Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote, said:
Fairly or not, I suspect Sen. Byrd will endure in history as emblematic of how Senators with great seniority can bring extraordinary amounts of federal dollars to their states.

Alan Abramowitz, professor of political science at Emory University, said:
Robert Byrd will be remembered as not only the longest-serving member of Congress but as one of the most influential members of the Senate and a champion of the interests of his state.


John F. McManus, president of The John Birch Society, said:

Senator Byrd will be lauded by many for his length of service and his frequent praise of the U.S. Constitution.  It is, however, one thing to carry a copy of the Constitution in one's pocket and another to abide by its limitations on government.
the Senator was good at displaying the Constitution but pretty awful about standing firm for its restrictions on federal power. As a consistent supporter of big government and a notorious gatherer of "pork barrel" and "earmark" funding for his state, he regularly violated the document he frequently pointed to.
He might also be remembered for his success in obtaining passage of a measure that requires instruction about the Constitution in every publicly funded school on or about Constitution Day, September 17.  If some decent instruction about the venerable document is given to students because of this measure, it would be a plus for America.

Bruce E. Gronbeck, professor of Political Communication at the University of Iowa, said:
Sen. Robert Byrd will be remembered as the ideal model of what it was to be senator through the last half of the twentieth century, perhaps even for all of American history.  His principles blended deep-set understandings of both individual liberty and collective, governmental commitments to maintain the general welfare.  He could speak both the prose of governing and the poetry of envisioning the past, present, and future of Americanism.  He grew into an icon of governance who could not be categorized as liberal or conservative.  He examined the questions put before him in committee and in session concretely, in the contexts within which they had been raised, and then drew upon his amazingly variegated principles to construct his responses.  If only others in his fraternity governed in the ways that he did.  Robert Byrd will be sorely missed.

Bernie Quigley, Pundits Blog Contributor, said:
As a great and common man who made pilgrim’s progress in his life and brought the South and America with him.

Justin Raimondo, editorial director of, said:
I think he'll be remembered for his oratory, his concern for the prerogatives of Congress (as opposed to presidential power), and for the length of his journey from KKK supporter to Obama supporter. In the longer run, I think he'll be remembered for his prescient
opposition, in 2003, to the Iraq war:

"One can understand the anger and shock of any President after the savage attacks of September 11. One can appreciate the frustration of having only a shadow to chase and an amorphous, fleeting enemy on which it is nearly impossible to exact retribution.

"But to turn one's frustration and anger into the kind of extremely destabilizing and dangerous foreign policy debacle that the world is currently witnessing is inexcusable from any Administration charged with the awesome power and responsibility of guiding the destiny of
the greatest superpower on the planet. Frankly many of the pronouncements made by this Administration are outrageous. There is no other word.

"Yet this chamber is hauntingly silent. On what is possibly the eve of horrific infliction of death and destruction on the population of the nation of Iraq -- a population, I might add, of which over 50% is under age 15 -- this chamber is silent. On what is possibly only days
before we send thousands of our own citizens to face unimagined horrors of chemical and biological warfare -- this chamber is silent. On the eve of what could possibly be a vicious terrorist attack in retaliation for our attack on Iraq, it is business as usual in the United States Senate.

"We are truly "sleepwalking through history." In my heart of hearts I pray that this great nation and its good and trusting citizens are not in for a rudest of awakenings. . .

Frank Askin, professor of law at Rutgers University, said:
History will remember Senator Byrd as an early and implacable foe of the War in Iraq, who properly denounced the President for violating Article I, Sec. 3, Cl. 2 of the Constitution by invading the sovereign nation of Iraq without a Congressional Declaration of War.