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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Byrd a Dead Duck?

Washington is a vicious, brutal town. Or would be if so many of the people involved weren't also cowards.

Case in point: The scuttlebutt in Washington is that the Democrats are trying to dump Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd because he is, well, 90 fucking years old.

It isn't going that easy because Byrd refuses to give up and after a lifetime of using the appropriations process (i.e., spending taxpayer dollars) to accumulate power, all of the Democrats are afraid to take him on.:

Senate Democrats keep muttering about their 90-year-old chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, but no one wants to bell the cat.

New stories were floated this week of agitation in the party’s ranks over whether the West Virginian would be able to manage an upcoming wartime spending bill. But when fingers pointed to Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) as two agitators in the leadership, both offices issued indignant denials.

The best part of the story is this comment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:

“He was so go good to me my freshman year. He has been good to me all the time,” Reid said of Byrd in a recent interview. “I feel I owe him a lot, the Senate owes him a lot. ... I wish he wasn’t in the physical shape he is in, but he is. And there are many days his mind is perfect, so I’m not going to be part of dumping him.”

Yeah, Reid but doesn't owe him so much that he won't call him a decrepit, senile old fart on the record to reporters. That's cold as ice.

Of course this is one of those cases where no matter who wins, the taxpayers lose. Either Byrd, a guy who has spent a lifetime perfecting the art of robbing Peter to pay Paul, hangs on or the Democrats replace him with a newer, younger guy who does the same thing with more energy.

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