Robert Byrd, the veteran Senator from West Virginia, died early this morning at the age of 92. Byrd will go down in history for many things and I’ll let his hagiographers in the MSM tell you about all of them over the next few days.
For a countervailing view you can check Cassy Fiano’s round up or George Moneo’s post at Babalú. Pat Austin also has a profile of someone else who has lived every day with the consequences of hate and bigotry who deserves a public tribute far more, I think, than Byrd.
Me, I’m going to heed my mother’s advice about what to do when I have nothing good to say about someone. I will say this: I am very proud to live in a country where our first black President can eulogize a man who, not all that long ago, would have been quite happy to see him dancing on the end of a rope.