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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

In Defense of Dick

The older I get, the more I find myself unable to muster up the strength to even try and defend the indefensible. Sometimes we call them jerks. On deck today is Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) for remarks he made at yesterday's dedication ceremony of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in downtown Springfield.

Just as a point of reference, some jerks I have come to the defense of include guys who drink 40s of malt liquor while wearing "cut-offs," muscle-man t-shirts, and hard-soled black patent leather shoes, on the golf course.

I stayed behind yesterday and watched the event on C-Span 3 right here on this computer so my co-worker (an unwitting member of the religious right) could attend with his wife and children.

Durbin was the opening act in a long line of opening acts.

One can only imagine he must have thought the retelling of old political anecdotes probably overheard at the bar association's Monday night smokers attended by septuagenarians would be a big delight with Tuesday's crowd of families and historians under a bright blue prairie sky.

The story not only fell flat, it came off in poor taste and a bit off color. He should have called me first, because I heard the story years ago and didn't think it was funny then. (Read the SJR article to find out.)

And, so, when my co-worker came into work this morning all aghast about what Durbin said, all I could do was shrug and say, golf much?

Posted by Marie at April 20, 2005 12:35 PM