House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, #2 House Democrat, said that black U.S. senatorial candidate Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele was "slavishly" supporting the GOP. Steele spokesman Doug Heye characterized Hoyer's statements as "insensitive and pretty stupid." The Democratic Whip yesterday replied, "I should not have used those words." Steele's spokesman said, "This is nothing new for Steny Hoyer." He added that in 2002 Hoyer was quoted as referring to Steele as a "token" candidate. What would Senator Byrd have said--now that he's a U.S. senator, that is?