April 9, 2006


Illegals impasse riles Bush, Reid (Joseph Curl, April 9, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

President Bush yesterday blamed Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid for blocking compromise legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration system, even though the president never endorsed the bill and many of his fellow Republicans openly opposed it.

While Democrats and Republicans were split throughout the debate, the president singled out the Senate's minority leader as the cause for the failure of the bill, which would have offered eventual citizenship to an estimated 11 million illegal aliens.

"Unfortunately, this compromise is being blocked by the Senate Democratic leader, who has refused to allow senators to move forward and vote on amendments to this bill," Mr. Bush said during his weekly radio address. "I call on the Senate minority leader to end his blocking tactics and allow the Senate to do its work and pass a fair, effective immigration-reform bill."

When Bill Clinton needed Republicans to pass legislation that they and he supported -- free trade, Welfare Reform, etc. -- they were there for him. If Democrats won't even be bipartisan on bills they support then the President needs to go to the mattresses. Democratic leadership is so weak and their positions on other issues so unpopular that he can dirty them up pretty easily.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2006 8:05 AM

If Bush and the GOP play this right it could help them in Nov. They need to paint the Dems as only wanting amnesty and not wanting to take any additional border security actions. The GOP needs to stress border security and then some new citizenship actions and that should put them in sync with most of the voters. The breakdown of the compromise bill should calm down the far right and give Bush and the GOP room to maneuver.

Posted by: AWW at April 9, 2006 1:04 PM

The Dems are trapped either way. The current stalemate can and will be used against them. If they do come around and support an (amended, tougher) Senate bill, the Conference Committee will produce a final bill closer to the (even tougher) House version. They will then have to filibuster serious immigration reform in an election year. And they get to thank Uncle Ted for putting them in that corner.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 9, 2006 2:30 PM

Exploting Democrat mistakes? Are you kidding, or living in in an Oliver Stone fantasy world? Never, ever underestimate the ability of the Stupid Party to help the Democrats get out of a self-dug hole, even one this deep.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 9, 2006 3:51 PM

I'm with Mr. Ortega on this one. Bush and/or the Congressional GOP will find a way to let the Democratic leadership escape unscathed in exchange for damaging the GOP.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 9, 2006 5:31 PM


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