The Electric Commentary

Thursday, January 20, 2005

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd

should probably pick his battles a bit better:

Underscoring the Democrats' dissatisfaction, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, an outspoken critic of the decision to go to war, announced late in the day that he would not allow the Senate to approve Rice without a few days of consideration of her testimony, and at least a token debate on the floor. His refusal to join in the unanimous consent of all Senators for a quick vote effectively torpedoed the administration's hopes to have her nomination approved today.

Robert Byrd is, of course, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan.

There is no chance that Dr. Rice will not be confirmed by the Senate, so all of this opposition is simple political grandstanding. Grandstanding, while annoying, does happen on both sides of the aisle. That being said, isn't Byrd's grandstanding on this issue incredibly stupid?


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