Third Rail

4 comments October 23rd, 2007at 09:12pm Posted by Eli

Rahm Emanuel, Political Genius, wants the Democratic Party to get tough on immigrants:

“This issue has real implications for the country. It captures all the American people’s anger and frustration not only with immigration, but with the economy,” said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and an architect of the Democratic congressional victories of 2006. “It’s self-evident. This is a big problem.”

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House Democrats are so concerned that they have resumed talks on a new legislative push, even though the collapse of an immigration deal in the Senate this spring has left virtually no chance that a final bill can be passed in this Congress.

But even in the early stages of this renewed effort, negotiations have only underscored the party’s problems. Some Democratic leaders want what they call a “mini bill,” emphasizing border control, penalties on firms that employ illegal immigrants and stronger efforts to deny illegal immigrants government benefits. But Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), the point man on the bill, said he will never accept a measure that does not include a pathway to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented workers in the country.

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“For the American people, and therefore all of us, it’s emerged as the third rail of American politics,” Emanuel said. “And anyone who doesn’t realize that isn’t with the American people.”

It’s only a matter of time before someone decides to combine third rails and start drafting immigrants.

Seriously, this may be a new low in stupidity for the Democrats. Why would they want to piss away the advantage with Hispanic voters that the GOP just handed them? I mean, it’s not like Dubya and his Intimidating 24% Approval Rating is bullying them into it this time.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Immigration

4 Comments

  • 1. Cujo359  |  October 23rd, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Glad to see we’re courting the bubba vote again. We sure have missed it – almost as much as I miss the taste of that third rail.

    BTW, how many third rails are there? We have the draft, Social Security, and now immigration. Does politics run on three-phase power? Enquiring minds, etc.

  • 2. dan mcenroe  |  October 23rd, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Can’t be too sure how many third rails there are in politics – that’s why guys like Rahm want the democrats to march single-file right behind the republicans. Safer that way.

  • 3. Karin  |  October 23rd, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    Someone needs to kidnap Rahm Emmanuel and not let him go till after the 2008 election. He’s a one man wrecking squad.

  • 4. Eli  |  October 23rd, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    BTW, how many third rails are there? We have the draft, Social Security, and now immigration. Does politics run on three-phase power? Enquiring minds, etc.

    I kinda toyed with calling it “The Ninth Rail” or something. *Everything* is a third rail when you’re afraid to take a stand or do the right thing (or the left thing, as the case may be).


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