Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Today's Papers on Durbin's apology

Lynn Sweet over at the Sun Times writes Teary Durbin: I'm sorry , and Shailagh Murray at the Washington Post , both let us know Durbin cried yesterday.

They need to tell us if he was crying the whole week it took to apologize.

I think not, because the Chicago Trib quotes Durbin's spokesman Joe Shoemaker saying the reason for the apology was "this loud, continuous drumbeat of misinformation that was being broadcast and printed".

So maybe the tears for Durbin himself; a victim of Bush's "pretty substantial network" of bloggers and radio talk show hosts.

The drumbeat was continuous though, but Durbin's speech was straightforward. No one could deep-deconstruct anything from it but what Durbin said in plain midwest-English.

Here it is again as quoted from Hugh Hewitt's piece in The Weekly Standard on Breaking The Durbin Code,
If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners. --Sen Dick Durbin
It doesn't take a team from Bletchley Park to break this enigma. Durbin's just talked himself into a Jane Fonda moment, but Durbin's no Hollywood actress playing politician. He's a US Senator who thought and deliberated before he spoke from prepared text. Worse yet, Durbin spoke on the Senate floor on behalf of the people of Illinois.

The Trib quotes Rumsfeld today from an interview on the Tony Snow show. Durbin will be running around now for the rest of his life trying to recover from this. Let's not have him running around on our time from Illinois. It's time for Durbin to go.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in an interview to air Wednesday on Fox News Radio's "The Tony Snow Show," tried to equate Durbin's comment with actress Jane Fonda calling U.S. soldiers war criminals during a visit to North Vietnam in 1972. "Some people always in their lives say something they wish they hadn't said," Rumsfeld said. "We just watched Jane Fonda run around trying to recover from the things she did and said during the Vietnam War. ... He said some things and he's going to have to live with them, and I think that that's not a happy prospect." Defense Department spokesman Glenn Flood said Rumsfeld stands by his statements, even in light of the apology. --Chicago Tribune June 22, 2005

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