QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Sorry, but when Byrd lies in state in his beloved Senate today, plenty of his colleagues will share over-the-top reminiscences about the elder statesman who quoted Cicero while defending their prerogatives and protecting their pork. He’ll be eulogized as the soul of the Senate, the embodiment of the institution, the hero of the world’s greatest deliberative body and so on. That’s fair, I suppose, because the Senate sucks. And so did the politics of Robert C. Byrd, an imperious and egomaniacal reactionary, an anachronism in a three-piece suit.”