Byrd is stepping down from the most powerful committee in the Senate. Byrd, a Klansman decades ago, and publicly apologetic for it, is voluntarily giving up power?
I am reminded of Trent Lott losing his leadership post, for praising Strom Thurmond's 1948 Dixiecrat (segregationist) campaign for President.
Name someone who voluntarily gave up the #1 spot. Maybe this had something to do with Obama's victory?