“In a certain town there are two tribes—one always tells the truth; the other always lies. A stranger arrived in the town and asked one of the natives whether he was a Truth Teller or a Liar. The native answered, but the stranger didn’t hear the answer. The stranger then asked two other natives who overheard this conversation, what the first man had said. The first replied, “He said he was a Truth Teller.” The second replied, “He said he was a Liar.”
Senator Dick Durbin (D-ILL) posted this on his Facebook page:
“Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous shutdown strategy will say President Obama just doesn’t try hard enough to communicate with Republicans. But in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.'”
Durbin, the #2 Democrat in the Senate, much like the #1, Harry Reid (and the GOP #1, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and…but I’m getting ahead of myself) is a serial shiv-master, adept at making explosive and unfair partisan accusations. This one is typically irresponsible and despicable, because he tells the tale of inexcusable disrespect to the President of the United States but does not attach it to any one individual. Unethical. Cowardly. If he’s going to blow the whistle, he has an obligation to blow it and point, so the accused can defend himself. The Golden Rule demands no less. Of course, this method indicts all GOP leaders, which is Durbin’s design.
The Illinois Senator is also not very bright, and thus his account, which is also based on hearsay so he actually cannot know if it is true or not, does not prove what he purports it to prove. The President’s obligation to negotiate and communicate is independent of what any one lawmaker thinks or how that lawmaker may act. Durbin’s argument is the Tit for Tat rationalization: bad conduct by Republicans…or just this one Republican…justifies the President not doing his job. Dumb. Unethical. Unfair.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Sen. Dick Durbin!
But wait, there’s more!
Republicans at the meeting Durbin referenced denied his charge, but we would expect that no matter what happened. The amazing thing is this: Asked about the alleged incident at a press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney, who didn’t have to say anything, replied that he had investigated Durbin’s story, and “it did not happen.”
This is a mini-ethics train wreck in which the victim is order in the universe. What does it mean? Durbin is one of President Obama’s staunchest allies in the Senate. Carney is the White House spokesman. Neither has demonstrated any hesitation to lie his head of if it serves his—or Obama’s—purposes. Did Durbin make the story up whole cloth? Has Carney gone rogue? Why would the White House try to make Durbin out to be a liar, when his story, whether it is true or not, was designed to defend the President and condemn a Republican leader, and by extension all Republican leaders, for whom Obama has shown nothing but contempt and disdain…like Dick Durbin? Now Durbin is sticking by his story, insisting that it is true. Does that mean that he’s calling Carney a liar? Democrats aren’t supposed to do that: Carney speaks for the President. If Carney’s lying, then Obama’s lying..why would Obama approve of lying to make Durbin out to be a liar! What a betrayal of Durbin. I bet Senator Durbin can’t even stand to look at…wait, that can’t be right! Could it?
Could the explanation, and as Sherlock Holmes says, once you have eliminated the impossible, the solution to a mystery must be the only remaining possibility, no matter how improbable, be that that the Clinton Virus has become epidemic in Washington, and everyone—Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, libertarians, progressives, elected officials, appointees and journalists—now lie as a matter of course, for the fun of it, because they like it, because they can’t help themselves, and we are now facing a political landscape where liars lie about whether other liars are telling lies about who’s lying, all the time, all day long, and there is no possible way to tell the truth-tellers from the liars because they all are liars?
This is Ethics Hell.
How do we get out of here???