening to the fawning media coverage over Byrd’s life, remember this:” followed by a damning quote that paints Byrd as he truly is: a racist piece of sh*t. Followed up by your pathetically transparent God line as if you really give a flying f about Byrd’s soul. Spare us the garbage.

Dave Rywall on June 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM

What? No “Bye Bye Byrdie” puns?

Daggett on June 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Dave Rywall on June 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Touchy touchy, Dave. I know pissing on someone’s grave isn’t very nice, but is that what Cassy’s post really is? If she’s telling the truth, I don’t know why you’re in such a lather.

And besides, burning crosses on someone’s lawn isn’t very nice either.

gryphon202 on June 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Touchy touchy, Dave. I know pissing on someone’s grave isn’t very nice, but is that what Cassy’s post really is? If she’s telling the truth, I don’t know why you’re in such a lather.

And besides, burning crosses on someone’s lawn isn’t very nice either.

gryphon202 on June 28, 2010 at 10:08 AM
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She’s spewing the trash talk but pretending she’s above it all. It’s pathetic.

What’s not nice about pissing on someone’s grave? The slate ain’t wiped clean once you kick the bucket.

Dave Rywall on June 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

What’s not nice about pissing on someone’s grave? The slate ain’t wiped clean once you kick the bucket.

Dave Rywall on June 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

And yet, somehow you seem to wish we could gloss over the truth. Spare me the sanctimonious baloney, Dave.

gryphon202 on June 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM

And yet, somehow you seem to wish we could gloss over the truth. Spare me the sanctimonious baloney, Dave.

gryphon202 on June 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM
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What part of my post :”Call him out for what he was: an unapologetic racist as*hole” don’t you understand, clown?

Dave Rywall on June 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

What part of my post :”Call him out for what he was: an unapologetic racist as*hole” don’t you understand, clown?

Dave Rywall on June 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

That’s exactly what Cassy did. What in the bloody blue hell is so wrong with this post that upsets you?

gryphon202 on June 28, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Accurately quoting a man counts as “trash talk?”

Slublog on June 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM

What part of my post :”Call him out for what he was: an unapologetic racist as*hole” don’t you understand, clown?

Dave Rywall on June 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Ah, lying and backpedalling. It’s what you do best isn’t it?

Since when is faithfully reproducing someone’s words “pretending to not trash him”? If we were trashing him we’d just quote you, you hateful, bigoted shrivelled little monster. Go back to dkos or whatever other “non-hate” site spawned you.

fronclynne on June 28, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Hi Cassy
1. I am glad you stood up to that demented windbag Debbie Schlussel who is giving Charles Johnson and Andrew Sullivan,a run for their money as the biggest vile pussbag on the Internet.

2. As for Byrd, he was the ultimate King of Pork and a walking advertisement for term limits.

Hilts on June 28, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Meanwhile, let’s try to refrain from trashing Senator Byrd too much and stay respectful.

The truth about Byrd is far more insulting than any contrived snarky comment I could come up with anyway.

Guardian on June 28, 2010 at 5:09 PM

The truth about Byrd is far more insulting than any contrived snarky comment I could come up with anyway.

Guardian on June 28, 2010 at 5:09 PM

I think that was Cassy’s point, and probably what set Dave off too.

gryphon202 on June 28, 2010 at 8:38 PM