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Durbin Update

I called Senator Dick Durbin’s office this morning at (202) 224-2152 and, after being on hold for a while, laid out the reasons why I think Durbin should resign from the Senate. His staffer told me that as of this morning, he is standing by his statement comparing American soldiers to the Nazis, the Communists and the Khmer Rouge. There was one caveat, however: the staffer told me that Durbin »

The Durbin infecta

Senator Dick Durbin — soon to be Turban Durbin — stands pat. Hugh Hewitt has the quote (and much more): I have heard my colleagues and others in the press suggest that I have said our soldiers could be compared to Nazis. I’d say to the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, I do not even know if the interrogator involved here was an American soldier. I didn’t say that »

Durbin makes stuff up

Featured image I devoted a ten-part series to the proposition than Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is worse than stupid. In Washington, that places him in a crowd, but he is something special. His name isn’t Biggus Dickus, but it should be. He is the biggest Dick in Washington. Most recently, Durbin alleged that a Republican leader told President Obama to his face in a meeting during the shutdown: “I cannot even »

Is Dick Durbin the Dumbest Democrat?

Featured image The competition is intense, but Durbin is definitely a contender. Here is the latest evidence: In preparation for a previously announced hearing on controversial “stand your ground” laws announced after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., sent letters to more than 300 possible corporate backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council, requesting their position on such policies in states »

Durbin Encounters the New Media

As we noted earlier today, Paul is in Washington with filmmaker Andrew Marcus covering the Senate Judiciary Committee’s NSA hearings. The Senators periodically give interviews outside of the hearing room, and this morning Paul asked a question of Senator Dick Durbin. Paul’s question was a good one: FISA contains an exception for surveillance that is authorized by another statute, and the administration says that the Authorization for Use of Military »

Durbin Encounters the New Media

As we noted earlier today, Paul is in Washington with filmmaker Andrew Marcus covering the Senate Judiciary Committee’s NSA hearings. The Senators periodically give interviews outside of the hearing room, and this morning Paul asked a question of Senator Dick Durbin. Paul’s question was a good one: FISA contains an exception for surveillance that is authorized by another statute, and the administration says that the Authorization for Use of Military »

Hyde vs. Durbin

I understand that Congressman Henry Hyde has sent the following letter to Senator Richard Durbin: I read with some interest comments attributed to you in news reports detailing your Monday meeting with the President’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. While we may disagree on various domestic and international issues, we have also found common ground over the years on numerous matters of importance to all Americans. As »

The Star Tribune is Fonda Durbin

Tomorrow’s Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial endorses the vile, ignorant fulminations of Senator Durbin and chides Durbin only for not standing fully behind them: “Durbin’s message/U.S. must end prisoner abuse.” The Star Tribune’s criticism of Durbin for buckling is as ill-founded as its support of the aid and comfort Durbin’s trash talk has lent the enemies of the United States. The Star Tribune says Durbin got it right and shouldn’t have »

Newt Says: Censure Durbin

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich sent the following letter to all U.S. Senators today: Dear Senator _______________: By his statements equating American treatment of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay with the behavior of the evil regimes of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, and Pol Pot »

Durbin Feels the Heat

Dick Durbin has posted a sort-of apology on his web site; here it is: »

“Durbin Must Go”

The Boston Herald called this morning for Dick Durbin’s resignation. The Herald draws an excellent comparison between Trent Lott’s faux pas and Durbin’s slander of the U.S. armed forces: The second highest ranking Democrat in the Senate has compared American servicemen and women to Nazis on the floor of that body. Has political debate sunk so low that a comment that hideous can be made by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) »

Senator Durbin’s trifecta

Earlier today Scott noted that Senator Durbin hit the “mo’ better metaphors” trifecta, managing to compare our practices at Guantanamo Bay with those of the Nazis, the Soviets, and the Khmer Rouge. Scott gave me credit for “anticipat[ing] the rabid foaming at the mouth” of Durbin and his partner in defamation Senator Leahy. In fact, however, I never expected that any U.S. Senator would express such absurd sentiments. I didn’t »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid

Featured image John Hinderaker called out Dick Durbin for his stupidity in “Is Dick Durbin the dumbest Democrat?” Recognizing the intensity of the competition for the laurels, John left the question open, but he found Durbin definitely to be in the running. But Durbin is worse than stupid. He is a bully and a thug. As John recounted, Durbin has been sending out letters to anyone he has determined to have funded »

The real war on women (and speech): Dick Durbin edition

Featured image According to an analysis conducted by Andrew Stiles for the Washington Free Beacon, women in the office of Senator Dick Durbin make 77 cents to each dollar earned by men. Using the sophisticated logic employed by the White House and other Democrats such as Durbin, this shows that Durbin himself is guilty of waging a war on women. Americas PAC has had the temerity to point this out in radio »

Dumb Dick Durbin Demagogues Hobby Lobby

Featured image We have speculated from time to time on whether Dick Durbin is the dumbest Democrat of them all. It is a hotly contested title, but he is definitely a contender. Most recently, Durbin has been discoursing on the Hobby Lobby decision. At NRO’s Bench Memos, Ed Whelan takes him apart: Democratic senator Richard Durbin contends that the Hobby Lobby ruling violates the “fundamental premise” of Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 10

Featured image We commenced this series and pursued its theme to draw attention to Senator Dick Durbin’s letter to 300 supporters of the American Legislative Exchange Council. A copy of one such letter (to our friends at the Center of the American Experiment in Minneapolis) is posted online here. The letter is a none too subtle instrument of intimidation in the Democrats’ misuse of the Zimmerman case for ulterior political purposes. The »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 9

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore took up Dick Durbin’s campaign against ALEC last week in “ALEC strikes back.” Moore reported from ALEC’s convention in Chicago last week that Durbin’s letter to ALEC’s supporters “was all anyone was talking about.” Moore provides an optimistic take on the upshot: “I really think the letter backfired,” says Jonathan Williams, an ALEC task force director. “It fired up a lot of our members.” »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 8

Featured image On Friday the Washington Times published an editorial addressing Dick Durbin’s campaign of intimidation against ALEC and its supporters. We have featured Durbin’s campaign in several parts of this series; it represents a shocking abuse of his office. Durbin speaks up defending his behavior in a (patently false) Chicago Tribune column that Roll Call quotes here. Yesterday we excerpted Professor Bradley Smith’s concise condemnation of Durbin’s campaign. Here is Friday’s »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 7

Featured image Bradley A. Smith holds the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law position at Capital University Law School and Visiting Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. Chair of Law at West Virginia University College of Law. A 2010 recipient of the Bradley Prize, he is one of the nation’s leading authorities on election law and campaign finance. In 2000, he was nominated by President Clinton to fill a »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 6

Featured image When the IRS targeting of conservative groups first saw the light of day this spring, Dick Durbin intoned: “It is absolutely unacceptable to single out any political group — right, left or center — and say we’re going to target them. That is unthinkable. That goes back to some of the worst days of the Richard Nixon administration.” (Durbin could teach Uriah Heep a thing or two about false sincerity.) »