Reid hints: Immigration is going nowhere this year

posted at 9:56 pm on April 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

You knew it, I knew it, Grahamnesty knew it, even the Democrats knew it. Teeny problem for the Dems, though: They’ve been going around saying the opposite, which now leaves them in a predicament vis-a-vis Latino voters. Having raised expectations, how do they break the news that comprehensive immigration reform is DOA?

Gently, my friends, gently.

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) backed away from a major push on immigration reform, conceding that the issue may be too volatile for an election year agenda already packed with ambitious legislative plans…

“We have a lot of work to do,” Reid said. “We won’t get to immigration reform this work period. We won’t get to the Supreme Court justice this weekend. We have lots of things to do and I’ve spent most of the caucus today [discussing with my members] the things we have to do and how we’re going to do them.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the leading Republican negotiator over immigration reform, also said emphatically Tuesday that Congress won’t be able to pass a comprehensive bill this year.

“Immigration is going nowhere this year,” the South Carolina Republican said Tuesday.

Indeed. When even Steny Hoyer’s admitting that tea party energy is driving vulnerable Dems into retirement, you can cross amnesty off the to-do list for purple-district Democrats. As for Reid, it’s no secret why he’d been crowing about it until today: If Nevada’s huge Latino minority stays home in November, his odds drop from slim to none. Presumably he’ll plead that the Senate’s calendar is simply too full from now to then and that immigration will be their tippy top priority next year, when being majority leader will be someone else’s problem. One thing I don’t understand, though: If, as Reid insists, he has 56 votes for a bill (including Graham’s, natch), then why not take Kos’s advice and put something up for a vote? If it passes, great — Reid gets a huge win and a reelection boost. If it fails, great — Reid gets to say that he tried and the evil “nativist” GOP thwarted him again. The only way it backfires is if there are significant defections among centrist Dems, which I’m guessing he thinks there will be or else he’d pull the trigger on this. Looks like the Blue Dogs are good for something after all.

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macncheez on April 14, 2010 at 2:37 AM

I’m all for every aspect of what you said. The problem is , you and Fred are out of your f***ing minds because REALITY dictates that it won’t happen. You guys are living in the land of Oz . I propose a middle way between Shamnesty and your plan(which will never happen!) and you take a dump on it.Did you guys notice what party is in power?!! Talk to me after November.

ntmaloney on April 14, 2010 at 2:54 AM

When, oh, when, are these “Latinos” going to understand that illegal immigration is about law and order (our U.S. Constitution, the credibility of our nation), it’s not about “being Latino” or not.

‘They’ really need to get present on this issue. The Democrats just fan the flames of ethnic differences and and racial and ethnic supremacy (continuing to emphasize “illegal immigration” is synonymous with “Latino” and vice- versa) and are not there to assist “Latinos” in any way. It’s a political tool, all that emotional agitation.

Lourdes on April 14, 2010 at 4:56 AM

Lindsey wept. McCain said to be inconsolable.

MB4 on April 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I was just reading on another site that Reid claims he’s “three votes short” of passing amnesty.

Reid’s desperate.

Lourdes on April 14, 2010 at 4:58 AM

why not — Just stealing the jobs Americans used to have has such a nice campaign jingle rhythm to it, don’t you think?

Why with 20% unemployment, sure we have plenty of room for 10s of millions of new welfare recipients, errrr, ahhh, ummm, I mean Democrat voters. What’s the difference when you are building yourself a permanent underclass.

tarpon on April 14, 2010 at 7:24 AM

The Dems need all of these new voters so they can get to stay in power…..there’s got to lots and lots of bribery and arm-twisting going on behind the scenes.

yoda on April 14, 2010 at 7:32 AM

Reid’s desperate.

Lourdes on April 14, 2010 at 4:58 AM

What for ?
In fact Mrs Reid should be desperate, she is the one who will get regular beatings when the dingy harry is unemployed !!

macncheez on April 14, 2010 at 7:41 AM

I don’t see the big deal here.

Amnesty my not happen this year officially. But amnesty happened unofficially long ago. Illegals get all the benefits of citizenship already…free education, free health care via ER, drivers licence, mortgages, in-state college tuition, The list goes on and on. And illegals can and do vote in elections since any time a law is written to verify citizenship, an ACLU judge strikes the law down.

And on top of all that they don’t have to pay any taxes, which begs the question why would any illegal want amnesty? All it does is make him eligible to pay taxes.

Amnesty will be a signing ceremony and photo/op for the politicians. Won’t change much in the real world.

angryed on April 14, 2010 at 7:42 AM

Just once, I’d love to hear about a bill that penalizes companies that hire illegal workers regardless of profession, denies free health care to them because we need to call the Mexican/honduran/Guatemalan/et al govt to authorize treatment AND PAYMENT for said procedures, and calls the Federales to authorize tuition reimbursements for the education and feeding of their citizens.

Just once. Have the front desk at the hospital call the mexican/guatemalan/honduran govt consulate to authorize payment or we amberlamps them down to the border for care in their own country.

Just once, have a secretary call the consulate to authorize payment for the educational costs incurred by tax paying American citizens.

The border would be flooded with people….waiting to cross in the other direction.

yes there are jobs americans weren’t going to do, but no longer. When a family can feed itself, that guy is going to look for whatever he can get, but he can’t get that job now because an illegal alien is taking it up….illegally.

Imagine that.

JP1986UM on April 14, 2010 at 8:07 AM

The only way it backfires is if there are significant defections among centrist Dems, which I’m guessing he thinks there will be or else he’d pull the trigger on this. Looks like the Blue Dogs are good for something after all.

The Blue Dogs already have jumped off the bridge for Harry and Nancy, but some are still hoping they can survive the water landing in November. But the immigration bill is basically Reid asking them to strap a jet engine to their back and point it straight down for the next six months, just to make sure the water landing is as hard as possible. Ain’t happening.

jon1979 on April 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM

So I’m supposed to ‘trust’ the government on amnesty. The same government that told me LAST TIME that there would be NO MORE AMNESTY.

I got that right?

GarandFan on April 14, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Let’s not forget that we have an alarming number of illegals made up of those who overstayed their visas. Too many of them are “students” from hostile nations who scatter into the shadows.

onlineanalyst on April 14, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I find your lack of faith in the Obama machine disturbing…

*force chokes*

Yakko77 on April 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Looks like the Blue Dogs are good for something after all.

Yeah…peeing on the floor everytime their kook base screams at them.

Bad Dog!!

Tim_CA on April 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Ed the majority of the population of Latinos in Nevada are Illegal Aliens, check they have further research from the Census Bureau and Pew Hispanic center. There are not enough voters to make a difference. If amnesty passes, then yes sir they’ll be voters.

Humphrey007 on April 14, 2010 at 5:22 PM