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Monday, May 19, 2008

Sen. Byrd (D-WV) Has Caught That Obama Fever


Obama is killing it!!!

Sen. Robert Byrd endorses Obama

The Charleston Gazette reports an endorsement deep with symbolism: West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd is endorsing Barack Obama.

"Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support," Byrd says.

He said he has "no intention of involving myself in the Democratic campaign for President in the midst of West Virginia's primary election. But the stakes this November could not be higher."

Byrd, 91, a master of Senate rules and Iraq war foe, has spent much of his political career repenting the racism of his youth. He's acknolwedged having joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1942, and campaigned against civil rights legislation in the 1960s.

In The Audacity of Hope, Obama wrote of meeting Byrd, and their joint awareness of the past; his endorsement is a note of reconciliation that underscores Obama's message.

Obama wrote of meeting Byrd as new senator in one of his book's most compelling passages:

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 MoveOn.org crowd, the heirs of the political counterculture the senator had spent much of his career disdaining.
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Note to Billary --- Throw. Up. The. Deuces.

3 comments:

Macon D said...

Yay! Thanks, I didn't know. I've been a fan of Byrd's for a long time. His opposition to the Iraq war has been staunch and furious (though sadly ineffective, since he was almost alone).

Hillary's gotta drop soon. I just hope she's not staying in because she knows about some damn torpedo headed Barack-ward. Like maybe, that rumored anti-whitie tape of Michelle in church? Nightmares . . .

Anonymiss said...

There's a tape out there of Michelle? Hmmm...I'm waiting on them to use her Princeton essay on race matters against her.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

ex kkk syndrome no doubt