See update at foot: life imitates NewsBusters.
This is the first step. We can and must complete this legislation sooner rather than later. We all know thatthis issue can be caught up in extracurricular politics unless we move forward as quickly as possible. -- Sen. John McCain [R-AZ], May 17th.
Now is probably the last window for action on comprehensive reform before presidential politics thwart any rational debate. -- Boston Globe editorial, May 19th.That the Boston Globe would want to ram through the amnesty-based immigration bill comes as no surprise. But what does it say about Republican presidential hopeful John McCain that the Globe's entreaty tracks McCain's so closely?
Hugh Hewtt has described the operative sentiment as "a repulsive attitude of contempt towards the voters who elected the senators."
It is hard to see it as anything else. For implicit in "McGlobe's" decrying of "politics" is a shared disdain for the people. The great unwashed proletariat, nativist yahoos that they are, cannot be permitted to intrude as their enlightened betters do what is necessary and right.
Except that what is being proposed in this amnesty-first immigration bill is unnecessary and wrong. And as for keeping people and politics out, it's way too late. For with his avid support for this legislation, McCain has sealed his fate with Republican primary voters. He will not be the nominee, and I would predict will not even be in the race by the time New Hampshire rolls around.
You might say the Globe has played a useful role with its predictably pro-amnesty editorial. It has clearly exposed in just what kind of circles John McCain is running.
UPDATE 5-21-- LIFE IMITATES NB: You'll note that in the third-to-last paragraph of this item, I described the Globe/McCain atttitude as one of fearing the intrusion into the debate of nativist "yahoos." Liberal pundit Bob Beckel appeared on Fox News this morning at 10:45 am and decried criticism of the immigration bill by -- you guessed it -- "yahoos"!Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org