5 responses

  1. Paul Douglas
    May 7, 2014

    I’m glad Jesse Helms has gone to his reward.

  2. Eric Payne
    May 7, 2014

    If he hadn’t died, would Jesse still be in the Senate — presuming he didn’t retire, and chose to keep running? Could a person with the outspoken views of Helms be elected, and re-elected, ad infinitum, to the Senate today?

  3. jerry
    May 7, 2014

    Back in the mid to late 90s, the Washington Blade had a picture of Helms nearly every week. I was always amazed that they were never the same shot but they all had one thing in common. He had his mouth open as though he was about to go down on someone.

  4. Mark Oliver
    May 10, 2014

    Jesse Helms asserting that Roberta Achtenberg is “mean”: that’s a bona fide case of the pot calling the kettle black if ever there was one.

  5. Nathaniel
    May 29, 2014

    Eric will probably not see this, but there is something to be said for the power of seniority in the Senate, and in spite of regularly opening his mouth, Helms kept getting reelected. A politician like he was is at least savvy enough to cover his arse when he says to much, appeal to the right people, and generally keep enough good things coming to his state to keep his critics sufficiently muffled. NC’s current senior senator, Richard Burr, is of the same ilk – a slime ball with a clean nose – capable of getting reelected in spite of voting against veterans and for Big Oil.

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