The miraculous thing about Geraldo is that he manages to sound less reasonable every time he talks about this issue. Starting with the platitudes about living in the “shadows” and having one’s “hopes crushed,” continuing through to the obligatory smears of right-wing talk radio (“extremist”) and ICE (“terrorized by the law”), and finally concluding with an embarrassing, transparent filibuster when Brian Kilmeade asks why we can’t secure the border first, he does his side no favors. If you haven’t watched Byron Dorgan’s speech yet, it’s a must as a complement to this. American workers exist not at all in Geraldo’s conception of this issue; for him it’s about no more and no less than compassion for illegals (read: Latinos), just like for big business it’s about no more and no less than quasi-slave wages. Watch Dorgan and ask yourself, per Geraldo, who’s really being “opportunistic” here. As for his super-keen idea about making illegals earn citizenship through military service, if you think John Kerry and Charlie Rangel are shrill now when they talk about an army of the poor and uneducated, wait until this plan gets off the ground. Imagine the pride we’d feel in our armed forces knowing we’ve filled the ranks by exploiting foreigners’ economic hardships.
Keep an eye out at the beginning too for his assertion that the collapse of the “grand bargain” proves political compromise is dead. WaPo made the same point last night; it’s a way for amnesty proponents to excuse the bill’s failure on grounds other than its own (non-)merits. But not to worry: Senator Tantrum is vowing that it’s not dead. Can the same be said for his political career? Read the quote from the South Carolinian here and wonder.
Update: Slublog thinks it’s worth spotlighting Tancredo’s shot at McCain from the WashTimes link:
“John McCain has always prided himself as a man who marches to the beat of a different drummer,” Mr. Tancredo told The Times yesterday. “How depressing to learn that the drummer is Ted Kennedy.”