Our Views: The old man of the House

At age 87, with his name already firmly in the record books, we think John Dingell earned the right to describe service in the U.S. House of Representatives as “obnoxious.”

That was the parting shot of the crusty member who has represented Michigan, not to mention the United Auto Workers, since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

Dingell deplored to the Detroit News the rancid partisanship that has so changed the institution he served for decades. He is the longest-serving member of Congress, and his father was a member of the House before him.

The young Dingell was in the House chamber as a page when President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

An amazing run, and one that has included lifelong devotion to national health care and the promotion of his state’s auto industries.