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Quotational Therapy: Part 127 -- Quoting Senator Durbin Accurately.

Stay Classy, Dick Durbin-

As long as we're doing YouTube links, here's a hilarious one from Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois:

Basically, in this video, Durbin (the D Whip in the Senate) attacks Senator Ensign's staffers for passing along a a misquoted statement by Durbin to their boss.

But then, Durbin had to come back and admit the quote was correct all along. Here are the quotes:

SEN. DURBIN: “Finally … a friend of mine and colleague, Senator Ensign of Nevada, came to the floor just yesterday and quoted me. Unfortunately – I’m sure his staff is responsible for this – but Senator Ensign’s quotation was not accurate. … Unfortunately, Senator Ensign’s staff did not give him the entire quote, and in fairness to him I want to put it in the record so that he gets a chance to read exactly what I said. … I urge his staff to be on their toes.

And then...

[MINUTES LATER] I misread my notes for that statement. I want to clarify that Senator Ensign did, in fact, quote me accurately … I apologize if my earlier statement suggested that Senator Ensign had said something different. He did accurately quote me...”

The shamed Durbin then changed the Congressional Record to mitigate his original attack on Senator Ensign and his staff:


Durbin, literally re-writing history, after failing to re-write history.

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Posted by Will Franklin · 9 February 2007 02:33 PM



Posted by: zsa zsa at February 9, 2007 03:46 PM

I have never understood why Congresscreeps (Senate or House) should be allowed to change the record. I find that absolutely outrageous.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at February 9, 2007 08:46 PM

Well, Ken S, fifth string on the banjo of life...IF Jimma Carter (pea NUT) and Sandy Berger (Burgular) can change history???? Why can't Dick Dubin????...

Posted by: zsa zsa at February 10, 2007 07:43 AM

Dick Durbin (Dumbin)...

Posted by: zsa zsa at February 10, 2007 10:25 AM

You have no idea how proud I am that Mr. Durbin is the senior senator from my home state. I hear the junior senator is very clean as well.

What a maroon.

Posted by: Chris at February 12, 2007 10:33 PM