Jon Kyl: Er, Obama didn’t exactly say that he won’t secure the border unless we pass amnesty

posted at 5:39 pm on June 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Terrific. If people are taking what he said “out of context,” how come Kyl didn’t mention that when he challenged the White House for denying what Obama told him?

Kyl adds that President Obama is still “not doing enough” to secure the borders. Kyl, of course, had a small spat with the White House last week over comments he made at a town-hall meeting. Kyl, responding to a voter’s question, detailed a recent one-on-one conversation he had with the president. “They are holding [border security] hostage” over hopes for comprehensive immigration reform, Kyl said at the forum.

Kyl tells us that the comments were “taken a bit out of context,” and that the “they” he was referring to was the Left, “the president’s base,” and not the administration. “I did not try to start a fight. This meeting happened a month ago and we were talking in the context of his political problems. He was talking about how they think that if we secure the border, you guys [Republicans] won’t have the incentive to work on comprehensive immigration reform.”

I went back and re-watched the clip (skip ahead to 3:20 or so) and, yeah, it’s a bit more ambiguous on second view — but only a bit. The thrust of his point, that Obama’s extremely reluctant to enforce the border until he can appease Latinos and the left with an amnesty deal, stands as is. The difference is that Kyl’s now casting him as a sort of prisoner of his base, as if The One really wants to crack down on illegal immigration but just can’t get those darned progressives far enough off his back to do so. Whether that’s an honest description of how Obama feels (giggle) or merely Kyl trying to heal a rift with the White House after the fact by offering a little spin on The One’s behalf, I leave for you to judge.

In other Kyl news, America’s dumbest Democratic county supervisor got a letter this morning from the senator gently correcting her on a point of geography. The boss emeritus published it earlier — but inexplicably left out the map that Kyl attached. No joke: According to his office, they actually sent this to Peggy West. Comedy gold.


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If the citizens of Arizona wonder why their state is overrun by invaders from the South, then they need to look into the mirror. When you elect Napolitano as governor and McCain and Kyl as senators, why the hell could anyone above a single digit IQ expect otherwise. In life you usually get what your actions deserve. Without Jan Brewer, you will stay at rock bottom until your existence as a state becomes irrelevant. She is your only hope because your senators stopped representing your best interests years ago.

volsense on June 26, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Skywise, if you really are “skywise”, which I doubt, you’re also pretty “Earth-stupid.”

You want to run one of the best deputies outta Dodge because he threw peanut shells on Miss Kitty’s floor while discussing what to do about the gang of thugs that have robbed the bank but refused to leave town. After plundering the assets of the local citizenry, they have called the loans, devalued the currency, manipulated the press and are now importing replacement workers to run the businesses they’ve taken away from their rightful owners. Yet you worry about what Miss Kitty might think about the shells on her floor.

Conservatives like you is why we will get stuck with a SC justice like Elia Kagan, because you find it easier to support people who say nothing than people who lead us with conservative values but occasionally get their tenses wrong, or their adverbs misplaced.

John Kyl doesn’t cost Republicans credibility nearly as much as Repubs like you do.

A man who leads in the fight to uphold the law should be supported by all those who respect the law. Your criticism speaks very loudly.

rwenger43 on June 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM

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