goodbye to a scary man

One of the most right-wing members of the US Senate, Jesse Helms of North Carolina, announced yesterday that he won’t be seeking re-election. Which in my opinion is an excellent thing, and good riddance to the insane old coot. But as you can see from his website and the photo at the bottom of this page, he obviously seems to like kids. Does he look terrifying or what?

For completeness, here’s a good review of Helms and the other bastion of Carolinian right-wing anti-everything-good madness, Strom Thurmond.

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