Byrd said he hoped healthcare reform legislation in the Senate would be renamed in memoriam of Kennedy.(Hat tips: Memeorandum, Gateway Pundit.) BTW, we've had problems with the editing process here lately, and that last quote might be slightly garbled.
"I had hoped and prayed that this day would never come," Byrd said in a statement. "My heart and soul weeps at the lost of my best friend in the Senate, my beloved friend, Ted Kennedy."
Byrd's wistful statement focused on the work accomplished with Kennedy during decades together in the Senate, and called on the healthcare bill before Congress to be renamed in honor of Kennedy.
"In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every white Gentile American . . ."
However, there are no garbles in the ongoing stream of tributes to the late Mary Jo Kopechne who, today, is receiving the fitting obituary remembrance she was denied 40 years ago. It's enough to touch the heart of Ann Coulter.
UPDATE: Thanks to Bob Belvedere for this image: We do hereby declare and proclaim August 26, 2009, to be MARY JO KOPECHNE MEMORIAL DAY
UPDATE II: Because so many have been inspired by this tribute to Miss Kopechne -- as well as by my farewell remembrance of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's foreign-policy legacy -- some readers have asked the question, "But Stacy, what can we do?" And therefore, I urge you to give generously to The McCain-Kennedy Kopechne Memorial Health Care Fund.
(ENTIRELY UNNECESSARY LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The McCain-Kennedy Kopechne Memorial Health Care Fund is neither non-profit, charitable nor tax-exempt. So far as anyone can determine, all proceeds go to help pay the bills of Robert Stacy McCain, his wife and six children who, as luck would have it, are among the umpteen kazillion uninsured Americans that liberals keep whining about. However, because Mr. McCain's children are neither illegal immigrants nor Democrats, liberals don't give a damn about them. Any resemblance between The McCain-Kennedy Kopechne Memorial Health Care Fund and a so-called "tip jar" PayPal account is probably coincidental. IYKWIMAITYD. Contributions to The McCain-Kennedy Kopechne Memorial Health Care Fund are not tax deductible, although it's possible you might get a little kickback by way of a free beer if you should ever catch me in a bar with cash in my pocket. And good luck with that. GIVE NOW -- it's for the children!)