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Durbin ditches phony “cannot stand to look at you” Facebook post

Durbin ditches phony “cannot stand to look at you” Facebook post

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois has removed the controversial Facebook post that sparked a firestorm last week after he accused a then unnamed Republican of having said ‘I cannot even stand to look at you’ to the President during a shutdown negotiation meeting.  That claim was based on second-hand information, which turned out to be erroneous.

Republicans immediately denied the referenced incident, as did the White House.  It was later blamed on a miscommunication stemming from a White House reading of that meeting to Senate Democrats.  Even further clarification came to light when more details were revealed about how the erroneous statement made the rounds in the first place.

Durbin later added a follow-up Facebook post addressing the “miscommunication.”  But he’d left the initial comment on his Facebook page – until late yesterday.

That initial Facebook post is now gone.  The Associated Press (via reported on Durbin’s reasoning for not removing the post earlier.

On Monday, Durbin said there was never any misunderstanding, at least not on his part. He also said when a “staffer in the White House” told him and other senators about the meeting, he found the comments so “earth-shattering” that he wrote them down verbatim.

The Illinois Democrat, one of the president’s most loyal defenders, said when the White House admitted it had “misled members of Congress,” he posted that on his Facebook page. But he was not about to take down the original post, at least not for a while.

“If I’d have raced to take it off, you (the media) would have done that story too: `Durbin races to take this off.’ I wanted to put into context how I got into this situation,” he said.

Durbin said Monday that he’s now satisfied that it’s clear he didn’t make up the quote. Within a couple hours, the only evidence of the dispute was a Facebook post in which Durbin expressed his appreciation for “this clarification from the White House.”

This is what remains:

Funny, there doesn’t seem to be an apology posted anywhere.


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“I regret…” is not in the liberal language bank. It is purged during the brainwashing phase.

    janitor in reply to healthguyfsu. | October 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Albeit “I regret…” isn’t much of an apology. (“Regret” what?) How about “I was wrong, and I sincerely apologize…”

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to janitor. | October 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      He should really regret with a multimillion dollar lawsuit against him.

      He could really regret with some years of jail too! Snark Snark!

PersonFromPorlock | October 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm

And why would “I cannot even stand to look at you” make an “honest conversation” impossible? It might make for an *unpleasant* one, but not one where there was any dishonesty about how the negotiator felt or where he stood.

No apology, but the usual “let’s move on”.

He wouldn’t have got into this mess if he hadn’t been so eager to perpetrate his own lie: that the Republicans were responsible for the shut down.

To paraphrase Anus Grayson (V-vile) Florida

‘Now you know what the “D” stands for. DICK.’

The lie heard ’round the world. The damage has been done. The association will persist and resurface at an opportunistic moment. Keep the evidence and citations which disprove the lie warm and fit for presentation.

Funny, there doesn’t seem to be an apology posted anywhere.

Because it’s another “fake, but true” moment, to the likes of Dick Durbin, (D-Ass).

9thDistrictNeighbor | October 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Dick Durbin: just another thug from East St. Louis brought to you by the friendly voters of Illinois! We’re also home to the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and of course our very own 9th District Congressional Representative Jan “The Communist” Schakowsky!!!! Woo hoo!

I’m going to go shoot myself now….