Amnesty keeps slipping further and further into the future. A Roll Call piece today, referring to Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham’s scheming, says:
While the pair had originally hoped to have legislation ready by early next year, it now appears that the earliest a comprehensive package will be made public is in early spring, Democratic aides said.
And I especially loved this nugget:
“If we’re dumb enough to put immigration on the floor next year, I’m calling a headhunter,” one senior Democratic aide said.
But the authors of the Roll Call piece write that Reid will likely keep talking about immigration regardless, in an effort to motivate Hispanic voters to save his sorry hide in November:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may not have a chance of passing an immigration reform bill next year, but that’s not going to stop him from keeping the contentious issue on the chamber’s front burner as he tries to rally Hispanic voters behind what’s likely to be a brutal bid for a fifth term.
Reid’s ploy might even help moderate Democrats, giving them an opportunity to show that they don’t march in lockstep with the leftists in their party. I can even see how Reid thinks debating immigration — with the assurance that nothing will actually pass — could help him, though I think he overestimates Hispanic voters’ interest in the issue and underestimates the way it could further energize his opponents.
But what I don’t understand is how the pro-amnesty advocacy groups can go along with such a charade, where Reid gets re-elected (supposedly) but they get bupkis. They’d be better off following the advice of the new head of MALDEF, who’s arguing for a piecemeal approach to amnesty rather than trying to get the whole “comprehensive” enchilada. The specifics of his piecemeal approach are obviously pretty bad, and they don’t have much chance either, but at least such a strategy isn’t a complete fantasy.
Prediction: In his State of the Union address, the president will say that a “comprehensive” amnesty is needed in the long run, but economic and political reality demands that we lower our sights and make a “downpayment” by passing some targeted amnesty bills, like the DREAM Act.