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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

DURBIN, BETWEEN THE LINES

Some people weren't happy about Dick Durbin caving to the conservatarian mock outrage brigade and apologizing for his Gitmo line from last week. Others like Sully and John Cole are above the mock outrage brigade and have identified Durbin's comments as being, well, not over the line, and for that they have reinforced their positions on my "A few righties who seem pretty civil" blogroll.

But did Durbin cave? Let's parse...
"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," said the Illinois Democrat, at times holding back tears. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."
Read that again.

"Some may believe". Could a small part of that be "some of you are deliberately and insincerely stirring up mock outrage, and as for you guys, you can go Cheney yourselves"?

Perhaps that's a bit too subtle to get his point across to enough people. Perhaps he's looking for his Goldielocks rhetorical equilibrium.

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