Robert Byrd, the longest serving US Senator, has died.

Last night I wrote at Michelle Malkin’s blog the West Virginia rules for filling a vacant Senate seat. The long and short of it is if the West Virginia Governor declares the seat vacant before this coming Saturday, there will be a special election in November to decide who will fill the remaining two years of Byrd’s term. If the seat is declared vacant after this coming Saturday, the appointee will serve the remainder of Byrd’s term until 2012 and presumably run for re-election then.

Remember that the West Virginia Governor is a Democrat with possible Senate aspirations of his own, so the odds that the seat will be declared vacant (unless there’s a law I’m unaware of that would compel him to do so) before Saturday, which would give the Republicans a shot at winning the seat in November, are slim and none.

Byrd served 51 years in the Senate, so this should also lead to a discussion about term limits.

Also, like JWF, I can’t help but wonder, given Byrd’s rather infamous past, if the media would be referring to him as a “respected Senator” if he’d have been a Republican.


4 Responses to “Robert Byrd Dies”

  1. OK_Loyalist on June 28th, 2010 12:58 pm

    The Lord works in mysterious ways. Even though the right has little chance of picking up the seat in the short term, maybe this will be the catalyst needed to slow this Ram Rod Congress down until Nov elections.

  2. Rick on June 28th, 2010 1:11 pm

    Guess there are some things even the Stimulus can’t fix…

    God’s will be done.

  3. OK_Loyalist on June 29th, 2010 12:39 am

    Just heard on the news listening to "The Great One" that in Senate today they draped his desk on the floor with a black sheet. Kreskin must of been there, changing the white sheet to black!

  4. Joyanna Adams on June 29th, 2010 4:36 pm

    So, he wanted to be laid to rest in the Rotundra….hmmmmm, I bet he is really angry (I'm still he has a ghost hanging around somewhere) that he just HAD to pass away with a black President in power…his KKK days finally came back to haunt him.

    Which makes me wonder…If Daddy Bush dies will Obama give the nation the big funeral that Reagan got?

    Hmmmmm…..Let there be light.

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