Exalted Democrat

Shouldn't Harry Reid be run out of office for what he said in tribute to Robert Byrd?

“Robert Byrd’s was one of the greatest minds the world has ever seen,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
One of the greatest minds the world has ever seen? The former Klan member?
“From his graduation as valedictorian of his high school class at the age of 16 to his chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee until the age of 91, he mastered everything he touched with great thoughtfulness and skill.”
Excuse me, but Robert Byrd is the guy who filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act, saying:
"Men are not created equal today, and they were not created equal in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was written."
Why would Reid go out of his way to compliment Byrd for his wisdom during the specific period when he acted out his racism in the most hateful way possible?
"Men and races of men differ in appearance, ways, physical power, mental capacity, creativity and vision."
Byrd wrote of his racist feelings, as well.
I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.
Reid isn't alone among the liberal haters.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Byrd deserved to be ranked among the greatest senators in U.S. history.
Why would the Democrats' most ardently racist senators be among the greatest?
"No one in the history of the Senate could match Byrd's thunderous oratory; his sense of history; his determination to teach every president the limits of his power; and his lifelong passion to fight for West Virginia," Durbin said.
His sense of history?
When a vote on making King's birthday a federal holiday came up on the floor of the Senate in 1983, Mr. Byrd told an aide, "I'm the only one who must vote for this bill."
I guess he did have a good sense of history. He realized that the world had changed, and he had better pretend to change with it if he wanted to keep his career alive.
In 2008, Mr. Byrd endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president.
Byrd was a leader during his year in the Klan in 1942.
According to Byrd, a Klan official told him, "You have a talent for leadership, Bob... The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation." Byrd later recalled, "suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities! I was only 23 or 24 years old, and the thought of a political career had never really hit me. But strike me that night, it did."[8] Byrd held the titles Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops.
The apologists try to make it sound like he joined the Klan as a momentary mistake, not part of a pattern of racism. The record contradicts this white wash.
However, in 1946 or 1947 he wrote a letter to a Grand Wizard stating, "The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation."
One of the greatest minds the world has ever seen? Nice job, Harry.