The Washington Times - January 11, 2010, 10:43PM

In 2004, The Washington Times reported that Senator Christopher Dodd (D - CT) said that Senator Robert C. Byrd (D - W.V.) (a former Klansman) would have been a “great leader during the Civil War. Like Democratic leaders ignoring the controversy Senator Harry Reid (D - NV) has kicked up over his comments about President Barack Obama, Senator Tom Daschle simply brushed off Mr. Dodd’s statements. Mr. Daschle, in fact, said that  Mr. Dodd’s words could not be compared to Senator Trent Lott’s (R - MS) remarks about Senator Strom Thurmond (a former segregationist) two years before.:

The top Senate Democrat yesterday defended a colleague’s assertion that Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Klansman, would have been a great leader during the Civil War.

Sen. Tom Daschle said there was “no parallel” between Sen. Christopher J. Dodd’s praise of Mr. Byrd and Republican Sen. Trent Lott’s praise of former segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond.

“I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia that he would have been a great senator at any moment,” Mr. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, said while praising Mr. Byrd last week on the occasion of the eight-term Democrat’s 17,000th Senate vote.

Mr. Dodd continued: “He would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this Constitution. He would have been right during the great conflict of Civil War in this nation.”