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August 15, 2005

Yeah Baby...

Gotta love those Marquess of Queensberry rules in action (see previous post). Remember the big brouhaha back in July about Dick Durbin asking John Roberts whether he would have to recuse himself from cases involving Catholic doctrine?

If you recall, Durbin and Jonathan Turley then got into a little tussle about who said what. Durbin denied being the source for the story, denied even asking the question in the first place, and stated Roberts had never said he would recuse himself (thereby making Turley's entire LA Times column look like a lie). Understandably, Turley was not pleased.

Well now Le Worm Journalistique, she has turned:

...Turley is still mad at being called a liar by a senator who was actually the one lying to him and he has revealed that he has the voice of Durbin's spokesman on his answering machine approving the story and just requesting that Durbin's name be left out of it as a source.

Looks like the aptly-named Dick Durbin has some 'splainin' to do:

So now the story is that the Minority Whip of the Senate LIED about what a Supreme Court nominee said and he LIED about the conversation to a journalist in order to put a story out about Roberts and his religious faith. That is despicable and goes way beyond just a media story about lying to a reporter. He lied about what a potential Supreme Court justice had said. Was he planning to bring up the fictitious statement later on if Roberts got on the Court and didn't recuse himself from some capital punishment or abortion case? Was he planning to use this fictitious statement in the hearings. Remember, Durbin is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be questioning Roberts. Roberts will be under oath, but Durbin won't. Who knows what Durbin's motivation was to lie to Turley about the substance of what Roberts had said in a private conversation, but he did so and we shouldn't forget it.

Hmmmm... lies, opposition to John Roberts' nomination... that seems vaguely familiar...

Does this remind anyone of another recent story where a Democratic Senator misquoted John Roberts for publication in a major newspaper? The next day, after prompting by the White House, the Times corrected their story:

Congressional reporter Stolberg took heat for her article that let liberal Sen. Rob Wyden of Oregon put words in Robert's mouth on the Terri Schiavo case.

"Mr. Wyden, whose aides took notes during the meeting, said at the time that Judge Roberts refused to discuss the Schiavo case specifically. The senator recounted Judge Roberts's reply to a more general question: 'I am concerned with judicial independence. Congress can prescribe standards, but when Congress starts to act like a court and prescribe particular remedies in particular cases, Congress has overstepped its bounds.'

"Judge Roberts has not discussed the contents of meetings he has been having with individual senators since President Bush announced his selection in mid-July. But on Wednesday, Ed Gillespie, the chief White House lobbyist for Judge Roberts's Senate confirmation, sent a letter to The New York Times, saying that notes taken by a White House aide during the session reflected a different response: 'I am aware of court precedents which say Congress can overstep when it prescribes particular outcomes in particular cases.'"

As I remarked before, nice work if you can get it. How often does a political party get to issue quotes on behalf of its opponents?

The DNC: seizing that moral high ground with or without the help of the mainstream media.

Posted by Cassandra at August 15, 2005 08:25 AM

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NARAL, Wyden, and Dick Durbin.

What does it say that the three most effective attacks against Judge Roberts have been complete fabrications?

Posted by: Jimmie at August 15, 2005 01:32 PM

"Fake, but accurate!"

Where have we heard that before?

'Oh, Danny boy.....'

Posted by: David at August 15, 2005 05:26 PM

Senator Wyden simply told one whopper of a lie to get his name in the news. The people of Or. should remember this and also remember that anyone that will lie will also steal....from you or anyone else.

Posted by: scrapiron [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 15, 2005 08:08 PM

Nice post, Cass.

The senior Senator from Illinois is definitely one of the great weasel of that august body.

Posted by: TigerHawk [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 15, 2005 08:35 PM

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