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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 »

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.) »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 5

Featured image In a New York Post column last month, Glenn Reynolds responds to Senator Dick Durbin’s column in the Chicago Sun-Times. Thus spake Durbin: “Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech. But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive.” Durbin opines: “A journalist gathers information »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 4

Featured image John Hinderaker is past chairman of the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s voice of sanity. I am a past member of the board. The Center is a nonpartisan, tax-exempt, public policy and educational institution that brings conservative and free market ideas to bear on the hardest problems facing Minnesota and the nation. To borrow the immortal words of Daniel Webster in the Dartmouth College case, it is a small »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 3

Featured image In this installment of our series featuring the distasteful Dick, I yield the floor to Richard Epstein. Epstein lucidly explores Durbin’s destructive foray into the regulation of the financial services industry in “The Dick Durbin debit card fiasco.” Professor Epstein packs a lot of learning into a brief column on a complex subject. Durbin’s leading role in the drama could be written off to stupidity, but it is worse than »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 2

Featured image A reader writes to comment on “Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid”: In the many times I’ve testified in the Senate, I’ve only been abused and mistreated once–by Dick Durbin. A bully and a thug, for sure. The House is sort of a circus, so you never know what might happen, but the Dems in the Senate have generally treated me with some degree of respect (after all, I’m testifying as »

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 »

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 »

Turban Durbin’s Stimulus Package Goes Limp

Featured image “Turban Durbin” is the moniker Illinois’s far-left Democratic Senator Dick Durbin acquired when he compared U.S. troops in Iraq to Nazis back around 2005.  No need to flog that hobby horse again.  Better is his moaning in the Puffington Host today that the debt ceiling deal spells the end of Keynesianism.  Sayeth the Turban-man: “I would say … that symbolically, that agreement is moving us to the point where we »

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 »