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  • Senator Robert and Erma Byrd on May 28, 1987. ( Shayna Brennan / The Washington Times )

    EDITORIAL: Bye, Bye Byrd

    It is customary to avoid speaking ill of the newly deceased, so perhaps the less admirable elements of the life and career of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd are better left to be examined at a later date. The West Virginia Democrat died yesterday at age 92. Set aside, for now, his background as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, his outrageous pork-barreling and his general liberal-blowhard tendencies. Instead, Americans today can respect Mr. Byrd's devotion to Senate traditions, even when they ran contrary to his own political desires.


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