Democrats, of course, are always looking for new and creative ways to blame Republicans for the ills of the country, even of the world. Still, the latest blame-game attack from the second most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Senate could be seen as…well…extremely creative.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) — in a novel attempt to link two issues of critical importance to the American public — seemed to say on Tuesday that the deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus is somehow connected to the resistance of House Republicans to approving amnesty for illegal immigrants. That’s right, Durbin essentially said the GOP is responsible for the explosion of Ebola cases in Africa and the threat the virus poses to people everywhere.
The Washington Times reports on what could be described as Durbin’s leap of logic:
The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate on Tuesday seemed to blame House Republicans’ opposition to a comprehensive immigration reform bill for the lack of trained doctors in African nations now struggling to contain a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus.
Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said that the immigration bill — which passed the Senate last year but has not been brought up for a vote in the House amid strong Republican resistance — contained measures requiring some doctors to remain in their home countries in Africa before they could be “recruited” to practice in the U.S.
According to the newspaper report, Durbin suggested that, had the House GOP embraced the Democrat-driven legislation, there would somehow be more trained physicians to help fight the dangerous virus in countries where cases of Ebola infection are now spiraling out of control.
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Sen. Durbin takes every possible opportunity to protect President Obama and deflect criticism away from the White House, while trying to pin blame on the GOP. CBS Chicago recently reported that the powerful Illinois Democrat said that Obama shouldn’t be held to account for delaying action on immigration reform — that the House Republicans should.
It starts with a Republican House of Representatives which refuses to call the bipartisan immigration reform bill. If they had accepted their responsibility, as they promised to over and over again, we wouldn’t be in this situation today,” Durbin said.