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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Disingenous Johnny

The polls say John McCain is surging. It is doubtful that his surge will be enough to catapult him to the top of the heap for the nomination. And given the fact he was caught in a lie over the weekend. See, immigration seems to be his Achilles Heel. It's what hurt him in the early goings of the primaries, and it's still an albatross around his neck. Over at Hot Air, Bryan picked up his disingenuous boast that he "never supported amnesty, but the guys at PowerLine and Michelle Malkin point to a very embarrassing quote from him on the subject. It's from 2003, and if I were in Johnny's shoes, I would have done my best to bury this one:

Sen. McCain, 2003: “Amnesty Has To Be An Important Part.” ” ‘Amnesty has to be an important part because there are people who have lived in this country for 20, 30 or 40 years, who have raised children here and pay taxes here and are not citizens. That has to be a component of it,’ he said. ‘How can we have a temporary worker program if we’re not allowing people who have been here for 30 years to hold jobs here?’” (C. T. Revere, “McCain Pushes Amnesty, Guest-Worker Program,” Tucson Citizen, 5/29/03)

In 2003, Sen. McCain Also Said, “I Think We Can Set Up A Program Where Amnesty Is Extended To A Certain Number Of People Who Are Eligible…” “‘I believe we can pursue the security programs and at the same time set up a system where people can come here and work on a temporary basis. I think we can set up a program where amnesty is extended to a certain number of people who are eligible and at the same time make sure that we have some control over people who come in and out of this country,’ he said.” (C. T. Revere, “McCain Pushes Amnesty, Guest-Worker Program,” Tucson Citizen, 5/29/03)

Immigration has become a focal point during the campaign, as much as national security and fiscal responsibility have been. People in America are sick of seeing our laws flouted, and we're equally sick of seeing the politicians pander to those that support the violation of our laws. We only need to be reminded of the cajoling that went on while the latest amnesty proposal was being hammered out when the WaPo reported which groups held "nightly" conference calls with the senators involved:

After laboring in obscurity for decades, groups such as the National Council of La Raza, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the National Immigration Forum are virtually being granted veto power over perhaps the biggest domestic issue coming before Congress this year. Organizations that represent what is now the nation's largest minority group are beginning to achieve power commensurate with their numbers. ...

Such groups were practically in the room yesterday, maintaining contact as Democratic and Republican senators tried to hammer out a new immigration bill before a deadline set by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) for today before he moved it last night to Monday. The contours began to emerge for a bill that would couple a tightening of border controls with a guest-worker program and new avenues for an estimated 12 million undocumented workers to work legally. ...

"Some of the proposals that are coming from the negotiations in the Senate and White House are measures that the immigrant community advocates are wholly against, particularly the elimination of some aspects of family reunification," said William Ramos, a spokesman for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

The groups also oppose a policy that would force immigrants to return to their home countries for an extended period and to petition for reentry.

Latino organizations know well that they have muscle to flex. A bill passed by the House last year that would have made illegal immigration a felony drove millions of Latinos into the streets in cities across the country last spring. ...

LULAC, MALDEF, La Raza and the National Immigration Forum are part of a broad network of immigrant rights groups that hold nightly conference calls and strategy sessions on the legislation. The groups speak daily with top aides in Reid's and Kennedy's offices.

John McCain and his buddies int he Senate can spin it any way they want. But it was amnesty. He was in favor of it four years ago. And these people decided to sit down with political activists, allowing them a virtual seat at the table in hammering the legislation out, while they condemned Americans that weren't exactly pleased with the results they were discovering.

John McCain is a liar, and he's lying to the base in the hopes that his neuralyzer plan might win him what he thinks he deserved in 2000. And we thought Hillary was bad.

Publius II


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