I'd like to think that Jesse Helms was crippled with dementia, perhaps drooling on himself, when, in a sudden moment of crystal-clear lucidity, he saw a headline, or caught some cable news, and it became knowledge to him, that the country is on the verge of electing an African-American president and, BOOM!, his brain explodes, oxygen shuts down, and he's gone.
Actually, Andrew Sullivan was on the same path today, with his "Jesse Helms At An Obama Rally".
And, yesterday, Martin Lewis, over on The Huffington Post, rang in with the winner-of-the-day;
He's a Yankee Doodle Jesse(Check out the Lewis post, "Jesse Helms: Yankee Doodle Jesse", he quotes the distinguished racist at length)
A Yankee Doodle do or die
A real live nephew of the Ku Klux Klan
Died on the Fourth of July...
Now, it would have been infinitely better, if he lasted until Election Night, so nice it would be, after his life-long record of vile hate, that the last thing Jesse Helms learned, was that Barack Obama is to be the next President of the United States.
Yes, that would be so nice ...
Bonus "Ding Dong, The Racist Senator Is Dead" Riffs
Tbogg: Hell gets a little more crowded
Wonkette: Hell Jesse Helms Finally Dead
Pam Spaulding: Bye, Jesse, you left quite a legacy
Matthew Yglesias: Helms' Vision of Freedom
Ron Beasley: A New Paradigm
Teddy Partridge - Jesse Helms: Bigot, Racist, Homophobe
In an effort to help erase this from your minds, to think of something much more pleasant and pleasing, we turn to Astrud Gilberto
So Nice - Astrud Gilberto