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November 10, 2008

Porker Steps Down

by Brad Warbiany

In some worlds, this would be seen as good news:

A passing of the baton happened Friday. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., announced he will step aside as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Byrd is 90. He has served in the Senate since 1959 – the most senior member of the Senate.

It is invalidated, though, by this:

He will be replaced by Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii.

One porker replaces another. I suppose this is the “change we can believe in”, huh? But hey, I guess politicians don’t feel any need to live up to promises of accountability, considering that a man convicted of 7 felonies is leading in his reelection bid

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  1. Well, at least its good to see that the Democrats are encouraging the old, tired Byrd to step aside and let a younger guy have the job.

    Inouye is a spry 84 ;)

    Comment by Doug Mataconis — November 10, 2008 @ 2:30 pm
  2. That is more than a little disappointing. I remember reading a while back that there was a movement to force Byrd to step down but that the likely successor was Patty Murray because Inoue is too attached to running his precious Defense subcommittee. Not that Murray would have been a real improvement.

    (Shameless self-promo – I discussed the move to force Byrd out here: )

    Comment by Mark — November 10, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

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