Carol Platt Liebau: Back From the Dead?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Back From the Dead?

This report says Harry Reid is ready to bring back the immigration bill, this time with a finite list of amendments and the guarantees from Republicans that there will be enough votes to stave off a filibuster.

Interesting choice -- Reid has seemed reluctant in the past to push the legislation through, but perhaps the spectacle of the intra-Republican bloodletting the bill inspires was simply too tempting. The motives of the Bush Administration are harder to discern, especially given that only 20% of American voters want to see this bill revived, while 51% would rather see smaller bills emphasizing enforcement.

Are those within the Beltway listening to their employers -- that is, the American people -- at all?


Blogger Righty64 said...

I would say not at all judging by the comments of Sen. Trent Lott blaming talk radio for opposition to the bill and saying that the Republican leadership is going to have to rein in the young whippersnappers. I say that we should all call and e-mail Sen. Lott and tell him directly what we think. It seems that once you have been in Washington for 35 years as the senator has boasted, you feel you do not really work for the American people. Trent Lott is eye opening and a solid case in point for term limits.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

Sen. Lott has been sticking his thumb in the GOP's eye at least since he almost single-handedly derailed the Senate's Clinton Impeachment hearings. He's a perfect example of the power of incumbency. Term limits are imperfect, but no less so than the career political class that has evolved over the centuries. Unfortunately, we will never have term limits as long as it us up to that same career political class to decide the matter.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

That's OK. I prefer the term limits we have. The voter's booth. I do not want my decision made for me. I'll take my chances trying to persuade more people, sending money to the campaigns of those I'd prefer in office, and constant calls and letters to whoever is in office. Let's not abdicate this sacred right of self-governance just because not enough people take the time to pay attention. Constant support for the best people available will eventually tip the scales. It'll have to. The party wants to win.

9:14 PM  

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