Right, center or left, we need more representatives who love Congress the way Hyde did -- as a magnificent expression of our experiment in self-government -- and do all that they can to make it an institution worth loving. "When I cross the river for the last time," he told friends not long ago, echoing Gen. MacArthur, "my thoughts will be of the House, the House, the House."
In a speech in the midst of the impeachment fight, he had proclaimed, "We vote for our honor, which is the only thing we get to take with us to the grave." Henry Hyde departs with his honor intact, honed during decades of public service and acknowledged by all. RIP