Praise the Lord, pass the bottle

Dana Milbank reports on opening day of the new session of Congress. On the Senate side, Sen. Robert Byrd seems to have stolen the show. According to Milbank, Byrd punctuated the opening prayer with shouts of “yes,” “yes, Lord” and “in Jesus’s name.” Minutes later, when Byrd was installed as Senate president pro tempore, he shouted, “yeah man” and Hallelujah.”
Byrd’s Democratic colleagues seemed more amused than upset by the old fool’s “Christianist” display. Senator Kennedy pretended to tilt a bottle into his mouth. Either he was suggesting that Byrd was under the influence or Kennedy himself was ready for a drink.
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