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Headline writers are calling Robert Byrd “the orphan who made history.” Byrd did indeed make a lot of history during his 92 years, 58 of which were spent in Congress. He was also on the wrong side of history on a wider range of issues, from race to the Reagan economic program, than just about any comparable figure of consequence.
Byrd had his admirable qualities as a defender of Senate tradition and legislative power under the Constitution; he also had the less than admirable penchant for paving West Virginia with pork. Byrd went from being a member of the Ku Klux Klan to an endorser of Barack Obama. Had he been more conservative, he probably never would have lived down the former or been a viable political figure long enough to do the latter.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online