I was certainly annoyed with Senator Dick Durbin for his deliberate injection of racism into the Loretta Lynch nomination. Senator Durbin used inflammatory rhetoric, racially-charged terms in a dog and pony show on the Senate floor. He was covertly – or overtly – accusing the Republicans of racism, saying they were putting nominee Lynch at “the back of the bus with Rosie Parks”.
Well she would be in good company there. Sitting back there would also be Janice Rogers Brown, an African-American woman on the United States Court of Appeals for the DC circuit whom in 2005 Senator Durbin delayed her “up or down” vote for 638 days and then voted against her. Not one Republican claimed racism, just politics as usual. Also rounding out the prestigious back of the bus seats would be Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman secretary of state, and again, no Republican called Senator Durbin a racist for voting against her in 2005.
So I guess Dick Durbin is simply two faced and a fine example of Chicago politics.