Legendary Former Rep. John Dingell Dies At Age 92

The Washington Post reports:

During his 59-year tenure as the longest-serving member of Congress, John D. Dingell Jr. uncovered government fraud, fought for universal health care, helped to pass the Civil Rights Act and fiercely defended the automotive industry. He also got to be very good at Twitter.

“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,” the Michigan Democrat tweeted last week, after Starbucks founder Howard Schultz announced that he was weighing a bid. “You have my support.”

On Thursday, after news broke that Dingell had died at the age of 92, there was a collective sense of mourning on the site where he had developed a cult following for his self-effacing humor, charmingly grumpy observations and sarcastic political commentary.