The big news, of course, is the passing of Senator Robert Byrd (D-W.Va), who was the longest-serving U.S. Senator of all time, having been elected nine times from the Mountaineer State.
No point in attempting to dupliate the numerous eulogies that will surely be written or posted in the next few days.
Senator Byrd was a throw-back, one of the last “Dixie-crats” who reinvented himself to become the Senate Minority Leaders and then Chairman of Appropriations for much of my memory. The loyalty of the West Virginia voters to their champion is self-evident.