Plucking the pluckers.

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June 18 2007 8:14 AM

Plucking the Pluckers

Do liberals still care about low-wage workers?

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shows that "democracy works"and they are coming around to sensible opposition to the bill. As Kate O'Beirne points out, the proposal seems much more like a transparent ploy to give these senators pro-enforcement cover so they can vote for the bill. I think veteran comprehensivist Sen. McCain even publicly suggested this maneuver. ... Democracy works, but for Senators eager to please business lobbyists, pander to Latinos--and who have secret contempt for their constituents--it will be a last resort. ...

P.S.: O'Beirne predicts anti-bill Senators "will insist that the additional funding produce measurable results before considering any sweeping reform." ...

P.P.S.: Noam Askew is paranoid enough! He suggests that Chambliss and Isakson are positioning themselves to support the bill if they can somehow avoid the voters wrath. ... Malkin, also appropriately worried, notes reports that McConnell and Lott are on the verge of flipping 15 Republican senators. ... Meanwhile, Paul Weyrich thinks opponents of the bill are up against  what Al Gore would call  "powerful forces":

In all of the years I have been here I never have known when the establishment really wants something that the establishment cannot obtain it. And the establishment really wants this bill.

It's no time to calm down. ... 5:02 P.M. link

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Kos v. P.o.s.! Yahoos to the right, yahoos to the left. Blogometer's Conn Carroll notes that the recently elected Kos-style Dem candidates (Tester, Webb, Boyda) do not seem to be lamenting the immigration bargain's collapse. ... He also has Kos himself busting pompous Balz. ... Backfill: Fishwrap added McCaskill to the list  of anti-comprehensive netroots Dems. ... P.S.: On the right, even "yahoo"-bashin' Bill Kristol has bailed on the bill-- 

I would point fingers at the drafters of the bill. The more this bill was debated, the less able people were to defend it substantively. 

1:55 P.M. link

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Fool-the-Yahoos Surge: Meetings have been held, tactics adopted, talking points synchronized. The new Bush counterinsurgency strategy to reverse the course of the immigration debate seems to have two components:

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