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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Senator Durbin and the Roberts Nomination

Well, turning to my field of expertise (?), the law, I was nosing around Big Blog, and saw an interesting post on Powerline regarding how the Democrats, specifically Senator Durbin, was going to play the comfirmation game. The gall of these guys is just amazing.

If this were a fight they'd have stopped it

Here's the latest in the Durbin vs. Turley saga, via the Washington Times. Durbin has acknowledged that he was the source for Turley's newspaper column which raised the suspicion that Durbin is contemplating applying a "Catholic test" to John Roberts. Durbin maintains, however, that Turley "incorrectly captured" their conversation. That may very well be. But Durbin does not deny that Turley correctly captured what Durbin told him. Indeed, Turley states that he after he wrote the column he read key portions to Durbin's press aide and the aide verified the account. Joe Shoemaker, the aide in question, declined to comment about this. So it appears that Turley put the story out in the way that Durbin wanted.

In the strangest part of the Washington Times story, Durbin's office notes that Turley introduced himself as a law professor, not a journalist. But it goes on to state that their conversation centered around a newspaper column Turley previously had written. So Durbin knew that Turley is a columnist, and in all likelihood the Senator was trying to plant a story that would raise questions about Roberts' fitness (and the left-of-center Turley raised some based on what Durbin had told him). But the real questions raised by this flap go to Durbin's character and fitness for a Senate leadership position.

Posted by Paul at 08:18 AM

Durbin, if he is anything, is consistant, consistantly blaming others for his own behavior. When he accused Guantanamo of being like the Killing Fields of Cambodia, it was the listeners fault for miscontruing him and being offended. Now it's Turley's fault for not "capturing" what the senator meant when Turley clearly reported the conversation accurately. Senator, you need help, psychiatric help. This is pathological thinking. Get off TV and go fly a couch for a year or two before you make ANY more public utterances.

If this is not a symptom of a psychological problem, it then points to the senator being ethically challenged.

Perish the thought!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Monterey John