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Senator Robert Byrd Weeps for Ted Kennedy


West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd broke down on the Senate floor yesterday, sobbing through an emotional tribute to Ted Kennedy who, of course, was discovered to have a malignant brain tumor after suffering a seizure over the weekend.

Reactions to Kennedy's conditions prompted an outpouring of reaction across the nation in admiration of his service.

There were also some extremely distasteful reactions from the far right.

Said Byrd: "I want to take a moment to say how distraught and terribly shaken I am over the news of my dear friend, my dear, dear friend, Ted Kennedy...Ted, Ted, my dear friend, I love you, and I miss you."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate and a former member of the KKK, announced his support for Barack Obama on Monday.

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  1. Michael Savage is a useless louse. He doesn't deserve the attention that his hateful remarks will bring. I hope that everyone who find his remarks offensive will contact Talk Radio Network and ask TRN for a list of their advertisers in order to boycott the companies who support Mr. Savages programs.

    Posted by: rayrayj | May 21, 2008 9:04:20 AM

  2. I saw this clip on CNN yesterday and could not stop laughing when he whimpered "I... miss... you."

    Yeh, I know. I got my handbasket all decorated.

    Posted by: crispy | May 21, 2008 9:04:38 AM

  3. Teddy has sponsered and cosponsered more liberal legislation than anyone.

    He has fought hard for

    -civil rights
    -voting rights
    -equal pay for women
    - gay rights (the first dem running for president to embrace the gay community way back when)
    - health care
    - worker's rights
    - health care for America's Veterans

    He also is praised by the people of Bangladesh.

    Nixon's administration was quietly selling US arms to Pakistan which were being used to massacer the people of Bangladesh. Kenendy was the LONE voice to stand up against this and went to Bangladesh to shine a light on the genocide. Pakistan forbade him ever visiting their country and the people of Bangladesh still exist and have a country today thanks to Teddy kenedy.

    A great liberal fighter for the less fortunate

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 21, 2008 9:49:27 AM

  4. An era coming to an end. I found the news very sad. Kennedy has been an ally in various ways over the years. A family with many advantages and many heartbreaks.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 21, 2008 10:29:00 AM

  5. There is a google ad for Lindsay Grahm re-election on this page.


    I know google ads run through a cycle and Andy doesn't pick them, but it is too funny to see that repub closet case's pic on my gay screen

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 21, 2008 11:01:26 AM

  6. those with a heart find that heartwrenching.

    Posted by: gladburt | May 21, 2008 11:11:18 AM

  7. I wonder if the Kopechne's will be attending the funeral?

    Posted by: Delmont | May 21, 2008 11:15:40 AM

  8. Crispy, hope there is room for 2 in that handbasket. I had Brokeback Mountain thoughts replaying in my head. I also found it moving because a grown man was able to say on the Senate Floor that he loved (in a friendly way) another man. It was Hallmark with a touch of humor.

    Posted by: Skip | May 21, 2008 11:22:26 AM

  9. Delmont

    I wonder how Laura Bush's boyfriend / possible fiance from her college days feels being dead. Dead fater Laura Bush ran a stop sign on a perfectly clear and unobstructed road, running him over and killing him.

    Glass houses and all

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 21, 2008 11:25:41 AM

  10. Yes, because if you think what Ted Kennedy did in Chappaquiddick was wrong, you must be a Bush supporter! Everything is so black and white, Democrat and Republican in some people's sad little cartoon world.

    Posted by: Paul | May 21, 2008 11:45:43 AM

  11. so chappaquidquick to jump to the wrong conclusions. this has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with a lack of ethical fiber. his actions that night are the true testimony to his utter lack of character. and I'm not affiliated with any political party. next time you jump boys, do it feet first.

    Posted by: Delmont | May 21, 2008 12:12:16 PM

  12. RAYRAYJ...Michael Savage is a useless louse...and Rockstar Energy drink is owned by his son, who is almost as useless a louse as his father...the two formed a non-profit a few years back called The Paul Revere Society whose basic aim was to keep brown people from immigrating to the United States...boycott Rockstar Energy Drink!!!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | May 21, 2008 12:29:36 PM

  13. Wonder if Byrd cried like that for any of the Klan's lynching victims. Probably only if he got rope burn.

    Posted by: ousslander | May 21, 2008 12:31:02 PM

  14. You know what, Chappaquiddick has NOTHING to do with this recent news. So stop bringing it up, people. It's classless -- an absolute low blow.

    None of us know what happened that night, yet Ted Kennedy has all but been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. The man made a huge mistake, resulting in the death of an innocent person. (But so has GWBush, Chenney and Rice -- hundreds of thousands of innocent lives lost, but who's counting those??)

    At the end of the day, Ted Kennedy fought bravely for the unpopular causes and for the voiceless. He has spent his life in dedication to his country and his state (perhaps he's been trying to atone, we'll never know his heart).

    People make mistakes. People change. Senator Byrd is the perfect example, which makes his tribute that much more touching.

    It's not about the deeds we done. We're allowed to make mistakes. Lord knows none of us are worthy to sit in the judgement seat. It's about our hearts -- did we learn from our mistakes, and did we use the rest of our lives to do better.

    Posted by: JTluvr | May 21, 2008 12:32:56 PM

  15. I thought it was touching. It's rare that straight men display that kind of affection and regard for one another in public, particularly in the Senate. As gay men, perhaps we can be a little more supportive of such honesty.

    Byrd and Kennedy both have checkered pasts. (And bringing up Kopechne? Oh please... even if it weren't reprehensible at a time like this, go and get some newer material, will you?) They have spent the majority of their adult lives atoning for them, and fighting for those who have no voice in politics. You'll recall Byrd was the most articulate voice in the Senate against the Iraq war debacle... taking all kinds of heat for expressing concerns that proved to be right on the money. Those two men have my respect in a lot of ways, but most of all they have my respect for the high regard with which they hold the responsibilities of their office, and for their demonstrated redemption through good works. If only we had a few more lawmakers who had to atone for and work through some shit in their youths, then maybe we wouldn't have so many idealogues in positions of power.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 21, 2008 12:48:12 PM

  16. We should really have mandatory retirement for congressmen, senators and supreme court justices at age 75. The odds of a person, particularly male, being of right mind beyond that age are slim. Clinging to power for so long is pathetic. Kennedy should of course immediately resign if his devotion to public service means anything, and then Deval can appoint someone until Nov.'s election. I suspect too, that Kennedy might be propped up during the convention in order to garner sympathy (they must be debating his future role as we speak), though too large a role will be distracting.

    If anything, these negative stories about Kennedy, the Bushes, the Clintons, Byrd, et al shows how having privilege means never having to pay for your mistakes.

    Posted by: anon | May 21, 2008 1:30:47 PM

  17. While his outpouring of grief for Kennedy is touching, Byrd is an outspoken homophobe and the last Democrat in the Senate to support (and speak out in favor of) the Federal Marriage Amendment.

    I figured since quite a few people here and elsewhere are lauding him for his turnaround on bigotry it's an important fact to keep in mind.

    Posted by: nuflux | May 21, 2008 1:33:48 PM

  18. Ehrum...anybody do a brain scan on this guy lately? wOw.

    Posted by: anemi | May 21, 2008 3:39:24 PM

  19. the true measure of a man is determined by his actions in a time of crisis. Edward Moore Kennedy failed spectacularly on the morning of July 18, 1969.

    Posted by: Delmont | May 21, 2008 7:27:53 PM

  20. Delmont and Laura Bush failed miserably in 1963

    Bush failed in 2000 by trying to keep the information from coming to light during the elction.

    That glass house of yours

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 22, 2008 1:28:39 AM

  21. Just to be absolutely correct, NUFLUX, Robert Byrd did not support the Federal Marriage Amendment. That is not to say that he is a friend to the GLBT community nor that he supports marriage equality. He isn't our friend, and he doesn't support marriage equality. What he said was that he was against the Federal Marriage Amendment because the issue of marriage equality could be decided at the state level. In other words, let the voters in each state decide this matter so that he doesn't have to suffer any political fallout from the issue. It is a small, small difference, but important nonetheless.

    Posted by: peterparker | May 22, 2008 4:29:24 AM

  22. PeterParker:

    Point taken. It's right that he isn't a friend of the GLBT community. I was thinking more broadly, since I've been forced to think that way during this election cycle.

    Won't it be interesting to see who falls on the side of marriage equality once that ceases to be a radioactive social issue?

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 22, 2008 9:59:11 AM

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