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Hey, Mr. President, Weren’t We Supposed to See You at the Bill Signing?

Ed Driscoll reminds me that I had a pretty prescient comment way back on May 18:

Two words for anybody who thinks this immigration bill is a done deal, and there’s no way enough opposition builds:
Harriet Miers.

So, Mr. President… now that you’ve demonstrated that you’re willing to:

  • put enormous resources, time, energy, political capital and appropriations approval into an effort for legislation that drives the base of your party batty;
  • have your aides call the base of your party xenophobic, racist, and not wanting what’s best for America;
  • have legislative allies like Trent Lott contend that your longtime loyal friends in the media world, talk radio show hosts, are a problem that “needs to be dealt with”; 
  • accuse your opponents of ignorance and not reading a bill when few, if any of us, believe you read through an entire 500 page bill;
  • flatly refused to listen or consider our arguments that nearly-instant “probationary Z-visas” that permit a recipient to work without fear of deportation amounts to a de facto amnesty;
  • and chosen to do all of the above when you have a 30 percent approval rating or so and the base of your party is your last remaining friend…

…when you need our help in the future, you had better ask nicely and have a long list of persuasive arguments.

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