The Corner

Byrd Watching

Sen. Robert Byrd apparently will miss today’s DC cloture vote. It looks like he’s the only Democrat opposed to the bill:

I oppose S. 1257, because I doubt that our Nation’s Founding Fathers ever intended that the Congress should be able to change the text of the Constitution by passing a simple bill. The ability to amend the Constitution in only two ways was provided with particularity in Article V of the Constitution for a reason. If we wish to grant representatives of the citizens of the District of Columbia full voting rights, let us do so, once again, the proper way: by passing a resolution to amend the Constitution consistent with its own terms.

A failure to vote, by the way, is practically the same as a vote against because the bill’s supporters still have to get 60 yes votes on cloture. Either way, Byrd won’t be one of them.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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