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Robert Byrd had a complicated record, with a rough past on race and a lot to criticize on pork. But I prefer to remember the good things. So here he is in his prescient, eloquent opposition to the Iraq war:

By Ezra Klein  |  June 28, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
 
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And Mr Klein wins the award for shameful euphemism of the year. "Rough past on race". Pi$s on Byrd's grave, I don't care how many times he apologized, or how many great speeches he gave in Congress.

Posted by: ab_13 | June 28, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

It's been pretty funny watching right-wingers line up to piss on Byrd for being a member of the KKK about 70(?) years ago while writing hagiographies for Helms and Thurmond.

Byrd's record on race is complicated because he made an (fairly successful) effort to make amends while Helms and Thurmond possess a much more straightforward one because they were unrepentant bigots to the very end.

Posted by: lol-lol | June 28, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"It's been pretty funny watching right-wingers line up to piss on Byrd for being a member of the KKK..."

We'll all miss that ol' KLEAGLE.

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | June 28, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"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." --Robert Byrd

Posted by: WrongfulDeath | June 28, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"It's been pretty funny watching right-wingers line up to piss on Byrd for being a member of the KKK about 70(?) years ago while writing hagiographies for Helms and Thurmond.
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I am not a right-winger, and I'm black so you can be sure that I have never heaped any praise on Helms and Thurmond. Do you have any actual defense of Byrd, or just rambling about these phantom "right-wingers" in your head?

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"Byrd's record on race is complicated because he made an (fairly successful) effort to make amends"
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There's nothing complicated about it. Making amends doesn't justify anything he did.

Posted by: ab_13 | June 28, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

He was a truly great man who we all owe a great debt to.

The trolls should crawl into a cave and die.

Posted by: theamazingjex | June 28, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"complicated" A favorite word of excuse. What about "flawed"? That one has been used a lot for Clinton. Which one of us is unflawed? No one is asking Klein to speak ill of the dead. But his rush to join the party line is unseemly.

Posted by: truck1 | June 29, 2010 5:14 AM | Report abuse

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