Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Sen. Kennedy feeling progressive anger on immigration

As I predicted, Senator Kennedy is alienating progressives who are opposed to the immigration reform bill from the left. Btw, a test vote on the immigration bill will be held today, so FYI - call your Senators.
Months of tumultuous negotiations with the White House and GOP allies have brought the Senate's liberal lion, Edward M. Kennedy, to the brink of passing a bill to legalize up to 12 million unlawful immigrants.

But his concessions to get there have alienated liberals who in the past have counted him as their strongest champion. A showdown test vote is scheduled today, and the Senate could pass — or reject — the bill by week's end.

Although I can't say that this little taunt is helping matters much:

On ABC's This Week, Sen. Kennedy said of immigration reform opponents, "We know what they're against. What are they for?"

Nor does Bush's confidence in Kennedy support his argument. Kennedy led the coalition to pass the disastrous Medicare Part D which forbids the US government from negotiating lower prescription drug prices for seniors and the infamous No Child Left Behind.

Kennedy's pragmatic history and his expertise — he maneuvered a broad immigration overhaul through the Senate in 1965, during his second term — has earned him Bush's trust.

"Senator Kennedy is one of the best legislative senators there is. He can get the job done. I know firsthand, because we reformed our education system," Bush said at a March news conference in Mexico.

Senator Kennedy, Bush is a snake. Avoid his poison kiss!!! Also, stop using your "liberal lion" status to get us into shitty deals with Republicans. You would think that once you got sold a lemon the first two times that you might avoid getting massively snookered a third time, especially when you are playing with millions of lives.

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