This could get good!

GOP leaders met with President Obama today, and Sen. Dick Durbin, who was not at the meeting, claimed that one GOP leader told Obama to his face that he “cannot even stand to look at you.”

Durbin’s claim was denied by both the GOP and the White House:

In spite of these claims that Durbin’s account of the meeting is fiction, Salon’s Joan Walsh is taking the Illinois Senator’s side:

Lapdog mutiny!

Here’s how Joan Walsh might respond to Joan Walsh’s insinuation that the White House is lying if the person doing so was not named Joan Walsh:

Durbin’s not budging on his claim:

Please pass the popcorn.

There is one element of surprise in this story:

  • RblDiver

    Well of COURSE he’s telling the truth, because EEEEEVIL REPUBLICANZ!!!!!!!11!1!one

  • Angie

    Of course Joan goes with Durbin’s hearsay version (someone at the meeting told *him* that was said; he wasn’t present to hear it for himself) rather then with the official report — the hearsay story serves her purposes, so who cares if it’s true. That’s the kind of great journalistic “standards” we’ve come to expect at Salon.

    • Becca Lower

      I wonder why the White House doesn’t see it as serving its purpose, though.

      • Angie

        Because it didn’t happen & Durbin forgot to coordinate with them before he started spreading his b.s.

        • Becca Lower

          I can see that.

    • trixiewoobeans

      I think we should start calling them “Saloon.”

      • Vickitoe

        Last call!

    • DrSamHerman

      That “someone” was identified as none other than the compulsive liar Harry Reid.

  • dabhidh

    Now we know what it takes for a lefty to throw the Obama administration under the bus: Admin says that a Republican didn’t do some nasty thing that he’s accused of, lefty pouts and decides to believe it anyway.

  • KateNE

    Does anyone really believe that Obama wouldn’t have shouted this from the rooftops if it actually happened? There’s no way they would cover for a Republican congressman for anything.

    • pinupartist

      What he said was, “I can’t stand AND look at you”, since we should all bow down before the boy king, otherwise your face will melt off at his magnificence /sarc/

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Well, wonder how many millions of any American’s can stand looking at him?
    2 here.

  • Guest

    What’s with the”Racist” comment? Are we STILL playing the game that if someone does not like Obama, it is because he is somewhat black, or somewhat Arab, or somewhat white?

    • Mead

      Keep reading… “Here’s how Joan Walsh might respond to Joan Walsh’s insinuation that the
      White House is lying if the person doing so was not named Joan Walsh:”

      • Guest

        Try understanding. The Tweet was from the account of Dana Loesch.
        She is the one calling Joan Walsh a racist, along with anyone who agrees with her. Twitchy’s comment was that if Walsh had not been the one making the original comment about the White House lies, her comment would have been similar. Reread it. That’s how I took it.

        • Mead

          You have no idea who Dana Loesch is, do you? Here’s a hint, search twitchy.

          Try understanding that what she tweeted was sarcasm. It’s exactly what I quoted. Dana was parodying the kneejerk reaction to anything remotely critical of Obama.

          Reading for comprehension, kids. It’s important.

          • Becca Lower

            Reading is hahrd, though! /sarc

          • Minus One Marble

            So why didn’t YOU read for comprehension? My question was why is this even a “kneejerk” reaction anymore? If you had read my question properly, this whole line of demeaning put- downs would not even exist. You started it. You finish it.

        • dwsmokin

          That’s how I read it as well.

      • Minus One Marble

        My original comment was about racism. Not one of you responded to the comment I wrote, you were all too busy trying to demean me for not being so entrenched in social media that I would know automatically know who everyone who comments is or could be or whatever. Instead of answering why racism would be an answer from ANYONE in this case, you all acted like a bunch of bullies. How appropriate for a bunch of know-it-all know nothings to not even respond to the original question (that had NOTHING to do with anything anyone posted in response. Maybe you all should try reading comprehension, but like one of you said, “Reading is hahrd, though!” Apparently spelling is also.

        • Mead

          All I originally replied with was an explanation of why DL posted it and that it wasn’t a serious tweet. You got all snot-nosed about it after that, so stuff that in your martyr-pipe and smoke it.

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      We’re not the ones playing the game, that’s the Left’s favorite pasttime. And since Joan Walsh is disagreeing with the White House, under the Left’s line of thought (if you can call it that), she’s racist because that’s the only possible way you could ever find fault in anything Barack Obama says.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Joan Walsh disagreed with the Obama White House. Per the standard set by the likes of Walsh herself, she’s a racist.

      Liberals’ History Overview:
      2001-2009: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.
      2009-current: Dissent is the highest form of racism.

  • Milos Gamelin III™

    Being a long suffering constituent of Durbin’s, I’ll have to believe Carney on this one. Gulp….there I’ve said it. A flurry of white coats and butterfly nets are expected at my door.

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      How many coin-tosses to come to that conclusion?

  • ELC

    If its true…honesty is the best policy. I can’t stand looking at Odumbo either.

  • Nightvalzin

    Carney saying something truthful and non-partisan,I think I just saw a pig flying outside my window.Be right back,firing up the barbecue.

    • BlahBlah

      Stop! That was my kitten trolling you!

      • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit


  • BlahBlah

    I will believe either Durbin or Carney or both.

    • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

      Or neither. whatever.

      • BlahBlah

        Did you just call me fat.

        • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

          No. I said you had a nice personality.

          • BlahBlah

            I’m also beautiful on the inside.

          • Republicanvet

            You two want to take a long walk on a beach or something?

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Why not?

          • BlahBlah

            In moonlight and rain? I’m like totally for it.

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Not to say you’re a groovy chick in a happening and far out kinda way.

          • BlahBlah

            PenQuin, PenQuin… was that a neg hit? That’s like bigotry or misogyny or some such. I will look in the Dear Leader Style Book now.

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            That right? I stand corrected then.

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Marsha Marsha Marsha…

          • BlahBlah

            There’s another guy with the name daPenguin. That just ain’t right and I told him so!

            Now send me cookies.

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Accept no substitutions.

          • BlahBlah

            You’re my one and only. Now about that beach walk…

            South Florida yes?

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Hmm. Seems to me I remember a little “accident” occurred not long ago involving some penQuins, a jet-ski, and some Serbian woman in South Florida. Know anything about that Blah?

          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Yeah…why would you even say that? Just asking?

          • Republicanvet

            Just snarkin.


          • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

            Love that video…hey…waitta minute!

  • QueenB ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Best news all day. Apparently, at least one member of the GOP has grown a pair….of ears, of course.

  • The Penguin, Don’t talk shit

    And….now what?

  • V the K

    Once again proving, Joan Walsh is almost as smart as she is pretty.

    • Pat Loudoun


    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      ok, this is hysterical, with or without the demerol. We finally have an answer to that age old question with regards to looks and brains.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Ooooh, that’s gonna leave a mark!

  • Hi This Is My Username

    To be fair, I have a hard time looking at any Democrat. I don’t feel the need to subject myself to punishment.

  • Republicanvet

    Poor Joanie. Taking Turbins side over the Spite House. Doesn’t she know that will only help the unhinged right?

  • TocksNedlog


  • William_Teach

    OK, this is a tough one. Unhinged nutjob Walsh or mega-liar Carney? Who’s truthful

  • lesterwink23

    Joan Walsh wants to believe the worst about Republicans? Shocking.

    • Brenda Hellwig

      Why would a GOP leader saying this be “worst”? I, for one, would cheer anyone who said this to Obummer cuz I can’t stand to look at his arrogant mug myself.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Dick Derpin’.
    ‘Nuff said.

  • tjack

    Another perfect example of investigative reporting from leftist media. Still, it seems kind of unbelievable that an editor would blindly just pick a side. Good job Salon, I just can’t figure out why you keep losing millions every year.

  • Jack Deth

    The left’s Achilles heel is that they always think, believe and wish the right thinks and acts the same way they do to any given situation.

    When the right doesn’t. The left just makes $hit up out of spite.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Shorter @joanwalsh: Until Durbin retracts his lie I believe him. F#&$king lunatics all.

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      And when it IS retracted, they’ll start claiming “False but accurate” like they always do.

  • TJ

    A “GOP leader”. Name names or it did not happen.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    The problem is @PressSec Jay Carney’s DNA, like Durbin’s, prohibits him from telling the truth as well. So there is a dilemma brewing here.

    • GaryTheBrave

      This statement is false.

  • Joseph Kurt

    My friend told me nobody reads Salon. Until he retracts his statement, I’m going with it.

    • ObamaFail

      Nobody with a brain reads Salon. So if your friend has a brain he might be on the mark.

  • ObamaFail

    Wasn’t Walsh one of the people who got upset when Darrell Issa called Carney a “Paid Liar” this past summer?

  • ObamaFail

    You know Durbin is a liar if Jay Carney actually defended Republicans and said that nothing like that was said during the meeting. Carney, a paid Liberal shill, usually helps push the Anti-GOP narrative. But if he came out and defended the GOP, then Durbin is lying and Walsh is an idiot.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Your last eight words are correct in every instance, sir!

  • RumDoooogie

    shes a special kind of stupid

  • desicon

    Off late the republicans have demonstrated that they have no spine. So I tend to believe Jay Carney. Also, Dick Durbin is a politician of lowest class. He is best suited for Zimbabwe but some curse on America made him fall here.

  • HanaFiveO

    Durbin loves inflammatory rhetoric and is regularly caught up in his own lies. When they back fire he doubles down. No surprise there. Walsh is a party first moron who lives to denigrate Rs. No surprise there. Carney actually passed up an opportunity to evade answering a question and derailed a bash R meme. Big shocker there.

  • Bklynnygirl

    If this story were true, as soon as the meeting ended a democrat would have ran to the first microphone to tell the world about it.

  • keyboard jockey

    The democrat meltdown is being live blogged thanks Twitchy :)

  • Acethepug

    Great idea, Joan. Side with the guy who equates the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay (that place President Boyfriend INSISTED he would close, and never has) to Nazis, Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot.

    So, not only are you a Liberal partisan shill, but a weapons-grade stupid one, also.

    I mean, sure, the Truth and Jay Carney intersect with the frequency of a solar eclipse, but really? Durbin is the one you pick? In essence calling Obama a liar?

    Interesting strategy — assuming it wasn’t deliberate to begin with, just to get a blatantly false story out there for the Obamabots to devour.

    Hold your head high — oh, while I’m here, did you sign up for Obamacare yet? To demonstrate how much you believe in this wonderful program?

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    If it’s true, then why would the White House deny it, Joan? Oh, I’m sorry. I’m bringing logic into the situation.

    Up next, Joan Walsh releases an article that “proves” Bush was behind 9/11, the Titanic sinking and the Edsel.

  • Jeremy

    Dick Durbin loves to compare US troops to Nazi’s.

  • Jeremy

    Joan Walsh and Dick Durbin are both losers.

  • BAW

    I don’t believe anything anyone on the left says unless I see it or hear it for myself. Fortunately, this is one of those things I don’t care in the least about. If they said it, can’t blame them. If they didn’t it isn’t exactly news that Durbin in a liar.

  • Axelgreaser

    CARNEY IS AN OBFUSCATOR. A PRESS ‘CENSOR’…DURBIN IS A LIAR. Or if your prefer, the more genteel, prevaricator. Like Obama. But of course Obama is probably not a liar at all. Obama, though highly paid and we assume with a university degree (who knows), doesn’t know ‘nuthin’ ’bout nuthin.’ He’s kinda like Prissy in GWTW.

  • littleones

    The smoker you drink, the player you get.

  • $9844146

    Joan Walsh always looks like (that frown) she chit her diaper and is hoping no one notices.

  • Afterseven

    Funny to see lefties take on Young Goebbels.

  • Afterseven

    Joan Walsh missed her chance at a typical MSM faux-hipster hashtag #StandWithDick

  • Ronald Green

    Well, I thought them pigs might be flying but then I read this crap and no, they still can’t fly and Joan Walsh is still just an Obama loving hack.

  • Bill Phillips

    I freely admit it ….I can not stand to look at Obama! Also …I can’t stand to hear him tell his lies in his nauseating upspeak cadence! I don’t even like to think about him!

  • dwsmokin

    Actually, I couldn’t blame the GOP for saying exactly that.

  • TKList

    Harry Reid and Dick Durbin do not know how to do anything but lie. I have to believe the 100% Politician and 0% Leader Obama on this one.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Hold on everyone. Joan Walsh mentioned a Senator “Durban” not Durbin. There may be a perfectly good explanation. /sarc

  • anjullyn

    This irrelevant irrational woman can’t possibly believe that IF this was said, the WH wouldn’t have tripped over one another racing to get that out to their MSM minions. What a way to detract from the mess of Obamacare….and set up repubs for 2014. Since they DIDN’T Durbin was sent down the rabbit hole by someone he pissed off. (Which after observing this arrogant Dick is understandable.) Nothing he can do now but continue as Baghdad Dick.

  • Select Retro

    Jay Carney IS a liar.

    But then, so is Turban Durbin.

    Pick which liar to believe.

  • gman213

    Imagine…someone wakes up next to that every morning of their life! OMG