Skip to comments.What's a bigger national embarrassment - Gitmo or Durbin
Posted on 06/17/2005 6:15:57 AM PDT by robowombat
What's a bigger national embarrassment - Gitmo or Durbin? June 16th, 2005
After his most recent display of malignant partisanship and disregard for our countrys security, people in the rest of the country are no doubt wondering, as one writer here speculated yesterday, whether Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has lost his mind.
If you missed the senators latest, his speech our treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo on June 14, 2005 on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Lets just call it the Pol Pot or Rice Pilafits all the same speech, or even better, the U.S. Military Are As Bad As Nazis speech. There they go again, supporting our troops.
Some may be so shocked by the Senators remarks that they will speculate about his motives. Is he trying to take the heat off of Howard Dean, or trying to appeal to the same moonbats in his party that greet Deans insane ravings with You go, Howard!?
No, wait, that is the Democratic Party today, the perfunctory statements by certain members of Congress notwithstanding. Those who search for the reasons behind such despicable remarks are unfamiliar with the Senators long and shameful record. Since it includes enthusiastic and vocal support for the George-Soros funded MoveOn.org, are the Nazi comparisons to American troops really a surprise?
In January, 2004, after CBS refused to sell MoveOn.org an ad on the Super Bowl, Durbin made a speech on the floor of the Senate denouncing this supposed crime against freedom of speech.
Flash forward to March 16, 2005, when the senior Senator from Illinois literally became a cheerleader for this left-wing outfit, ending a speech with a spirited Right on, Move on!
Ah, another proud moment for us citizens of Illinois!
We here in Illinois are used to Senator Durbin making a total fool of himself, although I must admit that his latest leaves even those of us all too familiar with his embarrassing antics stunned, horrified and humiliated once again at the thought of being represented by this pathetic leftist hack. My listeners and I call Senator Durbin Eddie Haskell for his nauseatingly avuncular, soft-spoken demeanor, his constant sighing expressions of sadness over the dishonesty of Republicans, and his obviously phony earnestness. He does the fake sincerity thing almost as well as Diane Sawyer.
Senator Durbin hopes this act will mask his extremist left wing views and distract from his equally appalling voting record. Just to give you an idea of what I mean, in 2000, his ADA (Americans for Democratic Action, the gold standard for liberalism) was a 95. Just to put that in perspective, Barbara Boxer got an 85. Ted Kennedy got a 90.
I hesitate to do what I am about to do because most of us here in the Land of Lincoln are already mortified, but so the rest of the country can appreciate what a disgrace Sen. Durbin has been for sometime, lets recall some of the other episodes in Sen. Durbins career:
Durbin claims the White House is out to get him In another episode of an on-going series that could be called Democrats and Their Imaginary Friends, Durbin claims that an anonymous White House staffer is attempting to spread rumors that some of his Senate colleagues want him removed from the Intelligence Committee because of his criticism the war in Iraq in general and that 16 words about Niger in the 2003 State of the Union speech in particular. Once again, Durbin is sad that evil Republicans are persecuting not only him, but that other radiant jewel of ignorance Joseph Wilson. (Durbin Fights Leak Allegation, The Hill, July 23, 2003)
Durbin Revealed to be a sock puppet for NARAL and People for the American Way, Demands to Know Who Let This Get Out Late in 2003, we got confirmation, in the form of internal memoranda from extreme left-wing groups committed to undo the results of the presidential election, of what we knew all along: Durbins claims to opposing judicial nominees like Janice Rogers Brown and Miguel Estrada out of legitimate concerns about merit and judicial temperament were baloney. He takes his marching orders from Ralph Neas and Kate Michelman. He and his leftist colleagues were determined to attempt to unilaterally amend the Constitution, or blow their collective noses on it, if necessary, to keep judges off the bench who will refuse to impose liberalism on the American people.
When these memos were discovered, rather than address the fact that he is a toady for these groups, Durbin went into outrage mode and demanded to know how this information was revealed. Since we are so fond of Nazi comparisons these days, heres one: I suppose that if Durbins name had been found on a list of administrators at Dachau, hed suggest that the fact that he marched people into ovens didnt matter. What mattered was how that list got leaked.
Oh, and since we are so enamored of apologies these days, except for Sen. Durbin, who has said he wont apologize for his slander of our brave military, perhaps he might consider an apology to Miguel Estrada, not for the racist remark in the November, 2001 memo which described Mr. Estrada as especially dangerous because he is Latino, but for wasting several years of his life.
Durbin, while railing against those fighting the war on terror, admits on national television that he does not know what he would have done to prevent 9/11. On his Hardball show on MSNBC on January 6, 2005, Chris Matthews asks Dick Durbin about his policy on torture in the context of questioning terrorist prisoners. Heres the question:
Well, let me give you an example close to home. We picked up Moussaoui, who many people believe was the 20th hijacker. We picked him up before 9/11. If you had been there, the commander on the spot, and you knew that this character knew that something was coming really bad, would you have turned the thumbscrews on him?
And what does Mr. Accountabilty say? The guy who condemns every action by the adminstration to fight the war on terror? He must have a better idea, right? Not exactly. He replies:
"To stop 3,000 people from dying, I'm not sure what I would have done."
What?! You dont know what you would have done?! But feel free, Senator, to criticize those who are responsible for making the tough decisions. Isn't it nice to have the luxury of sitting back to point fingers at dedicated public servants, self-righteously pound the table demanding that our evil government respect the civil rights of our enemies, and wallow in narcissistic conspiracy theories in which one is the ultimate victim (see above). I am reminded of the memorable quip by the late Susan Sontag:
"I actually envy paranoids. They actually feel people are paying attention to them."
Im leaving out some other ridiculous stunts, like his recent self-righteous, and easily disproven, denial of religious prejudice against Bill Pryor to his call to investigate Jeff Gannon, but I think the reader can now understand why the only way that the Senator could shock his constituents would be to announce that he has decided to reverse his long-standing procedure and begin to actually honor his oath to uphold the Constitution. What many of us dont understand, and find very discouraging, Is our junior senator Obamas statement during that famous Democrat convention speech,
Thank you, Dick Durbin. You make us proud.
Oh, I dont think so, Senator Obama. In fact, since Dick Durbin will not apologize for his treasonous remarks, perhaps we in Illinois should apologize for Dick Durbin.
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Since this alleged FBI report is an official document, it had better be guarded by armed guards. Don't forget sandy "the burglar" berger is walking the streets.
Remember the dummicrats slogan, "the end justifies the means"
Dubrin is indeed a traitorous fool...a dangerous fool. But, still, nothing more than a fool.
Instead of recalling previous stupid remarks, recall this idiot of a senator.
I really liked this article. I imgine Dirty Durbin won't bother to read it. He's as bad as Daschle and his ilk.
"I fully support President Clinton and our national security team's decision to take swift action against Saddam Hussein. The attack against this dictator should come as no surprise. The record clearly shows that he has harassed American and United Nations inspectors, ordered the destruction of important documents in anticipation of inspections and hampered the ability of inspectors to carry out their mission. His defiant protection of his weapons of mass destruction cannot go unanswered. I call on those who question the motives of the president and his national security advisors to join with the rest of America in presenting a united front to our enemies abroad. The men and women who are risking their lives in defense of our national and global security deserve nothing less." (1998)
"Efforts by White House officials to intimidate those who questioned the intelligence on Iraq could be illegal and must be investigated." (2002)
Oops 3 paragraphs in.
Being called Eddie Haskell is quit the insult, IMHO. And rather funny.
Terri O'Brian is a lawyer, a "babe" and has a biting Couler-esk wit.
If the people of Illinois don't like him, why is he still in office???
Poor Eddie Haskell. He was never so mean to the Beaver that he deserves this comparisson.
The press with it's continual battering of the Administration on insignificant items is as irresponsible as Durbin, Time, News Week, the NY and LA Times commit errors, errors of omission, with their selective reporting. Little wonder Fox is so popular, at least with Fox you get both sides of the story. Sorry the Liberals think that because Fox reports both sides the side they don't want out is exposed. Limbaugh and Drudge are also listened to because you get both sides of the story are at least the side not told by the Old Media.
Because the voters of Chicago outnumber the voters in the rest of the state about 3 to 1. It would take an extremely high turnout by downstaters to compete with them.
Are the people of Illinois going to lead a recall against this Traitor?
Correct me if I'm wrong but my understanding is that you can't recall a federal Senator in any state. It would take the Senate Ethics Committee do drum up charges and then a vote by the congress would determine his fate.
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