Here’s how Senator Robert Byrd appeared over a year ago, crying about Ted Kennedy and saying…. something. (It’s so incomprehensible I can’t really make out the details.)

While it’s sad for anyone to have be in such a deteriorated mental state, because Byrd is a powerful man with enormous responsibility, it’s also a bit scary.
The man could barely talk.
Yet somehow, today, 15 months later, he is reported as having “issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of his dear friend Senator Ted Kennedy.” The full statement follows, with the quotes in original:

“I had hoped and prayed that this day would never come. My heart and soul weeps at the lost of my best friend in the Senate, my beloved friend, Ted Kennedy.”
“Senator Kennedy and I both witnessed too many wars in our lives, and believed too strongly in the Constitution of the United States to allow us to go blindly into war. That is why we stood side by side in the Senate against the war in Iraq.”
“Neither years of age nor years of political combat, nor his illness, diminished the idealism and energy of this talented, imaginative, and intelligent man. And that is the kind of Senator Ted Kennedy was. Throughout his career, Senator Kennedy believed in a simple premise: that our society’s greatness lies in its ability and willingness to provide for its less fortunate members. Whether striving to increase the minimum wage, ensuring that all children have medical insurance, or securing better access to higher education, Senator Kennedy always showed that he cares deeply for those whose needs exceed their political clout. Unbowed by personal setbacks or by the terrible sorrows that have fallen upon his family, his spirit continued to soar, and he continued to work as hard as ever to make his dreams a reality.”
“In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American.”
“God bless his wife Vicki, his family, and the institution that he served so ably, which will never be the same without his voice of eloquence and reason. And God bless you Ted. I love you and will miss you terribly.”
“In my autobiography I wrote that during a visit to West Virginia in 1968 to help dedicate the “Robert F. Kennedy Youth Center” in Morgantown, “Senator Kennedy’s voice quivered with emotion as he talked of his late brothers and their love for West Virginia. ‘These hills, these people, and this state have had a very special meaning for my family. Our lives have been tightly intertwined with yours.'”
“I am sure the people of the great state of West Virginia join me in expressing our heartfelt condolences to the Kennedy family at this moment of deep sorrow.”

Considering Senator Byrd’s pathetic condition as evidenced by his near inability to talk over a year ago, I think there are some serious credibility problems with the above “statement.” I realize that it was “issued” by his “office,” but since the man’s ability to speak is in serious doubt, have the words ever been confirmed as actually having been uttered by him? If he did not say them, then did he write them? How can we be sure?
Especially considering that one of the principle objections to the health care bill is that it’s “authors” have never read it, I think verifying the authorship of “Byrd’s” “statement” is highly relevant. And what if it turns out that he didn’t say it or write it. Can we even be sure he even read it?
I seriously doubt it.
What is going on?
A bill that no one ever read is “renamed” by a pathetic dodderer who issued a “statement” he didn’t write and cannot read, but who knows how to run the medical profession?
This is a joke, right?