Cuestiono la sincronización: A few months ago, Democrats (and Republican amnesty types) seemed to realize that they could make a lot of progress on their version of immigration reform if they didn’t talk about it. Loud, self-righteous campaigning only riled the Republican grass roots. Better to not give them a target, let them be distracted with scandals and other issues while pro-amnesty GOP money men quietly did their work.
That trick helped get a “Legalization First” bill through the Senate. Then the Senate bill’s backers shrewdly failed to introduce any amnesty legislation in the House before the August recess–avoiding provoking 2009-style Tea Party chaos.
But I’ve always wondered: How were they actually going to pass an amnesty bill in the GOP House without anyone noticing? Even if the MSM cooperates by playing down the issue? The debt ceiling/Obamacare fight isn’t enough to distract the base forever. We’re no longer shocked by the NSA and IRS tax exemption stories, everyone’s picked their side–another scandal isn’t going to do the job. You’d almost need a war or something. And that’s not about to happen.
Oh wait. …
This just in: Cory Booker invented “Arianna Huffington” to make his life story more dramatic. She is a composite.
Quien es mas macho? An immigration-legalization bill is far from dead this year (see first item) but you wouldn’t know it from proponents, who are beginning to make the sort of aggressive, belittling boasts that often mask a deteriorating position. Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice and the MSM’s go-to quote man, tells The Hill that if Republicans don’t find a “way forward …we will be kicking their ass” in the 2014 and 2016 elections. Meanwhile, pro-amnesty conservative Grover Norquist, executive director of Grover Norquist, declares “The anti-immigrant stuff is an inch deep and a mile wide.”
It’s the width that counts, no?