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For Obama, Byrd in Hand

Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) for the Democratic presidential nomination today, calling Obama "a shining young statesman, who possesses the personal temperament and courage necessary to extricate our country from this costly misadventure in Iraq."

In addition to fueling Obama's momentum, this is primarily interesting for two reasons:

1) Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) beat Obama in West Virginia just last week by a whopping 41 points. Some superdelegates who were on the sidelines made a point of saying they would respect the choice of their constituents. Byrd, obviously, went the other way. He's 90 years old and not on the ballot again until 2012, so there wasn't much for him to lose here anyway.

2) Byrd has in recent months battled speculation that he's no longer capable of doing his job as Senate Appropriations Committee chairman because of his age and ongoing health problems. In addition to getting back in the news with this endorsement, Byrd will also see his handiwork -- the Iraq supplemental bill -- on the Senate floor this week. The nonagenarian handled the committee's markup of the bill himself last week. Will he play a big role in shepherding the bill on the floor? Or will another member of the Appropriations panel shoulder the load? Either way, it's shaping up to be a momentous week for the West Virginian.

By Ben Pershing  |  May 19, 2008; 2:22 PM ET
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No doubt the spin-meisters in the Clinton campaign will claim that Byrd's endorsement of Obama is actually a victory for the lady! Her campaign has long been scripted by an intellectual descendent of Lewis Carroll.

Posted by: casandra1 | May 19, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

With Sen. Byrd's endorsement, Sen. Obama's campaign has come full circle for obvious historical reasons. Thank you Sen. Byrd.

Obama '08

Posted by: ovwong | May 19, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Dear Fellow Americans,

Our Great-grand Nation, the United States of America
is facing and will face very critical and substantial
"Challenges" in coming, months, years, and decades to

It is very essential that we pick out our next
President keeping in mind the following criteria.

1. A candidate who has a clear and candid " Vision
and Mission" for our Nation.

2. A candidate with " Strong Character and Stable
Integrity" in-spite of adversity during primary
election process.

3. A candidate with sound and sustained
"Presidential Temperament" and
" Judgment".

4. A candidate with little "Washington exposure"
and "real connectedness with people and future

5. A candidate who "Inspires us up" rather than
"Tears us Down".

6. A candidate not based on sexism,
racism,regionalism,and ageism.

In my professional, political and personal opinion,
the only candidate who meets the all above
characteristics and has shown constant and consistent
coolness, calmness, and connectedness { PRESIDENTIAL
TEMPERAMENT } is Senator Barrack Obama.

As an independent registered voter since 1980. I voted
for Carter, voted for Reagan, voted for First Bush,
and second Bush in 2000 and In the process last
interest in Washington politics and I
stopped voting. Getting disinterested and disgusted in
our political process and stopping voting that was a
bad decision in any circumstance, particularly under
present circumstances.

This time we can not afford to stay on side lines and
let "Washington" stay the same.We can not afford our
Greatgreat Nation to become less than what we are,
what we were and what we can be?

We need to send clear, careful and candid message to
the world and some time 24 hour partisan hateful media
to set the agenda for our future.

These partisan media outlets are trying to deprive,
dupe, and derail us and our Nation getting it right
this time.

These partisan media and pundits are trying their best
to deny us better future and continue focus our
weaknesses and generate bitter future for us and our
Greatgrand Nation. { Our Greatgrand Nations people
are persistently and constantly subjected to this
Psychological Terrorism" without our knowledge. The
common and regular people do not have time to see
and sort thru this psychological terrorism perpetuated
by these partisan media outlets.

We the Americans should not and would not to allow
these partisan media outlets psychologically
terrorized, traumatized and silence us this time and
any time in future.

I am sure that we will get it right this
time and elect Senator Obama our next President.

Let us remember that our Greatgrand is constituted of
family, friends,fellowships, faith, funds,foundation,
fun, and future with fairness and freedom and without
fear or favor.

We can not afford to lose any of above. Let us stand
up, be counted, save, build our Greatgrand Nation for
centuries to come and regain our world economic,
moral, and power status back.

God Bless our Great grand Nation and its diverse

Our Greatgrand nation needs present and future
stability, security, safety,sustained progress and
restoration of our due status in this perilous Global
World at the all levels.

Yours sincerely,

COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall M.D.
Forensic Psychiatrist.
Disables American Veteran.
Las Vegas Nevada.
Cell: 951-505-6975

Posted by: COl. [retd] A.M.Khajawall MD | May 19, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I admire the integrity of Senator Byrd. He spoke against rushing to war, and votes his conscience now (regardless of the way his state voted), as he should. Obama is going to win the nomination. Now is the time for Obama supporters to show respect to the Clinton team. No one is stealing the race from Clinton, and if the reverse happened and Clinton got the nomination, no one would have stolen it from Obama. Both are terrific candidates, both deserving to win. Unfortunately, only one will. Hillary deserves your admiration.

Posted by: Gene Smith | May 19, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd is sucking up so he can keep all of his precious ear-marks. He saw all those taxpayer $$$$ going away because his state is full of rednecks.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone really expect him to endorse a woman?

Posted by: Elinda | May 19, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Truly noteworthy. A former KKK leader in a state still stuck in time, as it pertains to race relations. This is significant and historic.

Posted by: tydicea | May 19, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Thank God.

Posted by: Chip | May 19, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Judy | May 19, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, A.M.Khajawall... I agree with you and all, but... do you know how few people actually read the long-long copy-and-paste posts like yours? Uhm, nobody. Couldja tone it down a tad? Yay Obama, and all that, sure.

Posted by: Gene | May 19, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd, thank you for making this historic and principled choice. The times, they are a'changing!

Posted by: Black and Bitter like Coffee | May 19, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

After hearing the racist remarks from the Hillary supporters in WVa last week, it is good to hear that Byrd is not swayed by such illogical, stupid, hatred!

Congratulations Senator.

Posted by: Limey | May 19, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

He is such a wonderful man. HE and he alone makes me proud to be a West Virginian. His integrity and strength as a leader is truly unique and hard to find these days. GOD BLESS YOU, Mr. Byrd!!!!!

Posted by: Pam | May 19, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

God bless him! Obama had some interesting comments on him in the Audacity of Hope!

Yes We/He Can!!
Senior Women for Obama

Posted by: Paulet | May 19, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Yet another nail in the coffin of the Democratic Party. Who knew Byrd was still alive?

Posted by: FDR | May 19, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Byrd is still going to hell for being a Klansman.

Posted by: Chief Two Dogs | May 19, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

byrd for Obama -- this is another strong reason for NObama. With the Rev Wright and KKK Byrd in your camp, who needs enemies.

Posted by: yikes | May 19, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

A.M.Khajawall... I agree with you.
thank you for saying it so heart felt.

Posted by: theteach | May 19, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Senator Byrd!

Posted by: ericmiami | May 19, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The old bird . . . uh, Byrd . . . surely must be set to retire. Why else would he so easily abandon the voters in my state who put him in the Senate. We made clear we prefer Clinton and he couldn't care less. I guess he's done with us, so why not grab a few headlines before heading to the rest home. Shameful.

Posted by: WV-DC | May 19, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm for Obama, but I never trusted Byrd. He'd do anything to steal as much tax revenue as he could for his bass-ackward state. We should kick WVA out of the Union.

Posted by: melanie | May 19, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

From a former Mountaineer...
Thank you, Senator Byrd.

Posted by: cynthia g | May 19, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

And to "Limey," as I've said before it is not because Obama is black that I'm not supporting him; it is because he is green (as in wet behind the ears). Once again West Virginia is the victim of shallow and stereotypical characterization by the media.

Posted by: WV-DC | May 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It will be the greatest tragedy for our nation if Hillary does not shut up and make room for a Democrat to become president. She wants McCain to win because then she can go for 2012, it is so obvious and sickening--the Clinton trademark. I am a older white woman and would vote for her if I thought she was anything but a disturber---but we need Obama to try and fix our country and refind our way in the world.

Posted by: jan | May 19, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Is West Virginia the most uneducated, backwards, and mean spirited state in the country?? Of course it is.

However, this isn't about how horrible and embarrassing the people of West Virginia are. It's about a significant endorsement, in both a historic and symbolic sense. It's also about a senator looking after long term interests within his own state.

I do indeed believe this particular endorsement is newsworthy. I voted for Bush twice, but for me to vote for McCain he'd have to lay out exactly who his economic advisors are, and I'd have to fully respect their long range monetary policies ahead of time. This may well be Obama's race to lose...

Posted by: John B. | May 19, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Byrd Endorses Obama.........................

Senator Byrd was in the KKK,

Now he endorses BaracK,

GO U S A !

Posted by: James | May 19, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Why is this guy not listening to the voting public of his home state?

WV voters take note, remove this guy in the next election...

Hillary or Republican

Posted by: Obvious | May 19, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Byrds endorsement gives me hope that every bitter avowed racist can be reformed and do what is right for their country. This is what the American dream is all about, now if you other people in west va would follow your estemmeed leader and act like Americans, we could advance King's dream of a society where people are judged on character and not color. In a contest based on character, the Clinton's would not even be allowed to run.

Posted by: chrisc | May 19, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Say no to Osama! Obama! And Chelsea's momma!


Posted by: greattshirt | May 19, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

In a contest based on experience, Barack Hussein Obama would not be allowed to run...

It goes both ways.

Posted by: Obvious | May 19, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Jan, if you and the other Obama supports can't understand that if Obama wins the nomination he will need Hillary Clinton's supporters to win the election you aren't doing your candidate a favor.

More comments like yours will ensure that Clinton supporters stay home or vote for McCain and that will be a sad day for the Democrats.

It is tiring to see the hatred continue to spew from Obama supporters like Jan. Let us understand that Hillary Clinton has had more people mark a ballot for her than any previous primary candidate in history. I am not saying that the Florida or Michigan ballots will count to the nomination but the fact is those people voted and they voted for Hillary.

So it is time to cut the venom if you want Obama to have a chance of winning in November. Time to stop calling the Clintons and their supporters racists and time to stop making yourselves look bad by spewing these noxious fumes.

I am a Clinton supporter who intends to vote for Obama if he is the candidate, but keep it up and even I may change my mind.

Posted by: peter | May 19, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Great Shirt,

You should be wholly ashamed - you're lucky you can hide behind an e-mail. No matter who one is for in this next presidential presidential race, to make a comment comparing any of the candidates to Bin Laden - shows your an idiot!!

This is America - freedom of speech. It's ashamed we have to have idiots like you. Maybe you should go hide away with George W. after he decends into the dregs of long lost history.

Posted by: Sam G. | May 19, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Hold on, Hillary still has a chance!

About the same odds as a three-legged horse winning the Triple-Crown; not entirely impossible! lol

Posted by: Bob | May 19, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

In terms of a national leader, give me character over experience any day. dExperience can be acquired on the job as in every other profession, but you either have character or you don't, as was proven by the current administration. We had two presidents in the 20th century who were Obama's age, John Kennedy and Bill Clinton. Despite the short time of his presidency Kennedy did relatively well and inspired a whole generation. The only thing that detracts from Bill Clinton is the continuous scandals that plagued his administration and his wife. Those trying to use age and experience as a litmus test for Obama's viability, come again. Say what you really mean.

Posted by: str8talk | May 19, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The most admirable qualities I saw in both Malcolm X and Bibby Kennedy was their ability to recognize their flaws and fix them. Malcolm X evolved from the "whites are the devil" NOI spokesman to become a universalist, and Bobby Kennedy changed from the hateful, defeat-your-enemies-at-all costs Hillary Clinton prototype into a caring, thoughtful human being.

Robert Byrd has also made that journey. I always remebered him for the Klansman that he was. But he's gone 180 degrees. His endorsement of Obama is proof of that. (Maybe Clinton's hardowking white people remark reminded him of the bigot he USED to be, and he decided, those days are past, and deservedly so. Sad days indeed when the Senator from New York is the race-baiter, and the Senator from West Virginia is the conciliator. Or maybe -- like everyone else who actually has met and worked with Sen. Obama -- he's come to know him as a thoroughly decent human being, something that no one outside of the Clinton family has said about Hillary.)

If you want people to change, to improve themselves, you need to give recognition and praise when they do that. So I commend Sen. Byrd for his journey from bigotry and racism. I hope many of the posters who still think it funny or otherwise personally satisfying to engage in hate will someday see the light. Life is like a buffet; if you restrict your choices to the familiar, you'll miss out on some tasty experiences.

Posted by: gbooksdc | May 19, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

He IS a shining young statesman. He is luminous and lovely and full of excellence. He is a gift to the times which means we need to step up and deliver on his promises. We need to be that good. We need to transcend some of our unconsciousness and darkness of times past. Really speaking, that's what inspired leadership is for.

Posted by: Gaias Child | May 19, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Alleged Clinton supporters who say they'll vote for McCain are not Democratic Party people. Don't let the door hit them in the butt on the way out, they'll need to take all their hate with them.

Posted by: Luke | May 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Alleged Clinton supporters who say they'll vote for McCain are not Democratic Party people. Don't let the door hit them in the butt on the way out, they'll need to take all their hate with them.

Posted by: Luke | May 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Alleged Clinton supporters who say they'll vote for McCain are not Democratic Party people. Don't let the door hit them in the butt on the way out, they'll need to take all their hate with them.

Posted by: Luke | May 19, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

What I really mean is, I don't want an inexperienced child running my country.

Children and 9th district leaning kooks aren't going to elect the next leader, Reagan democrats are. Heck, even McCain is more centrist than him.

Keep your racially probing comments to yourself, I could be purple with stripes for all you know.

Posted by: Obvious | May 19, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I love Bird. wish the country listened to him before Irag.

Thanks for Supporting OBAMA
115 to 2025 Delegates and Nomintation

Posted by: BIRD LOVER | May 19, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the closing act of the Obama-Mama-Drama!

It's been entertaining!

Now sashay on back to NY Hillary; time to catch-up on your conning there!

Posted by: Bob | May 19, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Just last week, after the WVa primary, many Obamba supporters here were quite happy to excuse Hillary's win by bringing up Sen. Byrd in a derogatory manner, of course bringing up his past KKK association.

I suppose you'll now be calling on your candidate to reject Byrd's endorsement, right?

Posted by: hitpoints | May 19, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Byrd died several years ago. Its a modern day "Weekend at Bernies". Byrd was a klan member. If he were alive, he would never endorse Obama.

Posted by: Big Jake | May 19, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Hmm... Senator Byrd chooses Obama. Seems like a lot of older guys have endorsed Obama. Young ones too, but quite a few old guys.

So why do so many freepers talk about Obama not being ready? What do these truck drivers and hog farmers know that Senator Byrd, Kennedy, etc. etc. don't know?

Posted by: Martiniano | May 19, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Obvious - what are you trying to say? Are you confused? Lost? Do you know what year it is? I hope your family finds you and leads you home.

Your days are over. McSame will not be elected. Obama will be the next president unless you and your kind murder him - in God's name no doubt.

Posted by: Michael | May 19, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd's endorsement of Obama is not a surprise. Given his stand in 2003 against the invasion of Iraq he could hardly have endorsed warmongering Hillary.

Posted by: Mike | May 19, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

No way Byrd would have endoresed a woman.

On the other had, a notable choice considering his past.

I'm sure the Clinton campaign will claim that they actually recieved Byrd's endorsement; if you play the record backwards, then translate into French, Byrd appears to indicate an endorsement for Sen. Clinton. So there, the race isn't over yet!

Posted by: Tim | May 19, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"Why is this guy not listening to the voting public of his home state?"

That is why we have a republic in the USA and not a democracy. A republic is a system that elects a representative and the representative votes however he wishes. The founding fathers set this system up because they did not trust the vote of the common people, as can be illustrated by the rednecks of West Virginia.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

did byrd, previously a kkk grand dragon, call little hussein a nig**r? he likes that word and has even used it on the floor of the senate.
but byrd is a dem so they forgave him and said he comes from a different time. what would they say if it was a republican that said it?
i remember when someone used the word niggardly - different word - different meaning - but the blacks went nuts. they wanted heads to roll.
so what about little hussein? i see we cant talk about his wife now. how she thinks America is mean country and how she was never proud of America until her husband got this far in his campaign. she wants to be the first lady of America and she sat for 10 years in wrights church and listened to his hate America, hate whites, hate jews, hate israel, and pro islamic statements along with her husband and EVEN HAD HER CHILDREN LISTEN TO THAT HATE!
so we cant talk about little husseins middle name, his race, his politics, his foreign policy statements, his griendships with a murdering terrorist, his desire to give us communism instead of capitalism, nothing at all.
we are supposed to stand mute - well its not going to happen now or ever.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Super Delegates "should" follow the lead of Pledged Delegates. Super Delegates however; are "Independent" and may back the most electable candidate. The True Statesman Senator Robert Byrd of West Virgina has spoken and people listen. Congratulations Obama campaign and Thank You Senator Byrd for your service to our country.

Posted by: Fareed | May 19, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Having seen a number of the comments here approved to be posted, I'm abhored by the editorial oversight of this site.

Apparently West Virginians are the only valid recipients of hate speech now (well, along with Sen Byrd), and even approved of by national newspapers.

I applaud you, Washington Post.

Posted by: David of Harvard | May 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

To the Clinton Supporters:

Please be patient with the Obama supporters. It was a hard fought campaign and the Clinton camp said a lot of things about Obama that could be considered WAY over the top. So some people are just venting looking to Obama's likely victory. (Although admittedly some are just being jerks about it...)

Throughout the process, I thought that Obama himself has tried to be very respectful of Hillary. Even in the face of some very harsh criticism. (I personally thought that her "hard-working Americans" comment was beneath her) He passed up many opportunities to respond in kind.

So again, please be patient. If he does get the nomination, the focus will quickly shift to November and comments about Hillary will cease.

Posted by: Jay | May 19, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Michael, here's a clue. He was just in Michigan the other day courting voters in the birthplace of the term, "Reagan democrat" and it's 2008 buy a calendar.

Next time google Obama and Reagan democrat, before you post goofy meaningless comments.

Now shut up, and let the adults talk...

Posted by: Obvious | May 19, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"That is why we have a republic in the USA and not a democracy. A republic is a system that elects a representative and the representative votes however he wishes. The founding fathers set this system up because they did not trust the vote of the common people, as can be illustrated by the rednecks of West Virginia."

Doesn't change the fact that democrats in the state voted for HRC by a landslide. He should be held accountable by the voters should he run again.

Posted by: MeToo | May 19, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Another nail in Hillary's campaign coffin.

Posted by: DWayne | May 19, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Byrd is a strict Constitutionalist. Sen. Clinton is not. Sen. Byrd pointed out to Sen. Clinton that the Founding Fathers did not want a Monoarchy and so divided responsibilities. In particular, the responsibility to declare war was not to be the "kings" nor delegated to the "idiot king" by the "cowards" in the Congress.

However, Sen. Byrd failed to convince Sen. Clinton because she was afraid it might detour her Presidential Plans for 08. With lives on the line and perhaps a presidency in the future, she gave her responsibilities to the idiot-king & ran away. And so, Sen. Clinton should show no surprise that Sen. Byrd still considers her a coward. No Surprise at All.

Posted by: will | May 19, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Damn glad I'm not the only one in WV that has some sense and backs Obama!

Posted by: ThankYouByrd! | May 19, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

To obvious:

Hitler had a system where if he told a lie long enough it went from the big lie to being considered true. Hillary is doing that with this experience myth. Unless being wife of the president counts she has less elected political experience than Sen. Obama and he ha more than her husband had when he ran for Pres. if you value first lady experience over State Representative experience then perhaps you are right. But that is like saying. Robin Givens is better qualified to be heavyweight boxing champ than a young fighter because she was married to Mike Tyson.

Posted by: chris c | May 19, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Byrd was joined by such as Sens. Kennedy and Boxer in voting against the horrible Iraq War Resolution. Clinton and Edwards, in a large group of military panderers, voted for it. Big mistake. Edwards was big enough to admit. Hillary was not. Here's the result.

Tomorrow night, Obama will have earned by hard work against a powerful political machine that was said to be unbeatable, a majority of the elected delegates. He is ahead in superdelegates. Only about 30-35 superdelegates remain between him and nomination.

I'm betting that he'll get most of them before June 3 and the rest the day after.

June 4 will be Obama nomination day.

Will Hillary concede? After all, she could get lots of delegates (of both types) to change their votes before the convention. If she does not concede, she should be drummed out of the party.

Note well that her loss is her fault. BTW, I probably would be supporting Barbara Boxer over Barack Obama were she running. This is not about gender.

Posted by: Harry, Los Angeles, CA | May 19, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOHOOOOOO!!!! C'mon Obama!! We've got McCain talking Bush talk over here! It's time for something else! He is NOT what This Country needs this time around!

Go Obama!! '08!

Thank you Mr. Byrd!!

Posted by: Obama2008 | May 19, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

This is not a surprise. The Establishment has been for Obama since the start. What is most puzzling is the complete reversal of roles - Establishment candidate versus the Outside Beltway candidate - remember Obama running against the "old Washington"? Now how much more older than Bird, Kennedy, Kerry, Leahy?
How much more establishment than Union leadership?
Now look at the facts -
1. Kennedy-Kerry for Obama but masses for Clinton.
2. Union leaders for Obama in Nevada but membership for Clinton
3. Teamster leadership for Obama in Ohio but membership for Clinton
4. United Auto leadership for Obama in Indiana but membership for Clinton
5. Bird for Obama but masses for Clinton

So who is anti-establishment, "change" candidate? Obviously Clinton!

Posted by: Jaque | May 19, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd has been fighting against racism for decades. Here's three paragraphs from Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope" when he first met Senator Byrd:

Listening to Senator Byrd I felt with full force all the essential contradictions of me in this new place, with its marble busts, its arcane traditions, its memories and its ghosts. I pondered the fact that, according to his own autobiography, Senator Byrd had received his first taste of leadership in his early twenties, as a member of the Raleigh County Ku Klux Klan, an association that he had long disavowed, an error he attributed--no doubt correctly--to the time and place in which he'd been raised, but which continued to surface as an issue throughout his career.

I thought about how he had joined other giants of the Senate, like J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and Richard Russell of Georgia, in Southern resistance to civil rights legislation. I wondered if this would matter to the liberals who now lionized Senator Byrd for his principled opposition to the Iraq War resolution--the crowd, the heirs of the political counterculture the senator had spent much of his career disdaining.

I wondered if it should matter. Senator Byrd's life--like most of ours--has been the struggle of warring impulses, a twining of darkness and light. And in that sense I realized that he really was a proper emblem for the Senate, whose rules and design reflect the grand compromise of America's founding: the bargain between Northern states and Southern states, the Senate's role as a guardian against the passions of the moment, a defender of minority rights and state sovereignty, but also a tool to protect the wealthy from the rabble, and assure slaveholders of noninterference with their peculiar institution.

Stamped into the very fiber of the Senate, within its genetic code, was the same contest between power and principle that characterized America as a whole, a lasting expression of that great debate among a few brilliant, flawed men that had concluded with the creation of a form of government unique in its genius--yet blind to the whip and the chain.

Dallas, TX

Posted by: John | May 19, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Just another very old Democratic fossil showing us how complete his dementia is. Just as bad as Mr. Obama whining after bringing his wife to play in the game and then telling us we can't pick on her. Both of you gentlemen need to just sit down and shut up before they really figure out how unfit for office you both are.

A fourty year democrat tired of all the poor cadidates being push upon us by a very dead party.

Kenndy - the man who gave us Vietnam!
Johnson - frieghtened by the mess he created and then ran away.
Carter - Unfit to ever even visit the Oval Office.

Clinton - The Lounge Lizard President.

Can you try a little harder to give us some body better then a B movie actor.

George Bush senior lost becaused he belived that the American People where smart enough to see what Mr. Bill really was. A lounge Lizard Snake oil salesman.

Why do the good ones not make it to swearing in.

Posted by: Dickh | May 19, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

What took you so long Sen. Byrd. I think its great that a former klansman can endorse Obama. I wonder how many black folks he hanged in the old days?

Posted by: donmac | May 19, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I cannot say it often enough!

Remember dear Ladies and all Democrats,

Common interest. Common ground.

Alternative (and Yes, Ms. Ferraro, this is where your logic would lead us):
Four more years of being "BUSHED" (on economics, health care, the Iraq War, general foreign policy and the Supreme Court) if McClone is elected.

The choice is ours. Our children will reap whatever we decide!

Posted by: Vgirl1 | May 19, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Reality strikes West Virginia as Senator Byrd declares his support and super delegate vote for Senator Obama.

Delusion and fantasy continue to lead the Hillary campaign into the wilderness. When Hillary finally confronts reality, will anyone care?

Posted by: svbreeder | May 19, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I'll say it for you... Neither is a particularly good candidate.

I think senators should have a minimum amount of experience and have finished at least one term before running. Too often politically minded individuals purposely pad their voting record in a calculating way so as not to appear controversial or burn any bridges with their party, but at the same time make it look like they are doing something to justify their office.

Case in point, old senators don't run for President, and those that do, very often have their voting record turned against them...

I would argue that BHO has done this to a larger degree than HRC. However, HRC making an appearance like an opportunistic carpet bagger in NYS certainly seems pretty calculating also.

Mike Tyson, Robin Givens and Hitler in the same post? I see what you're saying, but the skill of punching someones face is a little more specific than say, voting on border control, Iraq and the economy.

One requires only that you be a living, breathing individual, as evidenced by Byrd's shortsighted exercise today.

Posted by: Obvious | May 19, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

This is significant also because Byrd was Hillary's mentor in the Senate. I am sure it is a disappointment. Nonetheless, Byrd did the right thing: it's time for democrats to unite and turn our attention to beating McCain. Thank you Byrd.

Posted by: mel | May 19, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

(CNN) -- Warren Buffett, a longtime friend of both Hillary and Bill Clinton, told CNN Monday Barack Obama would be his choice for the next President of the United State

Posted by: theykeepcoming | May 19, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

West Virginia's voters overwhelming voted for Clinton but their senile old KKK leader endorses Obama. Makes perfect sense.

Posted by: Why Is Byrd Still A Senator | May 19, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the poster who said Senator Byrd has made a journey from his earlier views. And please reference the late Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, who also was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. See one of many Internet sources on Black and his association with the Klan at

Let's see, Black was one of the Supreme Court votes to desegregate schools and to recognize First Amendment Rights. How long, folks, are you going to hang these older associations over people's heads if they no longer are valid? Is there a statute of limitations here, or will Senator Byrd forever be labeled?

The KKK is as evil as it can be, and I grew up a white person in 1950s Mississippi, where it certainly flourished. But things and people do change. I hope with all my heart that this process is continuing to occur in my home state and other places like it.

Posted by: Pam | May 19, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see one racist supporting another.

Posted by: Toxic Avenger | May 19, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

casandra1 - You insult Lewis Carroll.

Posted by: JC | May 19, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

In a contest based on experience, Barack Hussein Obama would not be allowed to run...

^^^ and nor would Clinton.

Posted by: J.N. | May 19, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Toxic Brain, Obama is a racist now? Against which half of his ancestors? Man, people will pull any reason out of their rear to insult him... none of which are based in reality. He must be doing something right to piss off so many hateful people.

Posted by: JC2 | May 19, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

This just amplified the "gap" between "Washington Democrats" and the rest of the Democratic party.

Senator Byrd's state voted 67% to 26% for Senator Clinton. But the "Washington Democrat" Senator Byrd endorses the loser in his state.

Plus, everybody knows that Obama can not win in November. So why these "Washinton Democrats" insisted on defying the wills of the Democratic voters? The answer is simple: These "Washington Democrats" are the kind of Democrats we want to get ride of in the coming elections - politicians who lost touch with the middle America.

After the "Obama disaster" in November, it's time to clean house!!!

Posted by: GY | May 19, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

One of the Great Things man learns in his aging years is love and honesty.

A man like Senator Byrd has lived long enough to see himself and others in the light of time.

Congratulations Mr Byrd for loving your State and Honestly following your heart.

Posted by: Loren T Kilp | May 19, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

J.N. - Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld are (were in the case of the latter) the most experienced guys in Washington. Lincoln, FDR, and countless others had less experience than Obama did. Just because you've been playing the game for a long time doesn't mean you're a better player. Have a look at professional sports. Please, if you hate the guy, just be honest and say it. Don't make up false excuses. What is McCain's experience worth when he keeps changing what he believes in? See this:

Posted by: K.C. | May 19, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I marched part of the way from Selma to Montgomery. I was an active Friend of SNCC until they asked the white people to leave.
I have voted for every Democrat since 1948. I am a committed liberal, yet I made H-bombs,and served three years in a significant arms control position in the Nixon Administrstion, and fought in the forgotten Democratic war in Korea. Democrats make horrible mistakes too. I believe people who want change - in justice, in foreign policy, and in economic justice must put aside small objections to Obama and actively suppport the ticket in November. I could answer most objections rationally. We should cooperste with, and not demonize enemies. Name calling is worthless, especially for placating potential allies.
Mr.and Ms Clinton have done great services for our country. We should recognize and value these services. But we must choose one person, and many of us believe we should choose Obama. Ms. Clinton could become our greatest Secretary of State,and with Bill as a special envoy to mediate in the middle east, we might actually resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict which threatens, if unsolved, to start a war that might kill hundreds of million of people and destroy most advanced economies. Lets get together now. Itis critical for the future of mankind..

Posted by: nihil | May 19, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama has about as much experience as Abe Lincoln did when he was elected President. Looks like he did a pretty good job, as in, well, let's see, he saved the country from collapse. Experience, ala, Cheney and Rumsfeld, is not the primary qualification for running the country. Character and intelligence count. Hillary has one of the two. McCain and Obama have both. Would be great for the country to see them run a principled campaign against each other on the issues. (Am I dreaming?)

Posted by: trace1 | May 19, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

A courageous and historic choice from a great statesman respected by all for overcoming the prejudices he once held, and a shining example for many other superdelegates to overcome their own prejudices.

Posted by: Bodo | May 19, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

What? A former avowed racist and former member of the Ku Klux Klan endorses Obama? Wow. Just wow.

Maybe Obama is right. There is hope for America. Now if only Obama can get a younger former Ku Klux Klan member to run as his VP--he needs such a person to win Hillary's so-called "hardworking white" voters.

Posted by: Seneca | May 19, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Both WVA Senators have endorsed Barak Obama even though the state of WVA has voted overwhelmingly for HRC. What does this tell us about Hillary Clinton? She is their collegue who they have worked with over the last six years. HRC is not a person who works and plays well with others. She is, alas, very unpleasant. Some people see this (and she has surely tried to make the point) that unpleasantness is a plus as if being an unpopular know-it-all automatically makes her a "strong" person. But it does not. It just makes her the "wrong" person to be President.

Posted by: Maddy | May 19, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

al gore, hillary needs you to help stop the bleeding!

btw washpost, great story on hillary's association with the radical law firm in california (another irrefutable personal item about herself that she conveniently forgot). not that we mind her legal assistance to those folks back then, of woulda been kinda nice for her to own up to it since she criticized barack for the same.

Posted by: KenFromCalifornia | May 19, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I like Obama and therefore I support him

Posted by: senator byrd | May 19, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a great friend of mine

Posted by: senator byrd | May 19, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Good for Senator Byrd. As another poster said, he has made a journey from his earlier views. Another former Ku Klux Klan member, Supreme Justice Hugo Black, voted affirmatively in the 1954 Brown v. Board of Topeka decision to desegregate public schools. Folks, isn't there any limitation to how long you can hold these older associations over people?
I am for Obama but I also just hope this party can start to jell its message and victory plan for the fall. And whatever will speed this along is an extremely good development.

Posted by: Pam | May 19, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

And yet another reason not to vote for Obama.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | May 19, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

when Hillary was winning the popular vote, Ovama said that what mattered were the delegates. When he started winning popular votes and was still behind in delegates, he said that all delegates and superdelegates should vote as their state's people voted.

Now, when Hillary is winning some states, no one says that the delegates should vote according to their states people.

Hillary, you just can't win with these pundits!! We, the people, are going to be handed out another "Gore's election stolen".

Posted by: the truth | May 19, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Well... Byrd should have been retired YEARS ago.

One of the major reasons that we need a term limit of these suckers in DC.

You see these people... JUST NOW jumping on the OBAMA band wagon.

There is nothing on the Post today about Obama saying his wife is 'off limits' from attacks by the GOP. He almost made me quiver in my boots... but then I realized that he was showing his true nature.. He has a goal, he has a plan, she has a goal, she a plan. Both want the PRESIDENCY so that THEY as a couple can give back to the Black African community... aka VIPER WRIGHT.

He still has NO CLUE as to running this country. Not sure IF there is anyone in the political arena that can be ONLY FOR THE GOOD OF AMERICA. These folks are political animals... only concerned for getting re-elected. This guy has spent the majority of his term as US Senator campaigning for PRESIDENT.

What is frightening.. He alleges that he has raised over 300 Million dollars from Small donations. (25-50 dollar donations from the POOR.)

He has spent over 189 Million Dollars on his campaign SO FAR. Well over 100 Million is spent in advertising. He has bought the mainstream media, and thus the American Voter BELIEVES what they hear and see on TV. So he has bought the American Voter.

If he WINS.. he will begin gathering funding for his next campaign after his first 18 months and start his campaign for re-election IMMEDIATELY once he is sworn in.

He ALWAYS pays his debts to his supporters.. Note that VIPER WRIGHT is off the scene. The Rich and powerful Elite Black Supporters... got to him in secrecy and put a clamp on his VENOM.

These same Rich Black Elite have been playing the 'race' card behind the scenes as well. Let the good times roll, if Obamass is elected... there will be dancing in the streets.. if he does not get elected there will be riots in the streets.

You the American Voter have spoken.

Me I am going down to get more guns, and more ammo so when it gets really tough because of the collapse of the United States. I can be one of those white middle class folks that just loves my guns.

The only difference I have been shot at and killed for my Country. With every thing from pistols to calling in artillery from 155's.

Posted by: Miller51550 | May 19, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Join the Evolution.

If Byrd can evolve than there really is hope for the rest of us.


Posted by: DonJulio | May 19, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

It would be excellent if Sen. Byrd (ex. KKK)and Rev. Wright (hopefully ex. Black separatist)to appear jointly to bury the hatchet from the past and join in endorsement of Obama as the ideal candidate to heal the wounds.

Posted by: Sentimentalist | May 19, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Is there a single democrat left in our country that has any character or integrity. Voting for Obama is like voting for Hitler. He wants to kneel before the Iranian president. No bigger coward/communist has ever run for President before in the history of American politics, although, I guess one could argue Jimmy Carter, who is currently spooning in a cave with UBL. Obama is a communist.

Posted by: Democowards are Funny | May 19, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd? That's unexpected.

I believe that's called "being a leader even when it's not politically expedient," unlike when Bush uses that phrase to justify hijacking the Constitution, starting illegal occupations, and spying on the citizens.

Maybe Byrd was in a position to make a choice based on his own ideals, since he is essentially "out" of politics now.

That would make sense, but, just wondering...

Where was he before the vote?

Posted by: Don Juan | May 19, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has about as much experience as Abe Lincoln did when he was elected President. Looks like he did a pretty good job"

With that kind of logic I'm going to vote in my parrot. He is a good conversationalist and is quite charismatic in my opinion...

Posted by: Whatthe? | May 19, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Bob is just trying to keep his chairmanship.

Posted by: justjoe | May 19, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Some Fascist Wrote:
Is there a single democrat left in our country that has any character or integrity. Voting for Obama is like voting for Hitler. He wants to kneel before the Iranian president. No bigger coward/communist has ever run for President before in the history of American politics, although, I guess one could argue Jimmy Carter, who is currently spooning in a cave with UBL. Obama is a communist.

Posted by: Democowards are Funny | May 19, 2008 7:57 PM
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And better a communist than a fascist, ask FDR who he allied with?

And better to kneel before Iran than to bend over in front of them like "your Boy" did, handing them the keys to the middle East...

not too bright. By the way, how's that Nuclear Proliferation going? Any ideas yet, on how to pay for this boost to Iran we call a War and the rest of the world calls an Occupation? Oh, the lazy Democrats will just have to raise taxes again, so we can blow it on killing people as usual.

Thanks Hitlers!

Posted by: Republicans BlowIran | May 19, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

A lot of people posting here keep commenting on the Democratic Party, but I don't think many of them actually are card-carrying members of the Democratic Party.They keep saying things that go against the principles of the Democratic Party .

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | May 19, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a bunch of racist Democrats there are on here. Not currently racist towards Blacks, Negros or whatever term you wish to use currently, yet racist towards an image of people who reside in a rural geographic area of the country called West Virginia.
I wonder how many of these "new racists" have ever actually been to WV? Ahh but they must declair their superiority over someone. In years past these same people of small mind used similar prejudice against blacks. What a shame.
Me, I am a former Democrat turned Republican who does not like any of the choices we the people have been offered for a very long time now. I have lived in Southern California, North Carolina, Illinois and West Virginia. By far, and I mean by very far, the people of West Virginia are much nicer, and have much more common sense than the normal person in other States that I have lived. But what good is it to try and argue with racist on here. Blah!

Posted by: Ice | May 19, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

"card-carrying members of the Democratic Party.They keep saying things that go against the principles of the Democratic Party"

You are making it sound like a hippie cult.

Posted by: Eater | May 19, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd's endorsement, ooh la la...

I thought he only endorsed boxes of 'Depends'.

Posted by: T. Rex | May 19, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

"I am a older white woman and would vote for her if I thought she was anything but a disturber---but we need Obama to try and fix our country and refind our way in the world."yeah he will cure cancer,walk on water and make you feel young again.
Please people use your brains and think of relative merits of the candidates,their experience on issues they talk about.

Posted by: Chaya08 | May 19, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

It was inevitable that some responders would refer to Byrd as a former KKK member. They don't note that this was about 65 years ago!
Byrd has shown great courage and wisdom regarding the war in Iraq. If only the nation had listened to him in 2003!

Posted by: Dave | May 19, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Go Barack........God's speed too.

Posted by: dave | May 19, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Many of the ones voting for Obama are the same ones that cheered OJ. That says it all about Obama and his Supporters!

Posted by: Black Saint | May 19, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Tough race brewing the November. And don't anyone of you think otherwise.

G-E-O-R-G-E M-C-G-O-V-E-R-N redux.

Remember that name.

Or look it up.

Posted by: jatox | May 19, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

"Kennedy -- the man who gave us Vietnam!"
Posted by: Dickh | May 19, 2008 5:35 PM
Sorry, Dickie.
As in most of your post, you don't know your history.
Dwight Eisenhower got the United States into VietNam.
By the time Kennedy took office, we already had a substantial military presence over there.
"Johnson -- frightened by the mess he created and then ran away."
When Johnson stepped aside, he was praised as the statesman he had become, to care more about the rent in the fabric of the nation than his own political gain.
He didn't "run away".
He stepped out of the arena for the good of the country; a BIG difference.
"Carter -- unfit to ever even visit the Oval Office."
Carter is going down in history as the most moral, ethical man of peace to inhabit the White House in the 20th century.
He will ALWAYS be welcome there.
Unlike the current dolt who tried to drag the Israeli Knesset into our domestic politics and who went "begging" the Saudis (I quote news reports) to give us extra oil -- twice.
He can't take a foreign trip without visiting hiz buddies in Saudi Arabia, the same country which produced most of the 9/11 terrorists and funded them.
I'm surprised they actually didn't make him crawl on his knees, instead of just doing it psychically.
For the good of this country, America won't accept McCain for more of McSame, to our eternal McShame.
The slumbering American electorate has awakened, no longer lulled into not caring by the Republican shill-neo-con-machine.
It's over.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | May 19, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

And WHY is the President of the United States stumping for votes in the Israeli Parliament? What power lies in getting their backing? That is the real qestion of the day!
Who controls? Washington or Israel.

Posted by: kristmas | May 19, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "So again, please be patient. If he does get the nomination, the focus will quickly shift to November and comments about Hillary will cease."

Sorry, Jay, when he gets the nomination, comments about Hillary will never cease. She will see to that. You will then see the true Hillary in all her glory.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 19, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it just so wonderful! Sen Byrd goes against the wishes of his constituents! Yes, the Obama bots are at it again...two faced. They hawk the argument that the delegates must vote the way the state voted unless of course the stated voted decidely against Obama. Go empty your heads...Obama bots....never mind...already taken care of. You deserve the candidate of empty suits.

Posted by: Tim | May 19, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Byrd lives! I read this with a twinge of sentiment. I assume the bill he wrote this week will be as perfect as his articulate speech. America has a fleeting treasure in Byrd's vast experience and good judgment.

My father is 88. He has supported Obama since February. Dad spent more time than anyone I know studying the candidates. During dinner last week he told my wife and I that he knew he wouldn't make it to see world peace or equal justice, but he might live long enough to see a black man elected president.
Dad believes America needs Obama's message of hope and his brilliant mind. Dad believes the world can and should be self correcting. I needed to be reminded that it is possible. I'm going to listen to Dad and Byrd's youthful optimism. I can still imagine America living toward a better day.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | May 19, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

There is one thing Bobby Byrd knows better than just about anybody, and that is civil liberties under the U.S. Constitution.

Which is as good a reason as any to support Barack Obama.

Clean slate!!!
Barack Obama,

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | May 19, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Does Barack know anything about civil liberties ? Preacher Wright showed what he thought of Civil Liberties as well as Obamas wife. The Black David Duke is nothing more than a big joke.

Posted by: Sad Democrat | May 20, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

In a contest based on experience and measurable qualifications, Bill Richardson would have been the Democratic nominee. But obviously this race is based on perception and gut feeling as much as anything else. People are, quite simply, voting for the person whom they are willing to follow.

Posted by: Allan | May 20, 2008 4:42 AM | Report abuse

Byrd has also been known as an ultra-liberal, just like Obama is, even farther to the left of Ted Kennedy. And yes, I am a Dem., a moderate Dem, but Obama won't get my vote.

Posted by: CR | May 20, 2008 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Byrd supporting Obama, that proves to me Obama is the choice of all the old democrats who want to preserve their power and money.

Obama is the choice of the insiders, the corporation and the hate america crowd.

ps maybe the hate america crowd were in reality the foot soldiers of the 'powers' all along. Hey people will sell their mother down the river for a buck.

So we have a candidate, because of his so called minority status, who decided the best way to revenge is though elected office. The best way to get money is through doing what the copoations and insiders say.

Posted by: JohnAdams1 | May 20, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

McCain in '08!! We do not want the world to fall apart and we do not want a 90 yr. old's opinion what this country needs.

Posted by: mzha | May 20, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

why do you fools care what the 'rest of the world' thinks ? Are they paying our bills.

Get real.

Posted by: laughing at the dems | May 20, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

He's still KKK, beware!!

Posted by: jt | May 20, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks MR BYRD for supporting change GOD BLESS YOU

Posted by: MUTSINZI CEASER | May 20, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Senator Byrd is senile and suffering dementia most likely; his endorsement reflects not the will of the people of his state but his quest for fantasy-glory. He, along with Obama, will lead to the destruction of the USA. I have had only the highest regard for Byrd for the past 50 years--today I am totally ashamed of this man. He is a disgrace to the good and intelligent people of West Virginia and in 2012 needs to be voted out of office.

Posted by: Dr Arthur Frederick Ide | May 20, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

It was predictable that Senator Byrd would eventually come out in support of Obama. As much as I respect Robert Byrd for his career as a watchdog of the Constitution, I have to say that his decision to endorse Obama at this particular time was self-serving. It was his last opportunity to symbolically cleanse himself of his earlier membership in the KKK. He may have assuaged his own guilt and gained the favor of those who have condemned his past misjudgment, but I cannot overlook the fact that he did so by committing another act of injustice, this time by willfully ignoring Hillary Clinton's honestly earned, decisive victory in his own state's primary. His decision is especially unjust because Obama dismissed WV as insignificant in his path to the general elections and made virtually no attempt to get to know its citizens or their concerns.

Posted by: Emjay | May 20, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I remember distinctly the day when a very lonely, but forthright and determined Senator made a passionate speech berating the Bush Administration for its hawkish policy on Iraq. At the time, he was by far the most vocal opposition figure in Congress. When virtually every other Senator, on whichever side of the aisle, tried to hide his or her head behind fig-leaves, Senator Byrd spoke out stridently.

Barack Obama did not have the same exposure, but he did have the same view and he did speak out, unequivocally. So Byrd's endorsement of Obama is a logical extension of the speeches both men made prior to the invasion of Iraq.

There were not many people of backbone in politics at that time, or now for that matter. That an old one recognizes and endorses a young one is just great!

As regards the KKK alusions, I have no idea whether there is any truth to them. Even if there is, consider this delightful exchange, which I thieved from an NPR interview a couple of months ago.

Interviewer (sweet young thing):
'And who do you think should be our next President.'
Interviewee: (white, female Alabaman,
somewhat long in the tooth):
'Gee, that's a tough 'un. Hmm! Lemme think... Who's that ni**er fella?'
'You mean -- gulp -- Barack Obama?'
'Yep! That's 'im. That's who ah'm gonna vote for.'

Only in America!

Posted by: Rob Bentley | May 20, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't suppose the $10,000 gift from
the Obama campaign to Byrd "reelection"
fund had anything to do with this. Since
he is rebuking his constuency's vote for
Hillary, it is a good thing this old man
who stands for everything Obama has been
preaching against will probably not run
again as he would be wishing he lost by
"only" the 41% that Obama did.
It also odd to note that the Obama
campaign has been doling out "gifts" up
to $10,000 to political office holders
(super delegates) without any questions
from the media. For one thing, it would
be nice to know how many of these, besides
Byrd, tipped their superdelegate vote to

Posted by: Norm | May 20, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I think it's because of people like Dr Arthur Frederick Ide that gives west virginians a bad name. Take your klansman hoodie off before making statements like "destruction of the US", I think it's choking the air out of your 2 remaining brain cells.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "It also odd to note that the Obama
campaign has been doling out "gifts" up
to $10,000 to political office holders
(super delegates) without any questions
from the media. For one thing, it would
be nice to know how many of these, besides
Byrd, tipped their superdelegate vote to

Any proof to this statement? Proof would be nice.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess if you have ever seen the documentary Dancing Outlaw, it sort of sums up West Virginia and the base Sen. Clinton brags so much about. I find it funny when Sen. Byrd is more progressive in his view of the future of the Democratic Party then some of the Clintstones supporters seem to be. "... Something is happening here and you don't know what it is, do you, Mrs. Clinton."

Posted by: The times they are a changing | May 20, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

All of you uneducated morons ripping West Virginia have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. There is a reason WE BROKE AWAY from Virginia and President Lincoln granted us statehood. Thank god we don't have to deal with ignorant, conceded idiots like you any more.

Montani Semper Liberi!

Posted by: Ryan | May 20, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

You try eatin' slimy sloppy eggs...

Posted by: Hillbilly | May 20, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: GRACE | May 20, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

HRC aka She Who Has Feet of CLAY supporters educate yourself and READ about your HRC:
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Faulting of Obama Called Hypocritical

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Hillary's $26 million haul came from 50,000 different donors. Obama raised his $25 million from more than 100,000 donors.
The average Obama donor contributed $250 each. Hillary's average contributor donated $520 each.

Posted by: Katerina Deligiannis | May 20, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I think this shows that experience can engender wisdom. Byrd was in the Klan for a short time as was Hugo Black of Alabama who later had a stellar career on the Supreme Court. Those types of attacks made on him in this blog for long past mistakes are similar to ones made on Obama based on guilt by association. And as was said by one of Minneapolis's biggest Rock Groups (before Prince) in titling one of their tunes, the Byrd is the Word!

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | May 20, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

So now we know Byrd's price....$10,000 given to him by Obama's Hope PAC. Obama's stated excuse for the donations made to superdelegates was that he gave money to fellow Democrats who needed help. What BS! Now we're supposed to believe Byrd needed Obama's help in West Virginia? If you believe that, how about buying this bridge that I have for sale?

Posted by: darlenedeminsocal | May 20, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I believe Byrd supports Obama because of forthright opposition to Iraq Invasion and Occupation., but also because nomination is won. Like Edwards, Byrd waited until the outcome was obvious and over in his state. The only endorsers who have guts are those who endorse before their state's primary.

Posted by: djw3505 | May 20, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

My fellow West Virginians voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. I voted for Obama, believing that he, more than she, will be the instrument of the change we require. That being said, those of you (like Melanie, above) who want to kick West Virginia out of the union or who denounce my neighbors as a bunch of ignorant, incestuous, dentally-challenged rednecks simply because WV made a political decision you disapprove of ought to examine your own considerable prejudices. I much prefer the company of decent and generous West Virginians, even when I disagree with them politically, to that of persons like Melanie and others of bigoted condescension. As if your cultural snobbery helped anything . . .

I will try to persuade my fellow West Virginians that a vote for the Democratic candidate (likely to be BHO) in November will be far, far more intelligent than a vote for McCain/Bush3. Marshall what intelligence you have and stop exacerbating the situation with your bigoted rants.

Oh, and for the record, rock on, Robert C. Byrd!

Posted by: old white male democrat in WV | May 21, 2008 1:25 AM | Report abuse

This benign the only election we the English has taken such an interest, and I must say my friends and I find it very interesting, is the model of democracy you want to export? The nasty, bitter fighting blatant lies you tell about each other is mind-blowing but what happens if she is elected

 The Shocking Video Hillary Does NOT Want You To See! (1of2)

Posted by: Kiskadee | May 21, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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