Translating Durbinspeak

Senator uses Washington words on Burris debacle

Illinois just cannot catch a break. Tuesday afternoon, just as the nation's eyes were trained on our historic new president preparing to make a historic first address to both houses of Congress -- a lofty moment by any measure -- what the heck happens?

The senior senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, takes the junior senator from Illinois, Roland Burris, to the woodshed, that's what.

Reporters and cameras clogged the Senate hallway to chronicle all the gory details and throw it up live on all the cables.

Sen. Durbin, for his part, delivered his remarks to the press in stern but careful Washington-speak rather than in the blunt language we tend to use on the streets of Chicago

Read our hometown translation in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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