Friday, March 26, 2010

A Bit of Good News

According to Lindsay Graham, the prospects for "comprehensive" immigration reform are kaput for this year. Normally, I take his brand of high dudgeon with a grain of salt; but the events of last week seem to have woken Graham up to the dangers of being the moderate face for leftist policy making: Sen. Graham: Immigration Reform "Dead" In Health Debate Aftermath
Immigration reform legislation is "dead" in the Senate this year, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday.

Graham, who's sought to work with some Democrats on the controversial issues, said that healthcare efforts had "poisoned the well" for bipartisan cooperation going forward.

"When I say immigration's dead in the Senate, risk-aversion abounds," Graham said during a press conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. "Some of my colleagues will lose over healthcare. The consequences of this vote are going to be long-lasting politically."

Graham had partnered with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to work on immigration legislation, and the pair had met with President Barack Obama earlier this month on the issue.

But Graham said that winning the support for any legislation was all but impossible in the wake of a divisive healthcare debate that's wrapped up this week in Congress.
I especially like this part:
The senator issued a challenge to Obama, too: write your own bill.

"To the president: If you want to deliver on your unwavering commitment to immigration reform, write a bill," he said. "You write the bill, send it to the House. See what happens, because I don't think you have much of a chance of getting it through the Senate."
This week, Obama has definitively revealed himself to be nothing more than a glib punk. That could be the GOP's credo for the rest of the year: write your own damn bill.

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