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Interesting piece that Kathryn linked to claiming that the Hispanic Caucus may drop its objection to the (not very effective) bar to illegals in the health-care bills in exchange for a promise from the White House to push amnesty. Of course, any promise from the Obama people will turn into a pumpkin once the health-care debate ends. Even the lefties seem to have figured that out; David Dayen at Firedoglake asks “Given the risk-averse nature of this White House and Nancy Pelosi’s vow not to tackle controversial subjects in the House without the Senate going first, it’s puzzling why the CHC [Congressional Hispanic Caucus] would accept any kind of promise as an iron-clad guarantee to move to a bill.” But the left-wing amnesty advocates really don’t have much choice — if they oppose the health-care bill’s bar to illegals and cause the whole package to fail, they weaken Obama and make it even less likely he’ll take up amnesty; if they support the health-care bill, it’s still likely amnesty won’t happen, and then they will have helped formalize the exclusion of illegal aliens from the new health-care system. Any promise extracted from the White House to push amnesty is a booby prize — a sign of the Hispanic Caucus’s weak bargaining position.

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