As of this writing, I haven't seen comments from the general public in sufficient volume to make a determination of how “the little people” outside of Byrd's kleptocratic fiefdom of West-by-God-Virginia are responding to his death (or expressing their views of his political life). So far, however, the Pols and their kept Establishment Press have already kicked into high gear with panegyric praise over one of their own's passing. If the tone is to be characterized by the following gem of pure, intelligence-insulting nonsense from Byrd's fellow Senate kleptoligarch Patrick Leahy, it's going to be a very painful week of eulogies to endure:
“No senator came to care more about the Constitution and be a more effective defender of our constitutional government than the senior senator from West Virginia,” said Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy. “In many ways, he was the keeper of the Senate flame, the fiercest defender of the Senate's constitutional role and prerogatives.”
In response to the above quote, follow the link to the source and note my comment in response to it. I won't repeat it here (unless ABC News blog takes it down, in which case I'll repost), but suffice it to say that only Byrd's fellow Polscum like Leahy could possibly make that comment with a straight face.
Now two questions:
1.What stellar example of humanity from West Virginia will replace Byrd in the Senate
2.How long before Byrd's constituents demand that Senator Jay Rockefeller take over Byrd's sticky fingers operation, Rockefeller being the only West Virginia senator with sufficient seniority to pull it off?