Dick Durbin's Messaging

So George Bush fires his relatively moderate Chief of Staff but leaves in place the architects of the Iraq War, and this is Dick Durbin's response:

"I don't think he comes to this job with a great set of credentials. But I want to give him a chance. You know, the bottom line is, if the president of the United States is going to lead this country in a new direction, which they are begging for, then he needs a new approach, a new team, maybe a new set of political values" (CNN, 3/26).

My sense here is that Democrats should no longer give the President a chance.  Bush is a weak and cowardly man.  He will not hold his failed subordinates, such as Don Rumsfeld, accountable for allowing torture and going into Iraq without doing any planning.  Why exactly does he deserve a chance?  The American people don't want him to have another chance, they want him stopped.

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You're right:B* isn't going to change - he never


Someone has to put the brakes on this runaway misadventure; he's wrecked the budget,the Constitution, exhausted the Army

We need a Democratic Congress to be elected in Nov to constantly say NO and to wrestle the wheel back

by merbex 2006-03-29 05:52AM | 0 recs
Democratic Responses

WTF?  I'm long past wondering why the democrats act/react the way they do to the questionable (at best) actions of the administration.  Oh well, at least they're consistent.  "Needs time and/or study".  Or in this case, (apologies to Lennon) give freaks a chance.

by rba 2006-03-29 06:19AM | 0 recs
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Do you really think he was being serious here?  

One hint of his snark and/or framing could be that he also said the President needed "a new set of political values" if he was going to lead the country in a new direction.

C'mon.  Dick Durbin wasn't actually implying that he's going to give Bush another chance.  

by Josh Orton 2006-03-29 06:19AM | 0 recs
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This is a much better catch that Durbin's!

But I don't believe it. And, even if it's true, he should know talk show transcripts don't come with smileys.

by skeptic06 2006-03-29 06:46AM | 0 recs
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He's my Senator, and although I support most of what he has done, these type of things are extremely frustrating.  Remember him literally crying on the Senate floor during his apology for a Hitler analogy.  I mean Republicans make that disgusting analogy, what, everyday?  

He represents a fairly sympathetic state to Democrats and people would respect a harsher criticism of the administration here.

by Eric11 2006-03-29 07:10AM | 0 recs
Call that *messaging*?

...and maybe a new set of political values

This guy is second ranking in the Senate Dem leadership.

And he doesn't seem to have passed Talk Show 101!

Or realize that he's in the opposition party.

Whether this is an ineradicable cringing reflex or merely rank incompetence, Dem Senators need to evaluate their leadership strategy (Kidding. Of course there's no strategy!) and personnel stat.

by skeptic06 2006-03-29 06:29AM | 0 recs
Dick(less) Durbin

... lost any respect when he apologized for his Gitmo remarks.  Guy like him and Levin epitomize the Democratic Senate.  Very discouraging.

by tuffie 2006-03-29 07:51AM | 0 recs
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Pathetic.  These Dem "leaders" got infected with "wouldn't be prudent" disease years ago, and their rollover post 9-11 just locked them in.  Their "strategy" in the 2002 mid-term elections was the saddest misread I can remember.  Dick Gephardt's Republican-lite leadership was a disaster for the party.

Guys like Durbin have a tin ear.  They just can't get the emergent mood of the elctorate, partly because their frame of reference is more Congress than the average voter.  Thye have more in common with Bush than with us.

This is what makes smart and gutsy Dems like Feingold, Boxer, Harkin etc. all the more valuable.

by Thaddeus 2006-03-29 09:36AM | 0 recs
He's my Senator too

and I am truly ashamed of the way Durbin and the rest of the Democratic cowards are wettings themselves at the thought that they might be called upon to take a courageous stance and sticke with it.

Feingold, Boxer and Harkin have gotten right and the rest of the lily-livered Dems need to be booted out.

by pascal1947 2006-03-29 10:51AM | 0 recs
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Durbin is being unduly diplomatic. Yes, you're right, Matt, Bush doesn't deserve a chance, but he can't say that...especially the way he was jumped on by the wingnuts after his Nazi comment. (yes, I was disappointed when he apologized.)

But he always votes progressively, He's better than Obama in that way because Obama voted for that bill that limited people's abiity to join in a class action suit. (At least they both voted against the heinous debt-slavery-inducing bankruptcy bill.)

I've written Durbin 3 times about joining Feingold's censure resolution. I think he will.
He's a good guy.

by sarik 2006-03-30 07:59PM | 0 recs


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