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  •  Oh, McCain (1+ / 0-)
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    gffish

    (1) Quoting the senator who was a former member of the KKK in your opposition to the filibuster? Classy.

    (2) I always think that John McCain looks like a Muppet when he gets angry. I think The Daily Show agrees.

    •  Byrd renounced his KKK past, and he made one of (7+ / 0-)

      the most eloquent speeches ever in opposing the Iraq War, but I don't think his quote really matters because it's not Reid and the Dems who have broken the tradition of the Senate and the value of the filibuster, it's the gop who abused the filibuster along with all of the rest of their obstructive hijinks.
      I don't think we should play defense on this. We should continue to put the blame squarely on the gop where it belongs.

      You can't make this stuff up.

      by David54 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 03:49:41 PM PST

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    •  Many here on dKos... (0+ / 0-)

      myself included, supported Byrd in his passionate plea to retain the filibuster.  This was of course back in the day when civility was a bit more common in that chamber, and the 7 nominees filibustered by Democrats was considered "excessive" by republicans.

      I would like to think that Byrd would be appalled at the 82 filibustered nominations of the Obama presidency, and would have worked to end them ... somehow.  I don't truly believe that he would have given up the filibuster, but then the gentility of the Senate and its members might have swayed even him.  We'll never know.

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