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Wow! Dick Durbin is Making Sense

Wow! Dick Durbin is Making Sense
August 27
16:59 2018

Arguably, one of the most partisan, strident and aggressive Democrats in the United States Senate is Illinois Senator Dick Durbin. He currently serves in a leadership position as Assistant Democratic Leader — having been one step behind New York Senator Chuck Schumer in the race for the top post of Senate Minority Leader.

Because of his unrelenting attacks on all things Republican and conservative for many years, Durbin has joined that small cadre of senators who make frequent appearances on MSNBC. He is the personification of liberal Democrat talking points. He is the consummate dervish of political spin.

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Needless to say, Durbin’s partisan personality has been on full display since the election of President Trump. That is why his most recent appearance was a bit of a surprise. He eschewed his traditional hardline rhetoric. This is not to suggest that he totally abandoned his far-left perspective, but it was tempered with a nod to moderation.

What made this tonal transformation noteworthy was the fact that it came after the Cohen plea agreement. As virtually the entire #NeverTrump clan was in hyper and almost hysterical condemnation of Trump – calling for his impeachment, resignation and abandonment by every ally, friend and family member – Durbin took a wait and see attitude.

It came in response to a question as to whether Trump’s alleged offenses were sufficient to consider impeachment, and whether Democrat candidates for Congress should now campaign on that issue. Durbin did not equivocate. He answered with a firm “no.”

He rightfully explained that removing a president from office is perhaps the greatest power of Congress. It must only be done for the most serious reasons. He correctly noted that in the three most serious actions against a president – Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton – Congress has never removed a president from office.

In the cases of Johnson and Clinton – both who were impeached by the House of Representative – the Senate refused to remove them from office. In the case of Nixon, he resigned rather than have the anticipated impeachment on his record. Most scholars believe that even had he been impeached by the House, as expected, the Senate would again have refused to take the Draconian step of removal from office.

Durbin essentially said that a sufficient case against Trump has not been made, despite the dubious verdicts reached in the court-of-public-opinion. He said all judgment should be held in abeyance until Special Counsel Robert Mueller issues his report. Durbin did not think the president would be indicted, but such a report could provide grounds for a political impeachment.

Durbin, by implication, even left open the possibility that Trump could be vindicated by a Mueller report. If so, “so be it,” he said.

Of course, part of Durbin’s refusal to take part in impeachment talk may be in line with the general sentiment among the savvy Democrats that such talk will actually turn voters away from Democrats in the upcoming mid-term election. Such talk may play well for congressional candidates in districts with the strongest anti-Trump sentiment – such as Maxine Waters or Alexandria Occasion-Cortez – but it scares most Americans. We do not like using political means to remove a person, especially a president, from an office to which they have been duly elected.

If there is anything that can be extrapolated from Durbin’s remarks is that there may be a bit of anxiety behind the partisan bluster. Is it possible Trump gets cleared by Mueller? Is it possible Trump can weather the storm regardless? Is it possible that there may not be that blue wave that is being predicted with such assuredness?

This would not be the first time Democrats and the press saw their excessive optimism meet crushing reality on Election Day. It happened in 2010, 2014 and in a big way in 2016. Perhaps it is those recollections that had Durban uncharacteristically putting the brake on impeachment talk.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Gandalf
    Gandalf August 28, 19:41

    Dismissing an impeachment is only a tactic being used by the Dimwits in an attempt to avoid voter anger and a rush to the Republicans. I have two rules regarding Dimwits. Rule #1: Dimwits are liars and schemers and will say anything to get votes or approval; Rule #2: If you are thinking that a Dimwits has changed his ways and sees the light, re-read Rule #1!

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  2. Ric B
    Ric B August 28, 19:46

    Most Americans are moderate, that is why it is so concerning that the moderates, the thoughtful ones like McCain have been replaced in leadership positions in the GOP by radicals who treat moderates as “RINOs” and that any compromise from their cult Kool Aid is heresy. Trump leads the way in this, and God help you if you disagree with them on 1 item in 100. Bi-partisan respect has always been the best policy.

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  3. Ophelia Roa
    Ophelia Roa September 06, 01:23

    There are a few interesting points with time in the following paragraphs but I don’t know if these center to heart. There’s some validity but I most certainly will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Great post , thanks and then we want more! Put into FeedBurner likewise

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