Nice job here by Hannity to press him, however gently, on this morning’s kerfuffle. The takeaway: Christie emphasizes that he supports a path to citizenship for people who are here legally — the significance of which I don’t quite grasp. Does that mean guest workers? Legal permanent residents? In any case, it’s not some hot-button element of the amnesty debate. Hannity follows up by asking whether that means no path to citizenship for people who are here illegally. Whereupon Christie hedges: Well, he says, they should go to the back of the line and — if practical — leave the country while waiting to be admitted through legal channels. Which … is pretty much what everyone who’s to the right of the progressive caucus in the House says about amnesty. In fact, here’s the section on comprehensive immigration reform from Obama’s own website:
* Responsibility from the federal government to secure our borders: The Obama administration takes this responsibility very seriously and has dedicated unprecedented resources to securing our borders and reducing the flow of illegal traffic in both directions.
* Responsibility from unscrupulous businesses that break the law: Employers who exploit undocumented workers undermine American workers, and they have to be held accountable.
* Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Undocumented workers who are in good standing must admit that they broke the law, pay taxes and a penalty, learn English, and get right with the law before they can get in line to earn their citizenship.
So, here’s what we’re left with: The guy’s still fantastic on fiscal responsibility, can still drum out a soundbite like nobody’s business, and is still … a little too Giuliani-esque on this issue for many righties to be comfortable with. But as he’s said repeatedly, he’s not running for higher office anytime soon, so file this away for future reference. We’ll revisit it someday, I’m sure. Click the image to watch.