Only the wrong survive

I dusted off my college books and took another whack at parsing Senator Byrd’s exposition of the Pardoner’s Tale in my Daily Standard column this week: “Tales from the Senate.” I caught up with yesterday’s Washington Post article on Byrd by Eric Pianin too late to work it into the Standard column, but I think it’s fair to say that the column’s theme can usefully be applied to the Post article: “A senator’s shame.” “Shame” should be plural and the senator’s shames punctuate the senator’s post-Klan career. Pianin’s article is nevertheless an important contribution to our studies in one of the Democratic Party’s most important national spokesmen.

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