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DURBIN WATCH: THE DRUBBING CONTINUES

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By Michelle Malkin  •  June 20, 2005 01:45 PM

You already know how I feel about Mark Steyn. His latest instant classic column on the Gitmo-bashers is hanging on the home office wall. A few highlights if you haven’t already read it:

Nobody complained at Auschwitz that the guards were playing the 78s of The Merry Widow (the Fuhrer’s favorite operetta) with the volume knob too high. When that old KGB hand Yuri Andropov succeeded Brezhnev as the big guy in the Kremlin, he was reported in the western press to be a big Glenn Miller fan. But to the best of my knowledge no-one suggested he was in the basement of the Lubyanka torturing the inmates with “I Got A Gal In Kalamazoo”.

And:

Where the anti-Gitmo crowd went wrong was in expanding its objections from the legal status of the prisoners to the treatment they‚re receiving. By any comparison — ie, not just with Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot — they’re getting better than they deserve. It’s the first gulag in history where the torture victims put on weight…

So, so good. Read and relish.

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Also good: Hugh Hewitt’s piece in the Weekly Standard on “Breaking the Durbin Code” and Gerard Van der Leun on how and why Durbin is the Democratic rule, not the exception.

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John Hinderaker talks to Durbin’s office.

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Bill Kristol notes:

Senator Durbin is scheduled to join Democratic chairman Howard Dean at a big fundraiser at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., this Tuesday. I assume he will withdraw from that appearance. But if he cannot appear with his party chairman, one can ask how he can lead his party in the Senate? And if he does appear with Dean Tuesday night, and stays in his party’s Senate leadership, doesn’t that tell us everything we need to know about today’s Democratic party?

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Fair and balanced coverage…

Two conservative bloggers with different takes: Instapunk dissents. So does Jeff Harrell.

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Durbin Watch: Cheney and more
Durbin Watch: History lessons
Durbin Watch: MSM reax
Gitmo vs. Cook County Jail
The treacherous Dick Durbin
Hitler, Hitler, everywhere

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