P.P.S.: Hewitt also worries that the threat of terrorists sneaking across the border with WMD's is so great we need to accept semi-amnesty to get tougher border control--as if you couldn't have the latter without the former. Is Bush holding "homeland security" hostage until he can get his amnesty?
**--Spooked or Spooker? I'm assuming Hewitt's sincere and doesn't want a bill to pass just to help the GOP in the next election (though he admits that's a factor). ... 1:54 P.M.
Wednesday, Ap ril 11, 2007
Whether any Democrat will attempt to gain an advantage by tapping into these currents within the party, or whether they'll remain unified around proposals to offer illegal immigrants access to citizenship, remains an open question.
It seems like a big niche waiting to be filled. ... P.S.: Hillary Clinton, of course, could be the candidate to fill it. True, her problems are with the netroots left these days--but it's not at all clear to me that the netroots left is pro-amnesty, as opposed to Dobbsian populist. You'd think Hillary might be able to shift to a stance of outright opposition to Bush's reform without making them any angrier than they already are. ...
Update:Instapundit, with whom I was on the Hugh Hewitt Show today, seems to be thinking along the same lines. ... On the show I tried to express my deep suspicion that Hewitt overestimates the virtue of passing "something" in part because that would help Republicans put an issue that's dividing them behind them. I don't care that much about helping Republicans and don't understand why it's so necessary to have a bill now, especially if enforcement efforts are showing progress. A usefully sharp disagreement begins around 19:20 mark. ... 6:32 P.M. link
Thinly-sourced kf item of the day: May 4. Fred Thompson announces. ... 2:56 A.M.
The Agony of the LAT Reader, leavened only by the Agony of the LAT: Compare the accounts of last Saturday's pro-legalization immigrant march from the Associated Press and the LAT. The AP report, by Peter Prengaman, has useful new detail --that the marchers were angry about the latest Bush plan
that would grant illegal immigrants work visas but require them to return home ... and pay a $10,000 fine
--and also quotable quotes