June 10, 2005
STOP QUOTING ME!:
Durbin blames 'right wing' (James G. Lakely, June 10, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)
The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate yesterday blamed "the right wing" and elements of the press "in service to it" for repeating Howard Dean's remarks about Republican...
You know you're a permanent minority when you think that your opponents repeating your ideas aloud is a dirty trick.
Posted by Orrin Judd at June 10, 2005 7:13 AM
You took seriously something we said! How ridiculous is that?
Durbin is playing with fire here. The press is generally sympathetic to Durbin's program. But they will regard his trying to edit them as an affront and a threat to their stature as what Dean said can't be bottled up. If they do Durbin's bidding - or are challenged for even thinking about it - their credibility takes another hit. Stealth support is viable. Durbin puts them in a bind where they have to attack to preserve the fig leaf.
Anyone here remember Gingrich's "wither on the vine" remark? You'll note that the conservative press has quoted Dean fairly, but when the Democrats/MSM (quickly morphing into one entity) spread around a damning quote by a Republican politician, it's usually taken out of context.