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Monday, May 21, 2007

John McCain vs. Mitt Romney on immigration

We knew this was coming. It was only a matter of time, but it's clear now -- more than ever -- that John McCain isn't someone who has the temperament to handle the presidency. He proved that point on Friday when he lost it on John Cornyn:

A minor problem arose. Bush administration negotiators and a bipartisan Senate group had been meeting several days a week since February, often with glacial progress. (McCain rarely attended, though his staff was there.) As of Thursday morning, however, agreement hadn’t been reached. A final meeting started at 10 a.m. in hopes of finishing the deal. With a dozen Senators, two Cabinet members (Chertoff and Gutierrez) and perhaps 15 staffers in the room discussing an unpublished documents exceeding 300 pages in length, it was slow going. Senator Cornyn, tacitly supported by Sen. Jon Kyl, pushed hard to streamline legal procedures to allow prompt deportation of illegals. Senator Kennedy resisted.

As the clock moved closer to 1:30 p.m., Senator McCain suddenly lost it. "This is chickenshit," he told Senator Cornyn. "I think it would expedite things if you would just leave the room, Senator, so we can get along with finishing this up." Senator Cornyn responded: "Wait a minute. We’ve been meeting for three months on this in good faith, and now you parachute in here this morning and tell me to leave? I think you’re out of line."

Senator McCain responded: "F*** you! I know what is going on here. I know more about immigration than anybody in this room!” Other Senators moved in to calm things down, and the talks went on. Senator Cornyn’s provision was not included. At 1:30 p.m. sharp, the conferees (not including Senators Cornyn or Menendez and a few other negotiators) were in the press gallery, congratulating each other. Senator Kennedy recognized Senator McCain early to make his televised comments, then Senator McCain departed before the press conference was over for a flight to New York City. Later that afternoon, he missed yet another Senate vote -– this one on the Democrats' $2.9 trillion budget plan, an outline for the largest tax increase in U.S. history.

That's from Scott Johnson at PowerLine, as he was piecing the blow up together. So, there we have Exhibit A. Today, Exhibit B hit our computer:

“Maybe I should wait a couple weeks and see if [Romney’s position] changes, since it’s changed in less than a year.”

“Maybe his solution would be to get out his small varmint gun and drive those Guatemalans off his lawn or something.”

No one predicted these outbursts would come about over the issue of immigration. Hell, no one expected him to shoot himself in the foot as quickly as he has already. His first debate performance was terrible. He came across as angry, arrogant, and aloof. His second debate performance did nothing to erase the previous one, and his inability to answer certain questions is a mark of someone who's not yet ready for primetime.

But the outburst over John Cornyn, and the illegitimate swipe at Mitt Romney were completely unexpected, and if I may be honest, they were uncalled for. This goes beyond simply being a loose cannon or even unhinged. John McCain acts and sounds like he's completely unstable. And while I admit that he is a good American and a war hero, he's a terrible senator, a lousy Republican, and such a loose screw that I can't tolerate or support him in any way.

NOW, I'd like to address this little gem brought to my attention by Hugh Hewitt today. According to a Freeper thread cloture will be called for on this immigration shamnesty bill. Going through the comments in that thread, many Freepers have been doing as Marcie and I have, as Hugh has asked people to do, which is call their representatives and raise Cain. Interestingly enough, the Freepers point out that the vast majority of the phone calls that have been flooding into senate offices for the last three or four days are vehemently OPPOSED to this bill.

We're not stupid, folks. We know a shame when we see one and hear about one. Congress can think they know better but I'm here to tell you that we spent the weekend running through the proposed legislation -- every page of it, every word of it -- and this bill sucks. I don't care if the president is looking for a legacy, or if John McCain thinks being a part of this will boost him a couple points in the polls. People aren't happy with this bill. Americans understand that it will basically grant amnesty to 12 million-plus illegal aliens, and that the promises of enforcement and heightened security are empty. The illegals here don't like it because they're being forced to jump through too many hoops.

This bill sucks. Keep melting down the phones. If this puppy passes the Senate, then we move over to the House, and start nailing them, too. 202-225-3121 -- Call them and demand that they end this garbage. And if they don't want to do that, then offer them a chance to get all the capiutulation in one bill. Tell them to put withdrawal timetables in the bill for Iraq. Maybe the president and the members of Congress will finally wake up out of their legacy fog.

Publius II


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