Senator Robert Byrd has died.
Senator Byrd was this nation’s longest serving Senator.
Many will remember Senator Byrd for his passionate opposition of President Bush’s doctrine of preemptive war.
Others will remember Senator Byrd for his decades in the United States Senate.
History will certainly remember Byrd’s conservative social views…his membership in a domestic terrorist group (the KKK), that historic 14-hour filibuster of the Civil Rights Act of 1964…his vote for the King holiday and his endorsement of Obama for President in 2008.
Odds are that the great historian of the Senate understood that his words and votes would long outlive him.
As news came through of Byrd’s death, I was reminded that the history of a politician is also the history of those who elected that politician.
And so, the history of Senator Byrd is the history of decades of West Virginia voters too...the good, the bad and the ugly.
Senator Byrd was 92 years old.