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Thursday, June 23, 2005

To Durbinize

To Durbinize

Durbinize, verb.
1. To make, either explicitly or implicitly, a moral, political, or factual equivalence between two situations which in reality have little or nothing in common. (After U. S. Senator Richard Durbin (D, ILL) who compared the alleged abusive treatment of a terrorist detainee held at Guantanamo Bay with the depraved horrors of the Nazis, Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot’s mass murders, thereby equating the U. S. personnel with these murderous despots.)
2. To apparently apologize without actually doing so by subtly placing the blame for legitimate objections to the actions of definition 1 on the objectors. This may be accomplished by expressing disappointment that the objectors have “misunderstood” the speaker’s remarks or by stating the speaker’s sorrow that feelings were hurt. In reality, the speaker is implying that the objectors are too stupid to understand plain English or are insufficiently educated or mature to accept the speaker’s remarks as truth.

3 Comments:

At 7:54 PM, Blogger opine6 said...

DICKHEADdurbin took down his senate email site pretty quickly after he got bombarded with emails. He now hides behind his official state/senate website that only responds to Illinois residents, like Kerry did during the 2004 campaign.

Durbin will only respond to his voter base, although his actions have an effect on all of America.

Pox on them all!

 
At 10:56 PM, Blogger Pat'sRick© said...

Of course, all politicians respond to their (perceived) base. Fortunately his base also thinks he is a goon.
Personally, I hope he, Reid, Dean, Clinton, et al keep revealing their true nature.

 
At 3:04 AM, Blogger gutshot said...

I think your defs are pretty good (not sure if I was the first to use it at my blog, but that's here nor there). I would like to see more of "attempt to divert attention from one's own problems" or something similar. That's what this is all about.

 

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