Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Harry Reid - misleading voters for an easy applase line

This past weekend Harry Reid was campaigning in Nevada seeking to solidify his support from Hispanic voters there. He really needs their votes in his increasingly doomed attempt to be reelected so he made some nice promises about putting immigration on the front burner in his legislative agenda.
“We’re going to come back, we’re going to have comprehensive immigration reform now,” he said in a speech to more than 6,000 people, mostly immigrants, gathered downtown.

“We need to do this this year,” Mr. Reid said, drawing cheers from the crowd, which included many Latinos. “We cannot wait.”
Well, that might have earned him cheers from an immigrant crowd in Las Vegas. But most people knew that the Democrats in the Senate are not really eager to take up another extremely controversial subject in an election year. The Congress has a lot on its plate. It still hasn't done a budget resolution. They also have a Supreme Court nomination for this summer. And throw in the new treaty with Russia. And they still are hoping to do something on cap and trade. No one really thinks that they'll make a serious effort on immigration this year. But talking about it fires up Hispanics and may get them to come out and vote for Harry so he makes them promises that he has no intention of keeping.

And guess what, he's already backtracked on that applause line.
Senator Harry Reid retreated today from having the Senate move quickly on immigration law changes, saying any overhaul would have to wait.
Senator Reid spoke to reporters today at the Capitol.

“We won’t get to immigration reform this work period,” Mr. Reid, Democrat of Nevada and the majority leader, told reporters after the private weekly luncheon of Democratic senators....

Aides to Mr. Reid said he never meant to imply that he was going ahead immediately and that Democrats, under the leadership of Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, were still putting together a bill.

“Once a bill is drafted, we hope to get it on the floor as quickly as possible,” Jim Manley, a spokesman for Mr. Reid, said.
Translation: Reid was just making an easy promise to get support from a crucial voting bloc but he didn't really mean it.