Durbin and Pajamaline: Laugh Out Loud

Crooks and Liars has the video to the very funny exchange between Sen. Dick Durbin and a blogger-reporter today.

Atrios has the transcript:

DURBIN: I just don't understand why they can't make what modifications in the law might be necessary, but instead are claiming powers that go way beyond what the statute allows and way beyond what anyone voted for on September 14, 2001.

Q: But the attorney general says FISA allows intercepts that are otherwise authorized by statue. And he also says that that was authorized in the authorization of force act.

DURBIN: That's his argument. You've just repeated it.

Q: Well, why don't - if you disagree with that argument, why don't you go on the floor and try to get a vote and have the Senate say whether or not the authorization of force - with all force necessary --

DURBIN: No, you've got it wrong. You've got it wrong. I don't know - who do you work for, incidentally?

Q: Powerline and Pajamas Media.

DURBIN: Jamas Media?

Q: Pajamas Media.

DURBIN: Pajama Media?

Q: And Powerline.

DURBIN: Okay, I'm sorry I wasn't familiar with your publication. But I will just tell you this: the argument is the Constitution spells out the powers of the president, as well as the powers of the legislative branch and the judicial branch. And statutes will be followed if, in fact, they put exclusive authority. That's was FISA does. It creates the word "exclusive means" - exclusive authority. And they are reading more into it now than the statute obviously allows.

Q: But did you hear Gonzales say -

DURBIN: I'll check out Pajamaline, but I'm not familiar with your publication.

Q: Yeah. Dan Rather knows something about it.

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    Re: Durbin and Pajamaline: Laugh Out Loud (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Mon Feb 06, 2006 at 02:33:35 PM EST
    The Powerline blog's take on this exchange is written up here. This seems to be yet another example of the sinister rw strategy of openly flouting the law and then when people complain, demanding that congress pass yet more laws to "clarify" whether their actions are illegal. And given their intent to ignore the law anyway, what good would another law be? You can read a lot more about this issue here.

    Re: Durbin and Pajamaline: Laugh Out Loud (none / 0) (#2)
    by jimcee on Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 07:26:54 PM EST
    Cymro, No it means that Durbin had no idea what he was talking about and was asked honest questions by a qualified person (a lawyer) asking pertinent questions. Pesky thing that is. Durbin proved that he is a light weight when it comes to understanding the laws that he is responsible for passing. This was a line that was crossed that puts the MSM a step behind when it comes to specific journalistic endeavours. Blogs and the internet increased thier credibility with this one small interview. There should be more qualified people asking these poseurs real questions. Not the blow-dried Ken-Doll excuses that pass for journalists today who are the epitome of shallowness and have no idea what they are talking about. There is a reason Durbin asked who the journalist represented because if it was one of the legacy media he could have lodged a protest with the reporter's bosses and threatened access for that outlet. No can do with a blog... PajamasMedia is a completly independent outlet that can't be intimidated by a petty politician and that point was made very well in this incident. The Media is Dead, Long Live The New Media!