Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate, counts only a few regrets in his 47-year career: filibustering the 1964 Civil Rights Act, voting to expand the Vietnam War and backing airline deregulation. This week he added a new one: having joined the stampede in 2001 that passed the dubiously named USA Patriot Act weeks after the 9/11 attacks.I guess he stopped regretting his membership in the Ku Klux Klan. Hey your "Exaulted Cyclops-ness," are there any other decades of your life you can't recall? Hey, USA Today, what's the next 'minor fact' that gets broomed under the rug?
You know, if we didn't have to spend so much time at airport gates, there might not be any need for CNN. Without Avis and National, there might not be a General Motors, and without the free breakfast buffet at Comfort Inns accross Amreica, there'd be no USA Today.
(Tip to Roger Simon)