Grilling a Senator.

     Hugh Hewitt has taken the lead on the Senate Immigration Bill. Here are his comments on his Wednesday interview with Senator Kyl (Hugh is not convinced and neither are we. Kyl is sounding very slick these days.)

     Hewitt has a transcript of the interview or you can listen to a recording of the interview.

     Kyl seems to be shifting the blame for this flawed legislation to the voters by repeating the line “my constituents in my last reelection in November said do something about illegal immigration.” When we were telling you to do something we meant something to fix the issue not conspire with Senator Kennedy to make the situation worse.

Update: Yahoo! News has an AP article about the “Gang of 12.” The deck seems pretty stacked when they get committed liberals like Ted Kennedy and Diane Feinstein and our side gets a committed liberal like Arlen Specter.


Comments

  1. Once again, thank you. Giving an opportunity for folks to actually see for themselves and not accept the spin-dry version of others is truly a service.

    At no time did HH ever refer to Senator Kyl as a traitor, a liar, or anything other than “our great conservative friend, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona”. The discussion was very much to get information and clarification.

    The evaluation was to the point. What is it that needs work and what could make it better. Isn’t that what the process is about? Isn’t that what Sen. Kyl has said all along is the point in getting it started now?

    Then, I read the comments about HH’s evaluation. WOW! He is slammed by folks as too weak, too soft, not isolationist enough. Suddenly the globalist label is put on anyone who does not want a retreat into pre-WWI America.

    Again, please understand I do not agree with everything in this bill. I’m quite sure that Sen. Kyl feels the same way. But nothing can be improved if nothing exists in the first place. Continue to contact his office with your support for the areas that need to be changed and offer support for him as he takes this message forward. He is made stronger by the energy we offer and weaker by the personal attacks on his character and office.

  2. ThinkRight says

    OVD,
    Although I can understand your frustration with the bill, Senator Kyl is anything but “Slick”… Sr. Kyl has been a beacon of light for us Conservative Arizonans and let’s not throw him under the bus.
    I wouldn’t say that enfluencing this bill is “conspiring with” Kennedy. Stating that they are “conspiring” is to state that Kyl is secretly plotting to commit an illegal act. That is not the case.
    OVD, I love you man, but I disagree with your portrayal of the good senator.

  3. Giving an opportunity for folks to actually see for themselves and not accept the spin-dry version of others is a good thing.

    At no time did HH ever refer to Senator Kyl as a traitor, a liar, or anything other than “our great conservative friend, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona”. The discussion was very much to get information and clarification. What is it that needs work and what could make it better. Isn’t that what the process is about? Isn’t that what Sen. Kyl has said all along is the point in getting it started now?

    Then, I read the comments about HH’s evaluation. WOW! He is slammed by folks as too weak, too soft, not isolationist enough. Suddenly the globalist label is put on anyone who does not want a retreat into pre-WWI America.

    Again, please understand I do not agree with everything in this bill. I’m quite sure that Sen. Kyl feels the same way. But nothing can be improved if nothing exists in the first place. Continue to contact his office with your support for the areas that need to be changed and offer support for him as he takes this message forward. He is made stronger to do what is necessary by the energy we offer and weaker by the personal attacks on his character and office.

  4. ThinkRight,
    The good Senator made a mistake by working with Ted ‘the swimmer” Kennedy on this legislation. Kennedy has basically been setting immigration policy for America since 1965 and it has been an unmitigated disaster resulting in 20 million ILLEGAL aliens here murdering over 4,000 Americans annually. This is in addition to the untold BILLIONS of dollars they cost us. Kyl needs to admit to this mistake and condemn the amnesty plan instead of lending it credibility by supporting it. He needs to stop pretending that it isn’t another amnesty and he especially needs to stop insulting conservatives by calling this scheme a “conservative plan”. At that time, he’ll re-earn my respect. Right now, I and many other Republican feel outright BETRAYED by Sen. Kyl – hence the anger.

  5. Senator Kyl introduced a bill last session that was very different from the current plan. It got nowhere in a Senate with a Republican majority. Even taking into account the veto power of a Republican president, the possibilty of a far worse plan making it into law WITHOUT the input from Sen. Kyl is not a longshot.

    So, he accepts the hand that is dealt him by the voters, that being a Dmeocratic majority in both houses. Accepts the reality of election timing and presidential aspirations getting in the way of future efforts and does what is necessary to affect change now.

    The bill has already gone and will continue to undergo changes. Stay angry, stay determined but let’s not focus the energy and effort in non-produtive and disruptive means. Offering to support his efforts to make the necessary changes and influencing other Senators to support his work will be a much better use of our passion.

  6. PartyGuy says

    Passing nothing is BETTER than passing this bill. Understand that passing nothing means we still have illegal immigration as it currently exists, but we live to fight another day on enforcement and border security.

    Passing this bill means phony border security over 15% of the border while ignoring the other 85%, the legalization of tens of millions, no political motivation for enforcement or security (since they’ll say they just fixed everything) AND CONTINUED ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION since they won’t have actually fixed anything!

    Kyl needs to vote no on this monster…

  7. Ann,

    This bill is so horrible it is hard to even describe all the problems. As Sen. Dorgan showed on C-Span today, the “temporary worker” authorization was negotiated for 400,000 PER YEAR for at least ten years which cumulates to FOUR MILLION temporary workers!!! Why didn’t the consrevative “negotiator” for President Bush give us the total number?

    Also, why doesn’t he tell us that ALL illegals are given legal status IMMEDIATELY upon being signed into law with a Probationary designation?

    Also, in regards to the Z-visa, while it is distributed intially for five years, it is automatically renewable indefinitely!

    How long do you think it will take a department that has the all the necessary funds and authority to construct 800 miles of fencing and has only completed 12 miles in a year to build the rest of the system. The completion of the fence is a trigger, but by the time they activate the trigger, we will have another 30 million new illegals.

    Finally, do you really believe that a department that cannot professionally hire four thousand personnel in six years will be able to hire the personnel necessary to conduct 20 MILLION background checks including fingerprint verification accurately within 18 months?

    The border security provisions have more holes than swiss cheese. Thank you, McCain, Kennedy, Feinstein, Spector, etal for selling us all out!

    Folks, next week is the critical week, KEEP CALLING, FAXING AND E-MAILING the Senators’ offices. This will be the determining factor in killing this horrible bill.

    As Cong. Franks is fond of saying, It is not the water on the outside, but rather the water on the inside that sinks the boat. This bill opens gaping holes in the hull of the USS United States and we must seal the holes with our efforts or the ship will sink.

  8. GOP PK,

    I have said on more than one occasion I am not a fan of the bill as it reads. With that said, I see no positive good coming out of the vicious and vile methods of displaying dissatisfaction. If the energies spent on name calling, targeted attacks, and political posturing was spent on bolstering Senator Kyl so that his original legislation would have more opportunity to be considered for alternative options in this bill, we would all be better served.

    I am no political neophyte and have had to push hard before against overwhelming odds. It can be done but it takes real leadership and organization. It takes someone with the courage to stand against the apparent majority and prevail. However when the person who has carried the flag for the good guys sees his back-up turn on him, what is left?

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