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Dick Durbin
  • Should Americans Be Paying to Set Up Brothels? Hmmmm, That's a Tough One

    acornBy now, we've probably all heard that the crazy conservative conspiracy theorists who thought that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (or ACORN) was a corrupt tool of the worst elements of liberalism were completely justified in their crazy conspiracy theorizing.

    But have you heard this interesting thing?

    [T]he Senate yesterday voted overwhelmingly to prohibit Housing and Urban Development grants from going to [ACORN], which bills itself as "the nation's largest community organization of low and moderate income families."

    That's not really the interesting part. Of course the Senate would "overwhelmingly" vote to stop American tax dollars from going toward the illegal trafficking of sex workers and the fostering of whorehouses. I mean, really, you'd just have to be pretty dumb and politically suicidal to not vote against a thing like that.

    Here's the interesting part…

    Eighty-three senators voted for an amendment from Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., to ban the funds, with seven senators voting against the amendment and nine not voting.

    Seven United States senators voted against the bill! And they're all fucking Democrats (except for one who's an independent socialist, which is pretty much like a super Democrat)…

    NAYs —7
    Burris (D-IL)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)

    So, you were wondering how the Democrats were planning their spectacular implosion in the 2010 midterms? Does this give you any ideas?

    Tags: ACORN, Bernie Sanders, Bob Casey, Corruption, Dick Durbin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Patrick Leahy, Roland Burris, Senate
  • Harry Reid, Democratic Senators Having Trouble Counting Up to Sixty

    The vastly-Democratic U.S. Senate is having a hard time allocating the remaining $410 billion of last year's last-minute omnibus spending bill because… well, because they're Democrats

    The Senate stalled on the omnibus Thursday night when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) came up short of the 60 votes he needed to move the bill forward.

    That led to an "ugly" late-night, closed-door meeting between Reid, Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — aides in the hall heard yelling and swearing — and it has fanned House Democrats’ anger over Rei'’s inability to move bills without granting major concessions to marginal members of both parties.

    "We're always frustrated with the Senate," House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Friday. The rejoinder from Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), a suddenly powerful centrist who helped strip the House stimulus bill of billions: "I've said all along, the House needs to learn how to count the votes in the Senate." Reid's own vote count came up short Thursday night.

    Now, you might not think that counting to 60 is particularly difficult. But, you gotta remember, these are not professional mathematicians we're talking about here.

    To count all the way up to sixty, you've got to convince at least three congresspeople to take off their shoes and socks so that you can use all their toes as well as fingers.

    And, as you know, you can't convince a full three Democratic congresspeople to do any one thing.

    Tags: California, Dick Durbin, Economy, Harry Reid, House of Representatives, Illinois, Nancy Pelosi, Nevada, Senate
  • Brad Pitt's Visit to DC the Most Exciting Thing to Happen to DC Since George Clooney

    56905470Here is handsome legislator Brad Pitt (D-Kalifornia), strolling the halls of the Capitol where he was yesterday, in person, talking about New Orleans and completely freaking out the interns because OMG!!!

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was not immune to his charms. Praising Pitt for his work to rebuild New Orleans' hurricane-ravaged 9th Ward, she even allowed that meeting him affords her "bragging rights to my children and my grandchildren — a real treat for me as well."

    Nancy Pelosi gets so few "treats" these days, why not? She will have even more to brag about when Brad Pitt adopts her grandchildren. But what will Harry Reid do?

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confided to Pitt that he was envious that his lieutenant, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, got to meet soccer star Mia Hamm a day earlier, according to one person who was present and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Well, Pitt replied, he'll bring along co-parent Angelina Jolie next time to help Reid make Durbin jealous, this person said. Later, a Durbin aide sniffed: "Durbin's already met Angelina Jolie."

    Snap! Take that, Reid, and shove it under your sad little shrine to Mia Hamm. In fact, rumor has it that Dick Durbin's looking heavier than usual these days… too many trips to the Senate cafeteria?


    Tags: Brad Pitt, Dick Durbin, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi
  • Sen. Dick Durbin Has Some Advice for Sen. Roland Burris

    I wonder what Illinois' senior senator Dick Durbin thinks his state's new junior senator Roland Burris should do now that it's looking like he may not be a totally innocent party in the whole Blagojevich affair…

    "I told him that under the circumstances I would consider resigning," Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois' senior senator and the Senate's No. 2 Democrat said after a nearly hour-long meeting with Burris.

    Oh, really? Well, I suppose that means Burris will be leaving the Senate now. I bet he's packing up his stuff right now as you read this…

    "He's told me clearly that he will not resign."

    Or not. Yeah, I guess not. That kinda makes more sense.

    Tags: Dick Durbin, Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, Roland Burris, Senate
  • Senators Pile-On Roland Burris After Swearing-In

    Yesterday — despite weeks of a three-ring political circus — Roland Burris was officially sworn in as Illinois' junior senator…

    A who's who of senators and House members flocked to Sen. Roland Burris on the U.S. Senate floor after his swearing-in Thursday as the chamber's newest member, ending an embarrassing episode for Democrats who vowed to block his appointment.

    "I'm feeling terrifically vindicated," Mr. Burris, who was barred from the swearing-in ceremony last week over objections that his appointment was made by scandal-plagued Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich, said later outside the chamber…

    On the Senate floor, a beaming Mr. Burris found himself wrapped in hugs by fellow Democrats who once locked him out, including the other Illinois senator, Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

    Sure, he's beaming now. But I wonder how he'll feel after Harry and Dick catch him alone in the senatorial shower room. When he finds out why they're called "Leader" and "Whip."

    Some advice for the new Senator Burris: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

    Tags: Dick Durbin, Harry Reid, Illinois, Roland Burris, Senate