The most annoying thing about this is the strain of self-congratulation to it. He’s trying so hard to make it work, you see. He’s doing what’s right, the opinions of his benighted constituents to the contrary notwithstanding. And yet some people, oblivious to his sacrifice and great good deeds on behalf of Democrats and Mexicans, insist on more. He’s only got eight pints of blood to give, you know.
Must be hard to read the bill with your hands nailed to the cross like that.
The Obama tantrum wasn’t his only golden moment yesterday. Immigration demagoguery is SOP for this guy, most famously when he got up in front of La Raza and vowed to “tell the bigots to shut up” by cramming a fat amnesty pill down their cakehole. Now he’s taken to hinting, in vintage leftist fashion, that it’s not hard choices between competing values that lead conservatives to vote as they do, it’s just their basic, old-fashioned inhumanity to man:
Supporters of the legislation have also accused their foes of being callous in their push to deny residency to illegal immigrants. “If you want to be the person who keeps families apart, bring this bill down,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and another of its architects, said Wednesday on the floor.
Opponents of the measure say that while such criticism, particularly coming from fellow Republicans, can sting, it will not deter them.
“It is not helpful, and I don’t think it reflects where a lot of people are,” said Mr. Thune, who noted his grandfather came to the United States from Scandinavia. “We have an appreciation that we are a welcoming country, but coupled with the fact that we are a nation of laws and have to respect those laws.”
Exit question: He’s up for reelection next year. If the bill passes, will there be enough bitterness in South Carolina 18 months from now to knock him out or will he be safely far enough removed from it that it won’t be an issue?
Update (bp): Here’s video of Graham’s hissy fit, followed by Obama’s reaction. Try not to laugh out loud when Graham pumps his arms like a six-year-old demanding to be taken to Chuck E. Cheese.