National Affairs: Byrd of West Virginia: Fiddler in the Senate

West Virginians have always had five friends—God Almighty, Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward, Carter's Little Liver Pills and Robert C. Byrd.

—Robert C. Byrd

Back in the hardscrabble coal country of the Mountain State, Robert Carlyle Byrd is al mighty, unbeatable and as reliable as Carter's famous little pills. Yet for many years some liberal opponents on Capitol Hill loathed him as much as any man in Washington. Defensive and insecure, driven and intense, he often said that the Senate was made up of "workhorses and show horses," a distinction...

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