Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006

10/15/2004

Laughingstock II

As a young political geek growing up in Reagan's America of the mid-80s I found Sen. Robert Byrd -- then majority leader -- to be everything I expected a senator to be: eloquent, stately and, well, senatorial. His ability to quote Shakespeare, Cicero and much of the Western Canon inspired.

But for the better part of a decade, let's just say Mr. Byrd has been "showing his age". In the last several years he has been an embarassment to the conservative folks of West Virginia with his shrill anti-war rhetoric. His racial epithet of a few years ago would have ended a Republican's career. His greatest contribution in recent years was his cameo as a Confederate general in the magnificent Civil War film Gods and Generals. Apparently, at 86, he can still bring home the bacon.

That's why Dayton's staff can't be comforted with the fact the only senator to come to Dayton's defense over Panicgate is none other than Senator Byrd. We chuckle at Byrd's almost desperate request that Dayton "should not be mocked".

We choose to ignore the request.

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