NY Dem Governor Eliot Spitzer tried to appease the open-borders lobby. He outraged law-abiding New Yorkers and failed to feed the pro-illegal immigration beast to its satisfaction. Everyone’s feeling betrayed.
Where are Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer?
Hiding under their desks and keeping far away from Spitzer:
New York’s plan to create three types of driver’s licenses, including one for illegal immigrants, has everyone talkingâ everyone except the state’s Democratic senators, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced over the weekend that he had struck a deal with federal homeland security officials to create a three-tiered state system of licenses. In doing so, New York agreed to adopt Bush administration goals on tighter identification security, but Spitzer stuck to his much-criticized plan to allow illegal immigrants to get licenses.
The license debate, hard-wired to issues like immigration, terrorism and civil liberties, may simply be too radioactive for either a presidential candidate like Clinton or a powerful senator like Schumer.
For years, Clinton and Schumer seemingly couldn’t stop talking about the government’s looming border ID rules.
Now it’s different.
“She’s running for president, and this is a land-mine no matter what you do,” said Doug Muzzio, a professor of politics at Baruch College in New York. “The best strategy for her is to do what she’s doing: keep quiet, because whatever you said, you will tick off constituencies, whether it’s in the primary or the general election.”
For Schumer, the danger is less obvious, but still very real to the third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate.
Also, Spitzer’s popularity among New York voters is sinking fast, lashed to the political dead weight of his license plan.
“Spitzer himself has become toxic,” said Muzzio. “It’s not only the message, it’s the messenger.”
The NYPost editorial board dings Spitzer: He keeps on digging.