McCain: I want to name America’s new immigration reform law after Ted Kennedy

posted at 2:41 pm on March 28, 2014 by Allahpundit

A bon mot from his speech last night to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, preserved for posterity on Twitter by Benny Johnson of BuzzFeed. It’s a testament to Maverick’s eagerness to pander to his audience that he’d say something like this, knowing that House Republicans are already nervous about how amnesty will be received by conservative voters. In fact, a right-wing friend mine of who works in politics saw Johnson’s tweet and assumed McCain must have been joking. Surely, with immigration reform already imperiled by righty opposition, a GOPer already loathed by tea partiers wouldn’t offer up the effort as a prayer to Teddy’s memory. Would he?

The “Ted Kennedy Immigration Reform Act of 2014″ has a nice, turnout-producing ring to it, don’t you think?

He was most definitely serious, says Johnson, although I could have told you that even without having been there. After all, for whatever strange reason, McCain has felt compelled to praise Kennedy before when trying to sell the Gang of Eight bill. January 28, 2013:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hailed the late Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy on Monday as a bipartisan group of senators laid out new principles for comprehensive immigration reform — perhaps handing opponents a weapon.

Kennedy and McCain led the effort for broad-based immigration reform that failed nearly six years ago, and McCain said this new push was nearly the same.

“If we do succeed, and I think we will, it will be a testimonial to Ted Kennedy’s effort years ago that laid the groundwork for this agreement,” McCain said. “You will find that this agreement has very little difference from that of the legislation that was led by Sen. Kennedy some years go.”

He was right about that last part, at least. I guess McCain thought at the time it was his job to reassure the left that the dastardly Republicans who were part of the Gang of Eight wouldn’t try to gut the bill’s legalization provisions, but Chuck Schumer’s membership in the group would have been reassurance enough for them. Besides, from the very beginning it’s been clear that Democrats, not Republicans, would provide most of the support in Congress for the bill. Either McCain totally misjudged which voting bloc needed pandering to or he’s so contemptuous of conservatives that he found it more important to taunt them with a Kennedy reference than to try to win them over by deep-sixing rhetoric like that. Imagine: This is the guy whose political acumen we were trusting to stop the Hopenchange juggernaut in its tracks in 2008.

Well, no harm done. Obama’s going to solve Congress’s problem for them sooner or later. Probably sooner.


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NO!

31giddyup on March 28, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Just build the damn fence….

d1carter on March 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I need to start a Twitter feed named ShutUpJohnMcCain.

Warner Todd Huston on March 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

McCain
The Insane

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Maverick Weasel.

DamnCat on March 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

About damn time. Now we can kick McCain out of the GOP.

nobar on March 28, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I think America will get amnesty for illegals by Hussein’s fatwa , within the next 2 months.
Even the Pope seems to be for it.

burrata on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

All who are for amnesty are traitors to the land and her children.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Arizona! You know what to do.

d1carter on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

So the Chappaquiddick Immigration Reform Act?

bossmanham on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Getting Republicans elected and in control of Congress will sure change things won’t it?

sharrukin on March 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Billionaires of AZ funded this creep the last time. I can give you the times/days when they met, and where.

Good people of AZ, do the right thing, for once.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

What Immigration Law would that be John??

ToddPA on March 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Be awake and aware, and throw every one of the traitors out in Nov. That includes all the usual R weasels.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Just build the damn fence….

d1carter on March 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Exactly. They should run some of his old campaign commercials. Now he wants to run for another term!

Kaffa on March 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I will be pulling for McCain’s primary opponent in 2016. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care if it’s the retarded love child of Todd Akin and Christine O’Donnell.

Mark1971 on March 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Come on chap, quit it.

Flange on March 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Biden: ‘11 Million Undocumented Aliens Are Already Americans in My View’

Eleven million people living in the shadows I believed are already American citizens,” Biden said. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”

V7_Sport on March 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Doddering old fool.

JohnnyL on March 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Traitors

Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will be among 28 House members attending a $5,000-a-head event hosted by The Republican Main Street Partnership’s advocacy group, Red State reported. Donations will reportedly go to the anti-tea party super PAC Defending Main Street, which by February had received most of its funding from labor unions.

http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/28/boehner-to-attend-ritz-carlton-event-for-anti-tea-party-group/

burrata on March 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Good. Grief.

Even though I voted for this guy in ’08, it was mostly as an anti-O’Butthead vote. But each passing year shows just what an opportunistic jerk he is.

MisterElephant on March 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Ted Kennedy is already the author of our current broken immigration system which promotes bringing more unskilled workers here with no guarantee of support.

And he probably has his suite in Hell already named for him, too.

At some point, Cindy and Meghan need to take John gently by the hand and escort him to a nice place with a pleasant view and kind attendants to live out his days where he cannot harm himself or others.

Adjoran on March 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Please John, go home. Retire for the sake of all that is decent and good.

FireBlogger on March 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Geez, naming stuff after demoncrat reprobates, McLame? Just name it after all of them- this could take a while.

Royal Fizzbin on March 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Where’s MJBrutus to tell us how important it is for the GOP to take back the Senate? What good will it do with GOPers like this fool on the team?

Bitter Clinger on March 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

John, you’ve done enough….

…no, REALLY.

Please retire: take my Healthcare, take my future earnings…just take it and retire…If anyone in Wonderland deserves it, it’s you.

BlaxPac on March 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Old man panders at clouds.

rbj on March 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Will no one rid me of this troublesome RINO?

djl130 on March 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Arizona do us a favor: do not re-elect this man in 2016.

He has done his duty for God and country but it is time for him to retire with what remaining dignity he has left.

Major facepalm!

islandman78 on March 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

McCain is just one of a large number of politicians who found at the time they first wanted to win election, that only a Republican seat was open to them, or only Republican money available.

They share few, if any ideals with conservatives, but are Republicans of Convenience. Its simply how they get elected, and they have just enough wit to OUTwit the fools who vote for them.

Every 6 years or so, talk that down-and-dirty Conservative jive, and the little people vote for you forever.

And their Not-Quite-As-Progressive Party fellow travelers, hacks and sadsacks will insist that the “R” brand makes alllll the difference.

Cuz it will be SO much worse if the Slightly-More-Progressive Party wins.

Pless1foEngrish on March 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

And Breitbart is dead.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

“Eleven million people living in the shadows I believed are already American citizens,” Biden said. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”

Contribute, eh Biden?

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

reaganaut on March 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

The Ted Kennedy Bridge to Citizenship Act 2014

ooonaughtykitty on March 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

[ Rep. Luis Gutiérrez ] says President Barack Obama should invite previously deported people back into the United States, where they can compete for the low-wage jobs now being sought by low-skilled American natives and legal immigrants.

We not only have to stop the needless destruction of families [with current deportations] but need to heal families that have been caught up in the almost two million deportations we have seen in recent years,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez declared March 25, shortly after Obama’s new Homeland Security chief came to his office for a meeting.

In fact, deportations have fallen to historic lows under Obama’s direction.

—–.——–.———-.——–
Obama eyes even less immigration enforcement, seeks to reduce deportation of illegals

President Barack Obama may further reduce the small percentage of illegal immigrants who are sent home each year, say advocates for immigrants and would-be immigrants.

Obama “has charged his Secretary of Homeland Security… to reduce where they can the levels of deportation,” Janet Murguia, president of the major Latino ethnic lobby group, the National Council of la Raza.

“Our hope and expectation is with that [policy change] would come some reduction in the level of deportations,” she told reporters gathered outside the White House Friday evening.

The reduction could be as high as 50 percent, depending on how much Obama is willing to change agency rules…

V7_Sport on March 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Hello!?! McFly! Anybody home?

Flange on March 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Suck it, McCain.

jaime on March 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

why do people keep giving him a pass due to his pow status?

dmacleo on March 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/biden-11-million-undocumented-aliens-are-already-americans-my-view

Biden: ‘11 Million Undocumented Aliens Are Already Americans in My View’

“Eleven million people living in the shadows I believed are already American citizens,” Biden said. “These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to be able to contribute fully, and by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans in my view.”

V7_Sport on March 28, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Disgusting.

Reminds me of when Paul Ryan called illegal aliens “exploited Americans”:

http://twitchy.com/2013/07/11/washington-post-paul-ryan-called-illegal-aliens-exploited-americans/

bluegill on March 28, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Good night, John Boy!

tomshup on March 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

GO TO HELL MEXICO, JUAN.

antipc on March 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Senator Senile has never seen a liberal Democrat that he didn’t want to give a “Monica Lewinsky” to or a conservative he didn’t want to screw.

bw222 on March 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

You have my word to do everything I can to rid AZ of this foolish old man.

I have tremendous personal respect for McCain as a Veteran and civil servant.
But he no longer represents the people who vote for him.
He’s the poster-child for Term Limits.

Don’t Go Away Mad John, JUST GO AWAY!

Pelosi Schmelosi on March 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Mary Jo Kopechne and her unborn child, unavailable for comment.

Pork-Chop on March 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

The “Cover up a Dead Woman in a Black Oldsmobile Act.”
A little too long of a title huh?

O.K., let’s shorten it to…the “Swimmer Scumbag Act”

ToddPA on March 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

McCain “I will never ever ever ever as long as I am breathing stop before immigration reform is passed.”

The sooner McCain stops breathing, the better off our once-great country will be.

bw222 on March 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

LOL. and Damn you NVA.

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

They could call it the Edward M. Kennedy “Bridge to Citizenship” immigration bill.

Yes, I just went there :)

SpudmanWP on March 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

damn, missed it by “that” much

SpudmanWP on March 28, 2014 at 3:08 PM

It is neither unusual nor shocking. A Democrat sycophant worshiping a Kennedy and insulting Republicans and Conservatives [they are two different things] is normal. You do realize that if we have elections in November, and if the Republicans beat the margin of fraud and take the Senate; as usual McCain is near the top of the list of those Republicans who are good bets to change parties to keep the Democrats in power.

Subotai Bahadur on March 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

How bout the
“I downed a bottle of Seagram’s and ran off a bridge Act”

ToddPA on March 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

The sooner McCain stops breathing, the better off our once-great country will be.

bw222 on March 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM

It’s fine and appropriate to wish him retired, you don’t wish someone who spent 5 and a half years in the Hanoi Hilton dead.

V7_Sport on March 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

John McCain is a menace. How about the Ted Kennedy America Destruction Act of 2014?

TarheelBen on March 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

At some point, Cindy and Meghan need to take John gently by the hand and escort him to a nice place with a pleasant view and kind attendants to live out his days where he cannot harm himself or others.

Adjoran on March 28, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Cindy and Meghan are as bat-crap crazy (to borrow a phrase from Ted Cruz) as Senator Senile.

bw222 on March 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Oh and another thing…how does granting amnesty to millions of un-skilled people here ILLEGALLY somehow solve this “income inequality” crapola that idiot in the W House keeps blabbering about?

That’s right it doesn’t.
More BS!

Pelosi Schmelosi on March 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Well, no harm done. Obama’s going to solve Congress’s problem for them sooner or later. Probably sooner.

Remember, the pen is mightier than the sword Congress.

Marcola on March 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Arizona do us a favor: do not re-elect this man in 2016.

He has done his duty for God and country but it is time for him to retire with what remaining dignity he has left.

Major facepalm!

islandman78 on March 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I think Republicans, specially the traitor RINOs
( a k a Democrats within the GOP)
know full well that they will never ever be elected again for their current seats and so they have decided to show their true colors and loyalties. They don’t have to pretend to be patriotic pro-America any more, they have nothing to lose anymore , so,
to hell with America and to hell with American citizens.
Their lifestyles are secure, they have plenty of money coming to sustain their opulent lifestyles.

burrata on March 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

It could also be called the Teddy Kennedy / John McCain permanent Democrat majority law.

RJL on March 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I like The Mary Jo Deportation Act of 2014 better

dforston on March 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

McCain: I want to name America’s new immigration reform law after Ted Kennedy

Did Teddy Kennedy set up an ongoing trust fund to send around hookers and Scotch weekly to McCain?

RJL on March 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

It’s fine and appropriate to wish him retired, you don’t wish someone who spent 5 and a half years in the Hanoi Hilton dead.

V7_Sport on March 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

The damage this man has done to our country in the past 30 years far outweighs any sacrifice he made during Vietnam. He well should have gone to prison in the 1980s for his role in the savings and loan crisis.

bw222 on March 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

McCain: Nose slime…

vnvet on March 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Republican Senators continue to exhibit signs of Stockholm syndrome. Bizarre…

Fallon on March 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

It’s fine and appropriate to wish him retired, you don’t wish someone who spent 5 and a half years in the Hanoi Hilton dead.

V7_Sport on March 28, 2014 at 3:11 PM

“Abortion” seems to be the appropriate word here

burrata on March 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I wish this turd would float out to sea……….

nobama1267 on March 28, 2014 at 3:23 PM

why do people keep giving him a pass due to his pow status?

dmacleo on March 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

I agree. That card has been played too many times, like the race card.

Mirimichi on March 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM

The damage this man has done to our country in the past 30 years far outweighs any sacrifice he made during Vietnam.

bw222 on March 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

^^^^ This ^^^^

From hero to traitor.

antipc on March 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I think America will get amnesty for illegals by Hussein’s fatwa , within the next 2 months.
Even the Pope seems to be for it.

burrata on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Sure. As long as the filthy and downtrodden don’t rub any gold off his doorknobs.

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Wait, I thought we were naming degrading sexual positions after Kennedy….

Free Indeed on March 28, 2014 at 3:28 PM

In the campaign for the 1986 amnesty law, Kennedy predicted that the law would grant citizenship to no more than 1.3 million people. “We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this,” he said.

The above quote is from a 2009 Christian Science Monitor article.
Simpson-Mazzoli passed in 1986 and illegal immigration became the larger problem we face today. Amnesty as a solution was a lie in 1986 and it’s a lie in 2014.

McCain has been in the Senate far too long. Hopefully, Arizona voters will throw him out.

pilsener on March 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

The damage this man has done to our country in the past 30 years far outweighs any sacrifice he made during Vietnam.

bw222 on March 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

The damage Vietnam did to this man has sacrificed our country in the past 30 years.

(Abbreviated. With a slight twist.)

Tsar of Earth on March 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Why not? After all, “dead Ted” has been destroying the Country with his immigration Bills since the 1965 reform.

Hey McLame. . . .what happened to “Build the dang fence”?

De Oppresso Liber on March 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

McCain has felt compelled to praise Kennedy

Well, they both are from the same party.

Grammar Nazi on March 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Is this man senile? No seriously….. no sane, lucid person behaves like this.

kim roy on March 28, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Happily, McCain no longer matters to either side or on any subject. Somehow, I’d like to get that message through to Kelly Ayotte.

MTF on March 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

If naming it after Kennedy sinks it once and for all, I’m for it.

BD57 on March 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Wait, so McCain isn’t awesome anymore?

vlad martel on March 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Well…I suppose it would be unfair if senility should only favor Democrat Reid…

Ricard on March 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

All who are for amnesty are traitors to the land and her children.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Oh dear. You’re going to need an awful lot of gallows. Better get busy son.

MJBrutus on March 28, 2014 at 3:45 PM

All who are for amnesty are traitors to the land and her children.
Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Hell yes they are. Agree 100%!

bluegill on March 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

This guy is a filthy, POS, lying RINO. He virtually groveled for the conservative vote in his 2010 senate race and used Palin to drag him over the finish line. He never criticizes Palin because he needs her to win re-election once again. If she endorses him for another run, then she will forever be persona non grata to me as a conservative.

I also agree with MTF that Kelly Ayotte needs to be replaced as soon as possible. She is nothing more than a McCain mini-me.

KickandSwimMom on March 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I was actually pulling for J.D. Hayworth in 2010. He was dragged through the mud by HotAir posters as not being worthy of replacing McCain. Do those same posters feel the same way now??

KickandSwimMom on March 28, 2014 at 3:52 PM

It’s time for Ol’ Johnny Mac to be set upon an ice berg and put out to sea. Someone in AZ for the love of all that’s holy primary this POS!

Minnfidel on March 28, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Why not name it after Obama and make sure noone in the GOP or even Red State Democrats feel safe to vote for it.

KW64 on March 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

This looney toon needs to go away…

ladyingray on March 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

“Waitress Sandwich” ?!?! McCain is senile.

Bmore on March 28, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Sounds good.

“We will secure the borders henceforth. We will never again bring forward another amnesty bill like this,” – Ted Kennedy 1986

We can call it the:
Breaking Kennedy’s Promise Amnesty Reform.

gekkobear on March 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM

What a fool.

Aren’t we ashamed this suckup was our candidate at one time? Dumb and a whole lot more dumber and crooked to boot. Quite a choice.

avagreen on March 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Ted Kennedy DWI Killer Immigration Reform Act of 2014″

FTFJM

Ward Cleaver on March 28, 2014 at 4:03 PM

McCain
The Insane

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

And John McCain has attained and has created for himself, serenity, and it is only his senility that is keping him alive in his insanity.

RasThavas on March 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Traitors burrata on March 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM

No, really.

Akzed on March 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Kennedy destroyed America’s demographics with his pro 3rd world welfare case immigration act of 1965. Kennedy should have an east LA gang infested housing project named after him.

Whitey Ford on March 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

And McCain is becoming as senile as Dirty Harry

Whitey Ford on March 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

It’s fine and appropriate to wish him retired, you don’t wish someone who spent 5 and a half years in the Hanoi Hilton dead.

V7_Sport

That excuse sailed a long time ago.

xblade on March 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

People who believe getting a Republican majority in both houses are kidding themselves. The Republicans are just as jaded and corrupt (senile in McCain’s case) as the Democrats. The country is screwed.

zoyclem on March 28, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Bring it on Juan McCain-you demented old fool!

redware on March 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Hey, McCain, my friend — a lot of people want to name the next Arizona senator someone else.

rrpjr on March 28, 2014 at 4:28 PM

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