pz

February 7th, 2019 at 9:56 PM ^

RIP. Lost a great man and heck of a great twitter follow.

Best quote I've seen from around the time they expanded the character count was something along the line of: "99% of you don't even deserve 140 characters"

Understood the platform more than most young folks.

1VaBlue1

February 7th, 2019 at 9:56 PM ^

I didn't pay a lot of attention to politics when I was younger and still lived in Michigan.  But he's one of the Congressmen that were Congressmen when I was in my teens.  Unbelievable run - from 1955!  RIP, Rep. Dingell...

LSAClassOf2000

February 7th, 2019 at 10:24 PM ^

RIP to a great American and an insane (in a good way) Michigan fan. I had the pleasure of meeting him once as he represented the district I live in and he was a genuinely affable and funny person, in my own opinion. 

Bando Calrissian

February 7th, 2019 at 11:34 PM ^

Not only the longest serving member of congress, but the son of a congressman, and as a 15 year old, a congressional page in the room when FDR gave the "day of infamy" speech after Pearl Harbor.

The greats are going.

Mgoscottie

February 8th, 2019 at 6:17 AM ^

He was my congressman when I lived in Dearborn and I'm quite bummed even though he had an amazing and long life. My favorite tweet was when Bill Clinton tagged him on his birthday saying, "I don't say it enough but I really appreciate all of the work you did in the Louisiana Purchase"

MGoNOLA

February 8th, 2019 at 10:43 AM ^

Congressman Dingell was a fierce fighter for his constituents, a great leader in Congress, and a good man. Everyone who work under him and alongside him have only the deepest respect for his legacy. 

I'll always remember his passionate love for his wife - "The Lovely Deborah." 

He was a good man. You can't say that about many leaders who had the sort of long career that he had. 

MGOTokyo

February 8th, 2019 at 11:27 AM ^

Term limits and family limits.  Our Founding Fathers would not have approved of this monarchial-like progression.  Washington specifically noted in his farewell address that he would not run for a 3rd term to avoid this appearance.  Just think of all of the 'favors' that family handed out and received since 1933 to stay in office.

L'Carpetron Do…

February 8th, 2019 at 12:43 PM ^

I get that having one person in office (plus his father and his wife) for such a long time is a bit problematic and looks bad. While I am in favor of some kind of term limits (maybe 20 years for reps?), he was only a House member for that time and his impact/power as a lone representative is not on the level of the presidency.

It also doesn't mean he was corrupt. And you don't need to hand out favors to get re-elected if you do a good job representing your constituents. Yes, on the whole I would say the Dingells were probably a little too close to GM (Debbie was a GM lobbyist if I recall correctly), but for the most part he served with distinction. And I don't remember his name coming up in any scandals or corruption. 

TdK71

February 8th, 2019 at 3:50 PM ^

I'm with you 100% on this bro, The founder's idea was that someone would see something that needed to be addressed and someone (hopefully a successful person) who knew how to get stuff done would take up that task and attempt to see it through, after they either succeeded or failed they would go back to their business' and resume a normal life. 

Representing your district was a service and not a career. 

Bodogblog

February 8th, 2019 at 11:29 AM ^

God Bless. 

His was a unique case where his twitter feed gave you a great idea of who he really was as a man.  Funny and resolute, very clever, acerbic and very passionate of his craft. 

BluByYou

February 10th, 2019 at 1:26 PM ^

I guess when it comes to honoring the death of a liberal democrat, the no politics rule is waived here. Therefore, aside from Obama, the Clintons, Kerry, et al, he was one of the biggest pos we have seen in government in many years.