Sen Byrd, D-WV - dead at 92. A statesman, true. A colorful history, sure. The poster child for career politicians, without a doubt.
I am saddened at the news of the passing of a fellow man... but it does not move me one bit to hear that a lifelong career politician will no longer plague the halls of congress. It is a sad day in America when the only way to rid nearly centuries old stalwarts from congress is by way of the grim reaper. A true statesman would have handed the torch off years ago, molding young minds and shaping the future in his community through volunteerism and other terms of service - instead, Byrd lived his life off the taxpayer's teet, raking in the dough while bringing home loads of pork to WV.
I mourn the death of a man... and celebrate new faces in the Senate. It will undoubtedly be another Democrat... but this makes 2012 a likely active year for constitutionalists in WV, as well as across the many states of this union. Here is another prayer to liberty.