Dishonesty, from the immigration debate to the Magic Hat

People really don’t like being lied to. We think that this factor contributes the extra degree of outrage to some political debates.

It occurred to us the other day, listening to a Democratic strategist (Bob Beckel?) on Hannity trying to debate John O’Neill. We are bored of John Kerry (“I have the hat, I have the hat”) and his buffoonish ways. But when we hear his sycophants trying once again to discredit O’Neill the only way they can — by shouting him down — our blood begins to boil once again. We just can’t stand the lies.

It’s the same with the immigration bill. George Bush did himself no favors when he gave that speech, as we have said. But it’s not just Bush. The polls lied — because while they asked oh so many questions about immigration, they typically never asked about the priority of enforcement over other issues. So you got nonsensical reporting, and warped commentary from otherwise sensible people. But the facts were always the opposite of the lies being reported as news by the MSM and certain of those in the elite political class. Consider how thigs suddenly looked different when it came down to real and true numbers — electoral numbers (via WaPo):

The opposition spreads across the geographical and ideological boundaries that often divide House Republicans, according to interviews with about half of the 40 or so lawmakers whom political handicappers consider most vulnerable to defeat this November. At-risk Republicans — from moderates such as Christopher Shays in suburban Connecticut and Steve Chabot in Cincinnati to conservative J.D. Hayworth in Arizona — said they are adamant that Congress not take any action that might be perceived as rewarding illegal behavior…

Several Republicans said they are getting more bricks in the mail — as part of a new grass-roots campaign promoting a fence between the United States and Mexico — than letters or calls supporting Bush and the Senate bill. Most said 80 to 90 percent of feedback coming from constituents last week was in opposition to Bush and the Senate on the citizenship question…

Despite some national polls showing strong support for a comprehensive solution of the sort favored by Bush, nearly every GOP lawmaker interviewed for this article said the House plan to secure the borders and enforce existing immigration laws is unquestionably the safer political stand in his or her district. Many Democrats from vulnerable districts say the same thing…

Rep. Chris Chocola (R-Ind.) said he told White House officials, who keep citing polls showing wide support for the Bush approach, that “they must not be polling anyone in the 2nd District.”…[Christopher] Shays, who represents an upscale, largely white swing district in Connecticut, said he informed GOP leaders of his opposition to Bush’s path to citizenship after talking to local voters in a recent 18-stop tour. If anything, voters are growing more “adamant” in their opposition, he said. In an interview, he proposed allowing illegal immigrants a chance to stay and work but not become citizens, which many senators said would be a deal-killer….

Some Democrats are feeling similar pressure. When the House voted on its get-tough bill that also made illegal immigration a felony, 13 of the 17 Democratic incumbents who face tough races sided with Republicans. “The folks I represent in Georgia are sick and tired of the fact that nothing’s been done to stem the tide of illegal immigration,” said Rep. John Barrow, who dismissed the Senate bill as “amnesty-light — no matter what they try to call it.”….Rep. John N. Hostettler (R-Ind.), a top Democratic target who represents a district so competitive it is known as the “bloody 8th,” warned that if House Republicans do not oppose guest workers, temporary workers and anything “that looks like amnesty,” they could very well lose the House.

Fellas and gals, this is not a close call, and never has been. The US government, from the days of Simpson-Mazzoli and well before, has done zero to effectively control the border and illegal immigration. The administration had no bona fides on this issue, having presided over half a decade of ineffective enforcement. The people have listened to 12,000 days of blather on this issue, and sometimes things reach a point where the lies just have to stop. It appears that now is that time. (HT’s: Mickey Kaus, John McIntyre)

One Response to “Dishonesty, from the immigration debate to the Magic Hat”

  1. Steven M. Warshawsky Says:

    Great post. When I read the other day that Christopher Shays (RINO-Conn) — the frequent target of Ann Coulter’s devastating barbs — has come out against the Senate amnesty bill, I KNEW that the mainstream media’s biased and incomplete polls were not telling the true story of the American people’s adamant opposition to out-of-control immigration. The free market (here, in politics) rarely fails to demonstrate the public’s true feelings. Now if only the people would put their feelings into concrete action . . . .

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