Thursday, November 29, 2007

Henry Hyde. Requiescat in pace

The fine gentleman from Illinois died today at the age of 83, a few weeks after being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Just two years into his first House term, the obscure Illinois Republican became an instant household name in June 1976 when he offered an amendment to ban the use of Medicaid funds for abortions.

And if he didn't coin the term "cafeteria Catholics" he sure came close to doing so.

Henry Hyde. A gift from God and an inspiration for many. May his soul rest in peace.