Spitzer Gives in for Now
Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to bow to the voters in his state as well as the big names in the Democrat Party and cancel his executive order to hand out driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. He of course blamed George Bush, standard fare for Democrats, despite the fact that Bush wanted to do even more to reward with citizenship those who broke the law to come here. The main concern he had was not that going forward with his plan was considered a stupid idea by nearly everyone. He had to do it to protect Hillary Clinton's run for president.
Just reading the reactions from other Democrat congressmen will highlight the complete cluelessness politicians in general and Democrats in particular are on this issue.
"I believe what we were trying to do was right," he said. "But you don't need a stethoscope to hear the heartbeat of the public on this," he added, referring to polls showing more than 70 percent of New York voters opposed the license change .
Apparently he thinks the 70% who opposed this did so for some reason other that they disagreed with him that this was the right thing to do.
Afterwards, some Democrats hailed Spitzer's "courage" for putting forward the license plan and called for action on immigration reform measures.
"You fought the good fight. The ball is now in our court," said Rep. Charles Rangel of Manhattan, referring to the need for immigration reform. "The idea was right, the timing was wrong."
How many times will the voters have to tell this nitwit that it's not the timing but the idea that is wrong.
Rep. Gary Ackerman of Queens added, "This might not have been the exact right plan. But the governor is on to something."
On something may be more accurate.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of Mineola predicted Spitzer would recover from the beating he's taken for two months on his license policy. She said she opposed it because of concerns about the undocumented gaining access to guns.
I got news for Rep. McCarthy, they have guns already. 60% of the jail population in Virginia are illegal immigrants. They did not need driver's licenses to get them.
The anxiety they are expressing is not over some concern for illegal immigrants. Rather it is the delay in getting a new crop of voters in time for the next election because they are out of ideas on how to buy votes from citizens.
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