By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
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James Madison once observed that mankind is inclined to disagreement, and even "the most fanciful and frivolous distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions."
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.