Sonoran Alliance and Espresso Pundit have both noted that Representative John Shadegg assisted in the defeat of the senate immigration bill by supporting a House Republican caucus resolution opposing the senate bill. Thanks to EP we can view the document that brought forth the house resolution. Look at the right side of the second to last line and you will notice the signature of another member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, The Hon. Trent Franks.
I wonder if Congressman Kyl will soon be blaming Representatives Shadegg and Franks for the failure of the bill like he did the Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party in a story published June 29th? It is sad to see Kyl continue the spat with Pullen. Even worse Kyl has now joined Mississippi Congressman Trent Lott in blaming and attacking talk radio.
“At the end of the day, Republicans failed to deliver as many votes as we needed to deliver,” he said, “mostly due to the hue and cry from talk radio and TV.”
Kyl and Lott are missing the fact that Talk Radio is simply a conduit for the citizenry. Unlike senators, who receive a 6-year license to pontificate, Talk Radio hosts must earn their keep each day. They must constantly attract and retain an audience. Advertisers do not care what the audience share was 3 years ago; they care about today and tomorrow. Therefore Talk Radio must reflect the mood of the audience or the audience will quickly and easily go elsewhere. Is Rush Limbaugh on over 600 stations because he was elected to a 6-year term after misleading the electorate about his stand on amnesty for illegal immigrants with no method for recall? No. He attracts millions of listeners each day because on some level they identify with what he is saying. When Kyl and Lott are attacking Talk Radio they are really attacking the listeners. It is a sad day when a senator blames the opinion of the citizenry for the failure of a bill.
Sorry Congressman Kyl but we live in a Constitutional Republican not Plato’s Republic.
Hopefully someone within the Arizona congressional delegation will step forward to make peace with the chairman of the state party. The incessant bickering will only serve to weaken the party’s efforts to win in ’08. My guess is that the olive branch is more likely to come from someone who has to answer to the voters every two years instead of every six.
Let the record show that Sonoran Alliance was not in strong opposition to the senate immigration bill until first reading analysis from The Heritage Foundation. Will Republican senators now be attacking Heritage for informing the citizens?
Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, weighs in on the failure of the senate immigration bill. The clarity of his words speak for themselves.
Click here to read his analysis.