The Kleagle Has Landed (In Hell)

The AP is reporting that semi-repentant former Ku Klux Klan leader and longest-serving United States Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) has finally died.

In tribute to his most notable achievements — leader of a racist domestic terrorist organization and king of pork-barrel politics — people are being asked to forgo all other tributes and instead direct their members of Congress to take a billion dollars in federal tax revenues, ship it to West Virginia, attach the bundles to a giant cross, and set it afire.

Byrd was 92, first elected to the House in 1953 and the Senate in 1959. Thanks to his fellow Democrats, he was third in the line of presidential succession, behind Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Old age has finally done what the Democrats in Congress could never bring themselves to do: stripped him of his tremendous power and influence, which he used to become the “king of pork” (a title he embraced).

It is almost guaranteed that he will be succeeded by another Democrat, and Byrd has been a virtual non-presence in the Senate for some time due to his declining health, but his passing can not be good news for the Democratic agenda.

Update: Via AJ Strata, the web site FiveThirtyEight says that while West Virginia’s governor can appoint a temporary successor, they will only hold the seat until an election can be held in November.

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