Reporting from Washington —
Robert Carlyle Byrd, the West Virginia Democrat who was often called this generation's conscience of the Senate for his devotion to the system of constitutional checks and balances and the prerogatives of power, died Monday. He was 92.
Very sad news indeed. He had made some mistakes (such as his KKK membership which he later called "the worst mistake of my life") but this was, all in all, a fantastic senator who truly fought for the American people. One of the few left that you can truly say that about. He ranked up there, imo, with the likes of Kennedy and Kucinich.
He will be missed.