Everyone Is Earnestly Interested In Passing An Immigration Bill!
Will the terrible Democratsplease stop considering a long-overdue immigration bill, now that Lindsey Graham is upset? Mean old Harry Reid had pwomised him an energy bill (dead on arrival) first before pwomising him an immigwation bill! Then he switched it up! And now Lindsey Graham is so upset that he says they don't need to deal with immigration until 2012, it's no big deal.
(This, of course, is the opposite of what Lindsey Graham said months ago, before he realized that doing an immigration bill this year would mostly help mobilize the lazy Democratic base in the midterms, whereas a bipartisan immigration bill in 2012 would help Republicans not come across as quite so racist heading into a presidential election, which is decided by more than just special interests playing for turnout.)
What are the Democrats thinking, going against Lindsey Graham like this?
Still, something seems off here...
"Reid obviously needs it to invigorate his base - Clark County Hispanics and union members. He needs to get those people invigorated and out voting and one way to do that is to get an immigration bill moving," a Democratic House committee staffer familiar with the immigration debate told me in an interview. The staffer asked for anonymity to be able to speak freely about the political nature of the issue.
"Either we do it for political show or we get a bill done. Either way we win," the staffer said. "If Republicans block us they will forever cement themselves as rural, white angry party, and that's fine either way. Hispanics will see on Telemundo and Univision the angry white people in the Republican blocking the American dream. Who wins? Democrats do."
Ah, that last paragraph, that's what seems off. The HORRIBLY CYNICAL last paragraph, from Hell.
Even if this may be a candid look at the "political nature of the issue," it might be in the Democratic higher-ups' best interest to not come across as horribly condescending and disingenuous in the discussion thereof. If you're going to try to pass an immigration bill, you should try to pass an immigration bill! Many of those Hispanics watching "Telemundo and Univision" are already well aware of "the angry white people in the Republican [party]." But even their tiny Mexican minds can figure out when the leadership has no intention of fighting for the issues they care about and simply wants their votes for the midterms.