Video: Duncan Hunter slams Congress for gutting the border fence

posted at 8:42 pm on December 19, 2007 by Bryan

This is one of those stories that we at Hot Air fully expected to have to write. Where Washington and border security are concerned, the course of events is always predictable: Congresscritters say what they think they have to say to calm us yahoos down, and then they strike some midnight deal to render everything that they said a lie. We may have to unleash YouTube on these weasels again.

In this clip, Rep. Duncan Hunter lays into the miscreants in Congress who have once again proven that our political class is corrupt and uninterested in what the majority of the country wants done. I left in the tail end of Beck’s opening rant prior to Hunter’s interview to give you a couple of nuggets to prove my point on that. It’s another day in Washington, basically.

Glenn Beck also makes an excellent point about border patrol officers, which could easily be applied now to military members and the CIA agents who had to deal with high-value al Qaeda targets: Why do those jobs when you know with 100% certainty that the denizens of the Beltway will sell you out every chance they get?

Update: The “$10 million for lawyers for illegal immigrants” is incorrect, and based on a mischaracterization by Rep. Roy Blunt.


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Anyone see “I Am Legend”? Spoiler Alert:

Remember the wall around the town in Vermont? Build one of those at the border.

Frozen Tex on December 19, 2007 at 8:53 PM

Government of the campaign contributors, by the campaign contributors and for the campaign contributors.

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.
- Mark Twain

MB4 on December 19, 2007 at 8:54 PM

I hear Bush has sent absentee ballots to Mexico for all those who can’t sneak across our border to vote. In spanish of course. Viva Jorge! Friggen’ traitors all.

roninacreage on December 19, 2007 at 8:54 PM

Let play, who wants to lose an election?

mad saint jack on December 19, 2007 at 9:00 PM

Can someone remind me why we’re all not 100% behind Hunter for the nomination?

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Pathetic. I hope this becomes a campaign issue for those congressional seats in 08.

Spirit of 1776 on December 19, 2007 at 9:07 PM

GOPer Kay Bailey Hutchison lead the charge to remove wall mandates and funding. She’s running for governor of Texas supposedly. She needs to be stopped.

roninacreage on December 19, 2007 at 9:12 PM

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Because we only elect “electable” candidates, whatever that means. We do it to ourselves.

gator70 on December 19, 2007 at 9:14 PM

Can someone remind me why we’re all not 100% behind Hunter for the nomination?

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Cuz we know he just can’t win. He’s got the goods, he just doesn’t have the backing or the national clout & name.

Tim Zank on December 19, 2007 at 9:15 PM

Remember when people felt shame at being called on such shenanigans?

What can we do when Congress is incapable of being shamed?

JohnTant on December 19, 2007 at 9:17 PM

Can someone remind me why we’re all not 100% behind Hunter for the nomination?

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Of all the debates he’s been in, can you think of one in which he could be considered the “winner”?

Even if everyone here at HA were 100% behind him, it would only have the effect of increasing his support from 1% to 1.0001%. If he can’t win 2% of Republicans, he ain’t going to win the general election.

Hollowpoint on December 19, 2007 at 9:25 PM

Its not that hard to vote abroad.

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Speakup on December 19, 2007 at 9:31 PM

It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native criminal class except Congress.
- Mark Twain

I think that Twain may have also said something like,

“I see that you’re a member of Congress. I see that you’re an imbecile. But I repeat myself.”

Bigfoot on December 19, 2007 at 9:31 PM

Lma. love the obe glasses Glen.. heh

hm.. I guess those are comedic.

ANywaY… the border.. ugh.

NM!

amend2 on December 19, 2007 at 9:40 PM

Can someone remind me why we’re all not 100% behind Hunter for the nomination?

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Gator70′s pretty much on it, but the fact of the matter is that the tipping points have all been passed.

The only question is whether to join Allahpundit for beers or MKH for Edy’s.

steveegg on December 19, 2007 at 9:41 PM

Let play, who wants to lose an election?

mad saint jack on December 19, 2007 at 9:00 PM

By the time the election rolls around, what little differences that exist between the two parties now will be completely gone.

infidel4life on December 19, 2007 at 9:45 PM

Why do those jobs when you know with 100% certainty that the denizens of the Beltway will sell you out every chance they get?

Because no one else will.

Egfrow on December 19, 2007 at 9:46 PM

Disgusting. That’s the only word which comes up when I hear of things like this (where congress et. al. subvert the will of the people)…

chrissv on December 19, 2007 at 9:53 PM

Long ride back from LA today, and John and Ken, of KFI 640 were all over this. Their main peeve was that this was done outside of the public’s knowledge, and that Kay Bailey Hutchison is the original author of the bill’s language, and pushed this for the Bush admin.

John and Ken mentioned that the media isn’t covering this, and they gave kudos to Michelle Malkin (and site) for being one of the few who did.

They asked that people call the senator’s offices.

Entelechy on December 19, 2007 at 9:54 PM

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of exas sold her constiuents down the Rio Grande. When she ran for reelection she was tough on the border fence and immigration, now she has sold us a single layer joke, to kiss ass to big business that wants cheap Mexican labor. This is what you get for beleieving in empty Texas republican lies. Will you still vote for Kay Bailey next time around just becuase she is the republican candidate? What does a party affiliation mean to these treacherous lying turncoats?
Texans shold be real proud of both Coryn and Hutchinson, we bent over, and they stuck their boots right up our wazoos.

paulsur on December 19, 2007 at 9:55 PM

Can someone remind me why we’re all not 100% behind Hunter for the nomination?

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Because he tried running on a broad-spectrum conservative platform, elements of which would appeal to most of the major constituencies in the conservative movement, but unfortunately the coalition is fractured and there doesn’t seem to be much interest in compromise at this point.

That’s my take anyway.

FloatingRock on December 19, 2007 at 10:05 PM

If any thing it proves the point that many said in the comprehensive immigration bill debate that any provisions that were considered good by the anti-amnesty crowd would be modified out later leaving only the open borders portion.

All you have to do is look at what happened here and it just verifies what some were saying back then.

CommentGuy on December 19, 2007 at 10:15 PM

Can someone remind me why we’re all not 100% behind Hunter for the nomination?

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 9:02 PM

Piercing question. By the way, the other candidate who was laser-focused on illegal immigration — Tom Tancredo — withdrew from the race today.

Funny, on his talk radio show today, “conservative”(sic) talk radio host Michael Medved gave at least one pointed dig at Tancredo when mentioning his withdrawal from the race. Medved has done this regularly on his show (thrown poison darts at Tancredo).

Medved would seem to be on the same email distribution lists that Senator Hutchison is on. The RINOs all seem to focus on the Republicans who mean business on immigration — and to know when to shoot them down.

sanantonian on December 19, 2007 at 10:40 PM

One would think that building a physical barrier on the border would be a no-brainer (especially at this point). What is so difficult about getting up a barrier? Should have been built yesterday.

The only debate should be in how much electric charge, how much barbwire, how many feet between deterrent signs, etc…

nottakingsides on December 19, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Well I guess they called my bluff. During Shamnesty I told em how I felt, and received letters from both saying they were in lock step with me. Now the security we asked for is in the dumpster.

Ok Texans, who wants to step up to the plate? I’m all ears.

It is so laughable that the politicians think this is one of those issues that is just going to go away. We will forget all about it. I’ve got Clintonista neighbors who want the fence as much as I do.

Limerick on December 19, 2007 at 10:41 PM

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson of exas sold her constiuents down the Rio Grande. When she ran for reelection she was

tough on the border fence and immigration, now she has sold us a single layer joke, to kiss ass to big business that wants cheap Mexican labor. This is what you get for beleieving in empty Texas republican lies. Will you still vote for Kay Bailey next time around just becuase she is the republican candidate? What does a party affiliation mean to these treacherous lying turncoats?
Texans shold be real proud of both Coryn and Hutchinson, we bent over, and they stuck their boots right up our wazoos.

paulsur on December 19, 2007 at 9:55 PM

They are both cut from the same mold as our RINO governor, Perry. They hearken to the James Bakers, the George Bushes, and the Vicente Foxes — and NOT to voters like you and I.

Senator Cornyn: Now hear this — I hereby declare you an empty suit. You are done.

sanantonian on December 19, 2007 at 10:44 PM

Cuz we know he just can’t win. He’s got the goods, he just doesn’t have the backing or the national clout & name.

God that’s lame. You can’t get elected President if you don’t have a name? Instead we’re treated to Huck, Rudy, Mitt, McCain and ROOOONNNNNNNNN PAAAUAUUUUUUULLLL and his freakin’ BLIMP.

I’m all sorts of pissed off. Hey, if we want someone with a NAME, let’s get PARIS HILTON. Or PEREZ HILTON (more of a web presence than Matt Drudge, don’tcha know?). What about Tela Tequila?

We’re so busy fretting about electibility we’ve forgotten about core party values. As a result we’re floating some marginal conservatives (and one pro-life Christian Socialist) for President.

As for Hunter’s debate presence– if you’ve noticed, Mitt, Rudy, McCain and Thompson get all the good questions and time to respond. Hunter gets “What are you going to do about Gays in the Military or China?” EVERY DEBATE.

And seriously, what can you possibly do with 90-120 seconds of response time in a 12 man debate?

But hey, it’s the media age, and we need someone with a NAME. Mitt’s got a name. So does Rudy. Regardless that Hunter is an ex-Ranger who’s been solid on immigration, tax reform, defense appropriations, foreign policy, and can throw bones to religious conservatives as well?

Sure, we can get HA behind him and boost his polling numbers a quarter of a percent. But we’re deluding ourselves if we ignore core conservatism for name recognition. Bush had a name, and look where it’s got us.

Did you know how people got Name Recognition in the past from the general public?

THEY HAD A FREAKIN’ NOMINATING CONVENTION!

Put forth the candidate and get out the issues. Don’t settle for someone you think has current “electibility”. That sort of talk is lazy, cop-out garbage.

/rant

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 10:51 PM

Medved would seem to be on the same email distribution lists that Senator Hutchison is on. The RINOs all seem to focus on the Republicans who mean business on immigration — and to know when to shoot them down.

There are basically two types of Republicans – those who mean business against illegal immigration, and those who mean illegal immigration for business.

CliffHanger on December 19, 2007 at 10:59 PM

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 10:51 PM

Stop making sense. Believe me, no one’s listening.

CliffHanger on December 19, 2007 at 11:03 PM

Nethicus, the media decides who is the front runners, not us. Whoever they give the most camera time and name mentions to is who leads the pack. Hence Bob Dole and John McCain. The voters ultimately decide, hence Bush, but the media steers us the way THEY want us to go.

I agree with ya there Neth … Hunter and Tancredo are the best of the line up, if either were state govenors, they’d have a chance.

Tony737 on December 19, 2007 at 11:03 PM

Medved would seem to be on the same email distribution lists that Senator Hutchison is on. The RINOs all seem to focus on the Republicans who mean business on immigration — and to know when to shoot them down.

sanantonian on December 19, 2007 at 10:40 PM

I stopped listening to Medved after hearing his nasty personal attacks on Tancredo and Dobbs and whomever else supports border security.

infidel4life on December 19, 2007 at 11:05 PM

those who mean business against illegal immigration, and those who mean illegal immigration for business – Cliff

I hereby nominate this for the “Best Comment of The Day” award.

Tony737 on December 19, 2007 at 11:05 PM

again, we have to elect a new congress and admin to dump this bill and write a new intelligent, applicable bill that will provide security!

Dump 30% of congress

allrsn on December 19, 2007 at 11:06 PM

Well I guess they called my bluff. During Shamnesty I told em how I felt, and received letters from both saying they

were in lock step with me. Now the security we asked for is in the dumpster.

Ok Texans, who wants to step up to the plate? I’m all ears.

It is so laughable that the politicians think this is one of those issues that is just going to go away. We will forget all about it. I’ve got Clintonista neighbors who want the fence as much as I do.

Limerick on December 19, 2007 at 10:41 PM

I’m with you: Never forget their velvet-tongued lies and their midnight voting perfidy

sanantonian on December 19, 2007 at 11:16 PM

Tony737 on December 19, 2007 at 11:05 PM

Thank you friend… it’s all I got.

G’nite!

CliffHanger on December 19, 2007 at 11:22 PM

I love the guy and I was hoping he would do beeter for POTUS, but at this point I see he was just delusional, just like most of us here. I’m starting to wake up.

urbancenturion on December 19, 2007 at 11:55 PM

Shame he won’t win the Primary.

Tim Burton on December 20, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Duncan Hunter has my vote for the primary.

Tori on December 20, 2007 at 12:55 AM

Congress is full of traitors, thieves and liars! Every single stinking Democrat and over half the Republicans should be voted out!! They should lose their pensions, property and all investments! They should not be allowed to take a single dollar with them they have stolen while in office! The only job they should ever be allowed to do is trash collector or used car sales! They are traitors!

JellyToast on December 20, 2007 at 7:53 AM

There are basically two types of Republicans – those who mean business against illegal immigration, and those who mean illegal immigration for business.

CliffHanger on December 19, 2007 at 10:59 PM

I’m a bit late, but I second Tony’s nomination (thanks for covering for me, Tony).

steveegg on December 20, 2007 at 8:14 AM

How can Hunter describe himself as “a leader on the fence” and then let this happen?

Answer: He’s as full of crap as anyone in Congress.

They all say one thing and do another. ALL OF THEM !!!

jake-the-goose on December 20, 2007 at 8:36 AM

Just put voter registration stations in Mexico and get it over with.

petefrt on December 20, 2007 at 9:02 AM

Put forth the candidate and get out the issues. Don’t settle for someone you think has current “electibility”. That sort of talk is lazy, cop-out garbage.

/rant

Nethicus on December 19, 2007 at 10:51 PM

Righteous rant. But take a mosey around the blogs and all you’ll see are lazy cop-outs. “He’s just not electable…no one knows who he is…” Meh

Nevermind that the blogs themselves could’ve changed that – blogs (with talk radio) could’ve put a Real Conservative in place if they had put their collective will to it (like defeating Shamnesty). But no – with few exceptions, they were too busy trying to out-snark each other by making fun of Tancredo and Hunter. Too cool, right?

How can Hunter describe himself as “a leader on the fence” and then let this happen?

Answer: He’s as full of crap as anyone in Congress.

They all say one thing and do another. ALL OF THEM !!!

jake-the-goose on December 20, 2007 at 8:36 AM

WTF are you talking about? Now it’s Hunter’s fault that his own bill was gutted?? FYI, that was Hunter’s legislation that he muscled through Congress – that Hutchison and Cornyn and the rest of ‘em sold out. Hunter did every human thing possible to save it – it was HIS bill, fer pete’s sake!!

Redhead Infidel on December 20, 2007 at 9:25 AM

Thompson/Hunter… please.

MT on December 20, 2007 at 9:49 AM

Cornyn and Hutchinson do not care about their constituents. I don’t know who’s lining their pockets but obviously that is more important to them than what we the people want. I did not vote for Hutchinson last time around because I knew what she was…I did not vote for the Democrat either, I just left that section blank. She still won but now I’m thinking in the future that at least if I vote for a Dem I can see the knife coming.

b4itsover on December 20, 2007 at 10:13 AM

Seems the phrase “Of the People, By the People, For the People” from the Gettysburg Address. It’s now “Of the Corporation, By the Corporation, For the Corporation.” The people are now irrelavant. They (congress…) no longer fear losing their jobs as there are far too many people that vote blindly.

(You can substitute “special interests” in place of “Corporation” if you like).

sadatoni on December 20, 2007 at 11:03 AM

How can Hunter describe himself as “a leader on the fence” and then let this happen?

Answer: He’s as full of crap as anyone in Congress.

They all say one thing and do another. ALL OF THEM !!!

jake-the-goose on December 20, 2007 at 8:36 AM

DUDE! Hunter can only do so much. He got sold out, plain and simple. He is of the few consistant Rep’s on illegal aliens and border security. To lump him in with the other POS’ there is totally unfair. Until one of the POS’ has a family member hurt by an illegal alien it will be an up hill fight.

Have you called your Congressperson & Senator? I know I have. We must maintain the pressure! If you haven’t, quit your bitching until you do. Program your cell with their DC office number and call them next time your waiting in the Starbucks line. Or sign up with NumbersUSA and they will email you when this kind of crap happens so you can email, fax & call ASAP. No excuses.

http://www.numbersusa.com/congressinfo

VikingGoneWild on December 20, 2007 at 11:16 AM

Geeez I wish this country would wake up. Our congress is owned, lock-stock-and barrel, by the multinational corporations. Norman Rockwell’s America is not only dead but its corps is being raped as we watch and congress cheers.

There’s not one of these jay-bird presidential contenders not itching to get onto the multinational payroll and into their good graces. That’s where power lies.

It’s going to take more than voting to get this country cleaned up.

Ernest on December 20, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Duncan Hunter would make an excellent Republican candidate for President.

MarkB on December 20, 2007 at 3:15 PM

Anyone see “I Am Legend”? Spoiler Alert:

Remember the wall around the town in Vermont? Build one of those at the border.

Frozen Tex on December 19, 2007 at 8:53 PM

A wall around a Vermont town?! I’m from Vermont (now in New Jersey). PLEASE! Build a wall around the whole state! Try to keep the contamination inside that silly f*cking state! Let them eat their cows and worship Ben & Jerry like the fruitcake liberal moonbats they all are!

thejackal on December 20, 2007 at 5:34 PM