Time names Dick Durbin one of America's "10 best senators"
Saw this mentioned at Capitol Fax.
They'll get no argument from me. I think Durbin is pheonomenal.
Even though the senate is occasionally dubbed the World's Greatest Deliberative Body, actual debate on the Senate floor rarely happens: members just read prepared speeches written by aides and then return to their offices. Then there's Dick Durbin. On issues from immigration reform to judicial nominees, the Illinois Democrat frequently engages in public back and forth with his Senate colleagues in hearings and before votes—and rarely uses notes to do it. "I can't do it any other way," says Durbin of his off-the-cuff style. "That's me."
And while the debates don't often change the votes of other members, Durbin's tough questioning of his colleagues and his willingness to defend his own proposals clarify and distill complicated issues for the C-SPAN-viewing public. Occasionally, Durbin's arguments even carry the day, as when he won support on the Senate Judiciary Committee for a provision in an immigration bill that would protect church groups and others from prosecution if they aided illegal immigrants.
Who does Time consider the best and worst senators?
The Best Senators
Olympia J. Snowe
The Worst Senators
Allard is a moron and looks like one as well.
I also don't know that Burns and Dayton should be there.
I'd also note that every Republican on the "Best" list is considered to be a moderate.
Do you agree with their picks? Any you think should be included or excluded from either list?