Barack Obama’s stock has just gone down by a lot in my book:
Early Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., sent an appeal over the Internet urging people to contribute to the re-election campaign of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va.
In less than 24 hours, more than 15,000 contributors gave $634,000 to Byrd’s campaign, according to the National Journal’s daily Internet publication “Hotline.” The average donation was about $42.25.
In Obama’s appeal, sent out by the MoveOn Political Action Committee, he wrote, “In 2006, Senator Byrd will be the target of Republicans because he stands up for what he believes. Will you join me in supporting Senator Byrd’s campaign for re-election, before a critical deadline this Thursday?”
Obama told The Charleston Gazette on Wednesday, “Sen. Byrd has spent his career in the Senate standing up for the Constitution and putting principle over politics. The people of West Virginia are lucky to have such a distinguished and powerful advocate fighting for them who consistently delivers results.”
Hat-tip Taegan Goddard. Let’s get a few things straight: Robert Byrd is a disgusting excuse for a human being. He is a former KKK leader, a racist, a homophobe, and a disgrace to the Democratic party. It was bad enough when our party let him become Senate Majority Leader, and later Senate President Pro Tempore. But for our rising star, a black man, no less, to endorse this piece of scum is disgusting. Byrd is one of few remnants left of the dark days when our party defended slavery, sided with the Confederacy, fought Reconstruction, and opposed the Civil and Voting Rights Acts. If anything, we should endorse his Republican opponent in 2006, or else run a primary opponent. He certainly deserves it.