Durbin is hoping you forgot about his racism

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Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin has a lot of nerve to accuse Republicans of racism for delaying President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General considering he’s the only sitting senator who actually opposed a candidate specifically because of race. In fact, the veteran lawmaker referred to the judicial nominee as “especially dangerous” for, among other things, being “Latino.”

Additionally, Durbin has voted against several Republican presidential nominees who also happened to be ethnic minorities—Janice Rogers Brown, an African-American on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American female Secretary of State. Durbin, who has represented Illinois in Congress since 1997, most certainly was never accused of being a racist for making those choices.

Over a decade ago an inner office memorandum from Senator Durbin’s office that was not intended to be made public referred to a George W. Bush judicial nominee, Miguel Estrada, like this; “especially dangerous, because he has a minimal paper trail, he is Latino, and the White House seems to be grooming him for a Supreme Court appointment.” Following a two-year confirmation battle, Estrada withdrew his name from consideration. But the fact remains that Durbin used race as a reason to nix his appointment. Back in 2003 Judicial Watch filed a formal complaint against Durbin with the Senate Ethics Committee, which not surprisingly, took no action.

In the ethics complaint JW points out that Durbin improperly developed and engaged in a racially-motivated scheme to obstruct the confirmation of judges at the behest of political interest groups. “Denying confirmation to a judicial nominee because of his ethnicity is an outrageous act that brings enormous disgrace upon Senator Durbin and the U.S. Senate,” JW’s complaint reads. It goes on to state that Durbin’s opposition of Estrada because he’s Latino raises the specter that he also opposed judicial candidate Janice Rogers Brown because she is black.

“Senator Durbin’s racially-motivated actions and those of his agents to prevent the confirmation of Mr. Estrada bring enormous discredit upon both the Senator and the U.S. Senate,” JW further states in the 2003 complaint. “Senator Durbin has compromised his integrity, violated his oath of office, may have violated the law, and undermined the trust and confidence of the American people in their government and the U.S. Senate.” JW also requested an investigation of the matter, but the notoriously inept ethics committee blew the whole thing off.

Fast-forward to present-day kabuki theater at the nation’s capital and the script features the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat accusing Republicans of making Obama’s choice to be the nation’s next Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, “sit in the back of the bus.” Lynch would be the country’s first black female attorney general and, quick to play the race card, Durbin was clearly making a reference to Rosa Parks, a black civil rights activist who was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus during segregation in the 1950s.

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  • So, why isn’t there a link to his office email, just to remind him of his past discretions……..

    • steve harmon

      Come on Mike, sometimes you have to take the initiative. Google Sen. Durbin. You will find all his contact info.

  • durbin is an ASSWIPE of the first degree, PERIOD!

    • Right behind barney fag

  • Dick Durbin is a stupid Jacka$$ (the party’s mascot). An elephant NEVER forgets!

  • k9

    +Durbin and all the other card carrying communists in congress should all be thrown in prison for
    sticking with this communist muslim obozo that is supposed to be our president.
    senator durbin makes me ashamed to be a resident of the great state of Illinois.

  • Angela

    Durbin and a whole lot more of the Democrats forget what they have said and done in the past. They are very HYPOCRITICAL for doing this. The only reason they are wanting Lynch is the fact she is black. They know she will be another HOLDER and puppet for Obama!!

  • cmac

    Someone remind Durbin and any other democrat that pulls the race card over Lynch that Holder is also black and he is AG.

  • joe

    Senator Durbin (D-IL), Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) etc are the poster children for Congressional term limits!

  • Beaubob

    Typical of most Democrats, Durbin easily ignores his own transgressions while raising his voice in anger and pointing his blame finger at any Republican in the hope that a half truth or outright lie will stick. The main line press generally ensures that it does.

  • I am so sick of the demonRATS using the race card! That damn thing has been EXPIRED 40 years ago! This is insanity. Loretta Lynch sold NEVER be confirmed as Attorney General. Her stance on illegals & protecting them from deportation, her not sending known money laundering criminals from prison & her stance on state laws concerning voter ID! As soon as that garbage came out of her mouth, pray why should she ever be confirmed? So to Ms. Lynch the Constitution means nothing. Obama & his criminal regime believes they are above the law! Laws mean nothing to them, same for Hillary Clinton, she feels she is above the law!

  • WhatConstitution

    Typical two-faced progressivism. Do as I say, not as I do. And here’s one more thought, Durbin acts like the little bully who says, “I didn’t say it was your fault! I said I was going to blame you!” Then again, everything that’s been going on for the last 40 years or so is because of two groups of people who are actually one group, politicians. There’s almost no difference in the two parties now. As me, I know. My two senators are McCain and Flake! Democrats in Republican clothing!

  • Greg

    140 years of worthless progressives, Demorats, republicons, communist’s, an now a muslum in the boss’s office. What is happening today is a direct result of the sheeple an their belief’s to media spin, nothing more. people who are not capable of looking at the bigger picture are bringing this country to its knee’s. I really do not care who is elected as they are all brain-washed first day on the job, with a few who are not enough to make a big difference. Govt. run amuck, out of control, useless idea’s, crisis of scandles, liberal stupidity, an just a bunch of useless LIAR’s.. Durbin gets his name in the media today as they take turns in the TV spotlight of propaganda. But the sheeple will gather an talk which has nothing to do with fixing the problems of the country, and our situation continues to go down the road of a police state with communism rule. ( Country of sheeple bring’s a Govt. of Wolves ). Plain n simple::;; without the spin……

  • MKienlen

    Doesn’t surprise me at all, Washington definitely needs a RESET button. And get rid of both Dem’s & Repub’s too! they are both way too much alike.

  • sgtyork

    Durbin is a typical dimplecrat two faced liar rcace is his go card she his pea brain cannot find better. This puts him in the same bracket as ovomit and bottom holder.

  • Cissy

    Durbin, like most liberals, is an ass.

  • Keith

    Hypocrisy on the left is nothing new the originators of the Klan conveniently forget and rewrite history to suit the next narrative!!! If you do not believe this to be true wait for the liberals comments and see for yourself!! I am not saying the RINO’s are any better they are not conservative and haven’t been for a long time!! Just thinking about the paper trail comment Durbin made does that include the likes of Sotomeyor or the great legal mind of Kagan who never set on any bench????

  • Carlos

    It’s up to the voters in his state to remove Dick Turban.

  • Cindy Browne

    The people of this country do not want Loretta Lynch. Not because she is black or a woman but because we listened to her comments and conclusions during her hearing and we do not want another Eric Holder. Got it? So stop trying to stir things up. She is not what we want. We don’t want holder and we don’t want sharpton either and you are not going to shove her down our throats.

  • ExLush

    Well his parents named him appropriately, now didn’t they?

  • kenneth F

    Dick for brains durbin was a dirt bag twenty years ago. Another useful idiot from Northern Illinois. The district is filled with mindless people that keep him in office.


    The senator is often referred to as Dick “Cabeza” Durbin…….No need to ask why….

  • Scotty

    The comments on this site in aggregate would sum up the mood of the country. Accordingly, we must stop talking and start doing something about the Term Limits. We need to eliminate these co-opted, lawless elected a** holes in DC. The ONLY way to stop the out of control Bureaucrats is to keep them from festering too long in the Corridors of Corruption. Write your elected official and tell them to draft TWO TERM LIMIT legislation immediately. If we have two term limits in all branches of Government, we can keep Blooming A** holes like Durbin, Lindsay Graham, Nancy Pelosi , et. al. from being co-opted by the system. Two term limits is one more step toward getting our REPUBLIC back.