Saturday, August 6

RNC CHAIRMAN KEN MEHLMAN MUM ON BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION REFORM

Patrick Ruffini saw something of critical import in RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman's address to attendee's of the Republican National Committee's summer meeting in Pittsburgh. By contrast, I saw something of critical importance go unmentioned in Ken's remarks -- namely, the issues of border security and immigration reform and what the President and Congressional Republican leadership intend to do about it prior to the 2006 elections.

Couple that glaring omission with the misguided thesis of Matthew Dowd, senior advisor to the RNC and the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign's chief strategist, as critically reviewed in "The Immigration Blog," and it becomes all too disconcerting. The Republican Party just doesn't get it; or, gets it, but intends to continue to stonewall the American people in the interests of securing greater numbers of Latino voters, while placating American business interests' fondness for so-called "cheap labor" (which, when you factor in taxpayer subsidization of illegal aliens, is anything but cheap).

I guess it's all in one's perspective. Political battles over Supreme Court nominees will quickly pale in importance if another "9/11" occurs and particularly should that terrorist attack be carried out by operatives who have breeched our porous borders.

POSTSCRIPT: Maybe Patrick sees the glass half full and I see it half empty. But anyone who follows my blog knows that I decry activist federal judges and sorely want to see conservatives (preferably in the Scalia mold) on the U.S. Supreme Court. Having said that, however, I think fighting the war in Iraq (which I support) and ignoring the border security issue at home is a contradiction in terms and we're just asking for another "9/11" by focusing entirely on amnesty and guest worker programs, and not on beefing up the U.S. Border Patrol and placing National Guard troops in support of them.


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