June 16, 2005


Durbin won't apologize for Guantanamo comments (MEGAN REICHGOTT, 6/16/05, Chicago Sun-Times)

Sen. Dick Durbin refused to apologize Wednesday for comments he made on the Senate floor comparing the actions of American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Soviet gulags and a ''mad regime'' like Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot's in Cambodia.

Durbin's comments created a buzz Wednesday on the Internet, fueled by sound bites of his speech on radio talk shows. By Wednesday afternoon, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna asked Durbin to apologize.

''Senator Durbin's comments come as a great disservice to our military personnel in Guantanamo,'' McKenna said in a statement. ''They are also a great disservice to all U.S. soldiers and veterans who have fought, and continue to fight, to overcome evil regimes and spread democracy around the world.''

Durbin did not plan to apologize for the comments, spokesman Joe Shoemaker said.

Does the Democratic Party have any adult supervision?

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 16, 2005 6:08 AM

Does he realize that he sticking up for the man, whose role was literally his assassin, the 20th
hijacker, was meant to complete Flight 93 attack
team; to take out the Capitol

Posted by: narciso at June 16, 2005 10:45 AM

Liberalism is hardly a stranger to self-loathing.

Posted by: oj at June 16, 2005 10:51 AM

do liberals really loathe themselves ? maybe they do, but it sure seems like they really really love themselves, and look down on everyone else.

Posted by: cjm at June 16, 2005 12:23 PM

Durbin, who once was a pretty stable guy, seems to have gone off the deep end. Perhaps, he sees the utter weakness of the Illinois Republican party as guaranteeing him a Senate seat for life. Seeing that he has no home threat whatsoever, he wants national prominence. And he figures the easiest way to do that is to be the most obvious moonbat in the Senate Democratic caucus. Teddy can barely stand up and Leahy is an obvious clown from a state no one cares about. Boxer is a joke, it is still amazing that California would elect Kyle Bralovsky's mother.

Posted by: bart at June 16, 2005 12:35 PM

Isn't he #3 if the dems take over the senate?

Posted by: Sandy P. at June 16, 2005 12:52 PM

So they've gone from comparing Republicans to Nazis to comparing our soldiers to Nazis. And, considering the lack of uproar in his party about this, his side believes this is a winning political strategy.

If the Republicans are the Stupid Party, these guys need a straitjacket.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at June 16, 2005 3:33 PM

His web site indicates that Richard Durbin is the Ass Democratic Leader.

Posted by: Neo at June 16, 2005 4:54 PM

President ProTem of the Senate is usually reserved for the majority party's most senior member. It's currently Stevens of Alaska, and would be the Kleagle if the Dems were in charge. (I seem to remember the Dems kept Stevens on when they seized power in the Senate in 2001. At least I don't remember any change occuring...)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 16, 2005 5:46 PM

Oops. It was Thurmond in '001, Stevens today. (Why do I always find these mistakes or typos within the first ten seconds of pressing "Post"?)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 16, 2005 5:48 PM