RIP, John Dingell

A legendary legislator has passed:

Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member ever of Congress who helped write most of the nation’s major environmental and energy laws, died Thursday, his wife said. He was 92.

The Dearborn statesman was a champion of the auto industry and was credited with increasing access to health care, among other accomplishments. Dingell helped write most of America’s major environmental and energy laws.

He was also absolutely hysterical on twitter, and I can only imagine how funny he was in person.

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    Lapassionara says:


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    JGabriel says:

    Condolences to Rep. Dingell’s wife, family, and friends. He will be missed.

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    feebog says:

    He was an absolute dead aim, no hostage’s taken Twitterer. RIP Congressman.

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    Yarrow says:

    Oh, that’s so sad. He was a such a great legislator. And, as you said, absolutely hilarious on Twitter. RIP and condolences to his family.

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    chopper says:

    goddammit! i loved that guy. funniest old guy on twitter also.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Sad day. John Dingell, you will be missed.

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    jl says:

    Very sad news. My condolences to all who knew him. He seemed like a genuinely good and warm person.
    Brilliant with the twitter machine, which is hard to do as we all see every day.
    Sweet and inspiring when I read that the youngin’ AOC endorsed the eldster John Dingell’s social media skills with the twitter machine.
    He’ll be in my thoughts, along with his family and friends.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    I haz a serious sad. He RULED Twitter. His snark will be sorely missed.

    Rest in peace, John Dingell.

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    rikyrah says:

    His Twitter game was so strong 👏👏

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    Baud says:



    RIP Dingell.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    He will be missed, and mourned, by good people.

    What better epitaph for a professional politician?

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    philpm says:

    Damn, that was fast. I don’t do Twitter, but I saw many a tweet of his through other outlets, and you could tell he was a straight shooting, no BS kinda guy. RIP, and condolences to his family.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Anne Laurie:
    I can’t think of anything better for a professional politician than that.
    RIP. Ya done good Mr. John Dingell, a life well spent.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Anne Laurie: Indeed. That’s the best. And he deserves it. Condolences to his family and friends; his passing is a loss for all of us.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Just yesterday he tweeted that he’d be dictating his tweets to his wife, “you’re not done with me yet.” Such spirit!

    I’m sorry he’s not going to see this country, which he clearly loved, right itself.

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    Mary G says:

    He was one of the good ones. When the auto companies were all in the toilet, and Mitt Romney & other Republicans were all “let ’em die, creative destruction” he was magnificent.

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    I loved following him on Twitter. RIP and thank you for all the good you did.

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    Mary G says:

    Has our nation ever had a more worldly-wise and wry a public servant than Mr. D? Has any man ever had a more rock solid partner than Mrs. D? Godspeed, Dean of the People’s House.— Rep. Andy Levin (@RepAndyLevin) February 8, 2019

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    Yutsano says:

    Oh man. A master of the House and a damn strong Twitter game as well. Baruch Dayan Emet

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    trollhattan says:

    A grateful nation thanks you, sir.
    A valued voice silenced and I suspect you had a great time on your journey. Can only hope to emulate it at least a bit.

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    Mary G says:

    Welp, he must care about looking like a Republican rubber stamp:

    New: Supreme Court has temporarily blocked abortion restrictions in Louisiana that critics complained were virtually identical to those struck down by the justices in 2016.The vote was 5-4. Chief Justice Roberts joined the four liberals on the court.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 8, 2019

    I can’t but laugh that evangelicals sold their souls to the devil for not much so far.

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    dmsilev says:

    Sigh. He was a good person.


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    Mai naem mobile says:

    This sucks. He was hilarious on the Twitter machine. RIP

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    Mary G says:

    His tweet thread starting here about his father’s universal health care bill that he reintroduced every year he was in office is so full of love and joy.

    Who knew health care could be so complicated?— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) March 21, 2017

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    A sad day for us. RIP, Congressman Dingell, and deepest sympathies to Representative Debbie Dingell. He was one of a kind, and I am one of the countless multitudes who will miss him.

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    BroD says:

    I’m already mourning the passing of Frank Robinson. Now this.

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    B.B.A. says:

    After seeing his Twitter posts, I got a sense of why Michiganders kept him around for almost 60 dang years. RIP, sir.

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    Mike in NC says:

    RIP. He was a great guy.

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    satby says:

    @Ohio Mom: I answered that tweet of his (as did thousands of others) to wish him well and tell him he was beloved. I hope someone read those replies to him, and like our Schlemazel, it eased his way on his journey.

    May the road rise to meet you Mr. Dingell, and God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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    Kay says:

    John Dingell
    ‏Verified account
    Jan 28
    Someone told me that the man behind everyone’s favorite cup of coffee might run for President and I just want to wish @TimHortons the very best. You have my support.

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    satby says:

    @Kay: that one still makes me laugh every time!

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    jl says:

    @Kay: Thanks. Didn’t remember that I should go look as his final tweets. Let’s hope Canada is getting a better rich guy for politics than we are :)

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    Martin says:

    What a great guy. 92 is a pretty damn good run, though, and he spent it doing good. We should all be so fortunate.

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    jl says:

    @Kay: I like this one. Sounds like an old saying I’ve never heard before, or maybe Dingell came up with it?

    Crooks like Trump will steal a hot stove and come back for the smoke. There’s no bar too low.

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    Mike E says:

    We had a confab of enviros in DC years ago, where we visited Congress and patted ourselves on the back for protecting air, land and water. Rep Dingell was a committed conservationist and warmly invited us to a special private nighttime party at the Botanical Gardens. It was really a cool experience to have such a beautiful place all to ourselves! It’s a cherished memory of happier times…rest in peace.

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    SFAW says:

    Congress would be much better with a bunch more like Rep. Dingell. I’m sorry to see him go.

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    Anne Laurie says:

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    SFAW says:

    @Mary G:

    I can’t but laugh that evangelicals sold their souls to the devil for not much so far.

    It would be great if that were true, long-term, but I think that’s highly unlikely.

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    Anne Laurie says:


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    Ben Cisco says:

    The world lost a giant today. RIP.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Mary G: RIP Dingell and yeah, hey how ’bout that Roberts? Cue Twitler tweet about how Roberts = the new Kennedy (or Souter, or whomever) in 3, 2, 1…

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    opiejeanne says:

    I am so sorry he’s gone, and I will miss his Tweets. His was one of the first accounts I followed on Twitter and he made me laugh.

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    Mary G says:

    @Jeffro: Well, Roberts did that one good thing, but the righties just lifted the stay for the guy on death row who wanted his imam with him when he was executed on the grounds that he didn’t ask soon enough.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Anne Laurie: That’s a good one!

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mary G: Fuckers.

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    The Midnight Lurker says:

    R.I.P. Rep. Dingell.

    I met him a couple of times at national. He was a very warm and funny, funny guy! He was a 2nd Louie in the Army in WWII, and was set to take part in the attack on mainland Japan. Dingell said the atomic bomb saved his life.

    Eternal peace to you, sir. I never did get to ‘Baker’s Lounge’ – but I will!

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    jacy says:

    Very sad. He will be sorely missed, but he leaves behind so much good.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I’m getting a video ad in the right-hand column for The Hollywood Reporter that won’t stay blocked. What should I do?

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    lower podunk says:

    @Amir Khalid: Hi Amir,
    I was getting those videos too. I use AdBlock Plus. I added “” to my filter and it removed the vid.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Amir Khalid: I’m seeing this note near the top of the right-hand column:

    Report Misbehavings Ads!

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    cthulhu says:

    Bummer. He should have outlived Trump.

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    tobie says:

    So sad to hear of Congressman Dingell’s passing. His punchy tweets helped me get through the past two years. We will miss you, sir!

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    Caphilldcne says:

    I work in the HIV field and he was a champion. Helped guide several reauthorizations of the Ryan White program and I think was a cosponsor if the original Ryan White CARE Act. I got to meet him directly a few times but the most memorable was if I’m recalling correctly at the White House in 2010 at the celebration of the creation of the first national HIV/AIDS strategy. I’m also from Michigan altho he was never my direct representative. He was a giant and I am truly shedding tears.

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    Anne Laurie says:

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