(Hat tip: Michelle)
The fix is in on the Shamnesty Bill, and the message to America from Senate Republicans like John McCain, Jon Kyl, Lindsey Grahamnesty, and Trent Lott is: “Screw You.”
Earlier in the day, trying to start the bill moving again in the Senate, Mr. Bush called for an immediate burst of $4.4 billion in spending to show that the government was committed to â€œsecuring this border once and for all.â€
Senator Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia, described the call for $4.4 billion as â€œa good start.â€ But Mr. Isakson said Mr. Bush needed to do more to secure the border and to show that he was serious about enforcing immigration laws.
Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: â€œTalk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.â€
At some point, Mr. Lott said, Senate Republican leaders may try to rein in â€œyounger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill.â€
Senator Jim DeMint, Republican of South Carolina, welcomed the presidentâ€™s support for more spending on border security, but said, â€œThereâ€™s no reason why we should be forced to tie amnesty to it.â€
Mr. Bush said the $4.4 billion would â€œcome from the fines and penalties that we collect from those who have come to our country illegallyâ€ and apply for legal status.
Representative Duncan Hunter of California, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, scorned such linkage.
â€œThe idea that we will have border security only if itâ€™s paid for by illegal immigrants is unacceptable,â€ Mr. Hunter said.
Matthew A. Towery, a political analyst in Atlanta who was once a campaign chairman for Newt Gingrich and is now chief executive of a polling firm, Insider Advantage, said: â€œHaving George W. Bush come out and speak in favor of the immigration bill does not do any good for Republican senators. He just irritates the conservative base of the Republican Party, which has abandoned him on this issue.â€
Actually, it’s George W. Bush who has abandoned any semblance of conservatism. He has abandoned and insulted his conservative base, and Republicans will pay dearly in the 2008 elections. The whole Lott of them are morons. Speaking of that old fool, Trent Lott, Allah at hotair.com has these observations on his assault on free speech:
Question: What kind of political instinct would identify the one spot on the media spectrum controlled by his constituents as a â€œproblemâ€ that needs to be dealt with? Answer: The same kind of political instinct that believes this bill is going to guarantee his party millions of Hispanic votes for decades to come. His comment here is the logical conclusion of the grand betrayal that this bill and the secretive maneuvering behind it represents â€” not just ignoring the wishes of the base, not just expressing hostility towards it and/or impugning its motives and integrity (Lott also falsely claims that critics â€œdonâ€™t even know whatâ€™s in the billâ€), but actually moving against it by threatening to neuter its media mouthpiece.
This is how we got that wretched McCain-Feingold Censorship bill: Democrats and Republicans alike despise free speech. As Rush Limbaugh said on his program today (and I paraphrase), “Whenever a politician considers a citizen expressing himself on the radio ‘a problem,’ then we all should fear for our liberty.” Amen to that.
This whole sad spectacle is unreal. It’s surreal. It’s as if Washington, DC, had a screen surrounding the entire city in which information and news is permitted to flow outward but not inward. No, wait. That’s not quite right is it; after all, “our elected representatives” are hearing the screams from flyover country because they’ve responded by calling us “nativists,” and “racists,” and grumbled that our expressions of anger are “a problem” that they “have to deal with.”
Washington, DC, is a country club where egomaniacs train to become pompous, arrogant, SOB’s who forget that they were elected by citizens in what is supposed to be a representative government. They hold us in contempt for having the nerve to criticize their back-room deals to give away and bankrupt the country. How dare we criticize the products of their enlightened sensibilities! Stay tuned. We’ll let you know when Trent Lott flies down to Venezuela to meet with Hugo Chavez to learn how it’s really done!