May 24, 2007
George Will Weighs In; Bob Novak Draws from the Bush Team Playbook
George Will : The Amnesty Bill is "A Bill That Earned Its Doubters":
In 1986, when there probably were 3 million to 5 million illegal immigrants, Americans accepted an amnesty because they were promised that border control would promptly follow. Today the 12 million illegal immigrants, 60 percent of whom have been here five or more years, are as numerous as Pennsylvanians; 44 states have populations smaller than 12 million.Robert Novak infers that we're all just bigots:
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia were booed at their respective state party conventions Sunday for supporting a compromise immigration bill. Their specific sin was collaborating with the liberal lion of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. But behind the catcalls was Republican rage over undocumented foreigners, a sentiment GOP lawmakers must appease if they want to avoid dire consequences...Yes, Bob, we've gotten accustomed to it by now. If you oppose amnesty, you're an "immigrant basher." In the polar world described by Novak, George and Jeb Bush, Lindsay Graham and Ted Kennedy, you're either in favor of amnesty or you're some kind of immigrant-hating bigot. That's bullshit and I suspect they know it, but the Bush-Kennedy team has never missed a chance to demonize those who disagree with them, even their own supporters, as "elitists,' "sexists," "racists" and "bigots." It's part of their game plan. It's how "The Decider" has "decided" to do business.
But immigrant-bashing divides rather than unites Republicans, as the South Carolina and Georgia conventions showed. In a recent closed-door meeting of the House's conservative Republican Study Committee, Rep. Bob Inglis (S.C.) raised the danger of resembling South Africa's National Party advocating apartheid.
Hey, call me whatever you like, folks, but if you're wrong, you're wrong, and I'm going to make sure you hear about it.