Monday, May 16, 2005
Durbin's lie: Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin made the following statement on "Fox News Sunday":
First, let me say there are only four that are truly contested. Four judicial nominees who have been rejected by the Senate at this point and have been resubmitted by the President. That's never been done before.
First, let's outline what the Durbin definition of "rejection" is: a refusal by the Senate to schedule or allow a vote is a rejection. That's a new, common Democratic refrain. It's a point that Sen. Robert C. Byrd made just last week on the floor of the Senate -- that the withholding of consent is by the Senate is a rejection.
Fine. By that very definition -- it has been done before -- by President George W. Bush.
It's been four years, but Democrats forget that one of President Bush's first olive branches four years ago was the renomination of two Clinton nominees who had been bottled up in committee by Republicans at the end of Clinton's second term, Roger Gregory and Barrington Parker.
You shouldn't be surprised to discover that today both Gregory and Parker sit on the federal bench.