While keeping up with all the theatrics of Democratic fear-mongering, all the displays of media race-baiting, and the garish sight of witnessing the Republican Party commit suicide in super-slow motion via self-flagellation with a leftist lead pipe, a revealing, oxymoronic quote by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), slipped through the cracks, swallowed unquestioningly by the leftist media and unnoticed by the conservative media.
Apparently, in attempting to put the onus on the Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) decided on Thursday, Dec. 6, to call a vote on the president’s debt ceiling proposal – the proposal being that the president be able to more easily raise the debt ceiling. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at first objected, and then, a few hours later, the Democrats remembered that they were Democrats and decided to go for the power-grab. McConnell sanely objected, thus saving the day he risked. In response to the debt ceiling debate and without a trace of irony or sarcasm to be sure, Dick Durbin said the following (emphasis added):
Our downgrade of America’s credit rating was not based on the state of our economy but the debt-ceiling debate,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (D) of Illinois to reporters after the affair. “We are paying dearly for that already. So the Republicans are creating a situation which makes reducing the debt and deficit extremely difficult by creating this uncertainty about the debt ceiling.
It’s understandable how Durbin said this with a straight face — he’s had a lot of practice and is paid well to say such ridiculous things. What’s not as understandable is how any thinking American can accept this with a straight face.