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The Importance of Byrd and Landrieu


What is important about the fact that Senators Robert Byrd and Mary Landrieu voted for Justice Priscilla Owen? Byrd and Landrieu are both part of the Gang of 14: they are signatories to the document that allows filibusters only in “extraordinary circumstances,” which now, by definition, did not obtain in the case of Justice Owen, who was painted for four years as an “extremist.”


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