John McCain: The Geraldo Rivera Republican

After spearheading a disastrous, security-undermining
illegal alien amnesty bill last year with

Teddy Kennedy
, "straight-talking" GOP Sen.

John McCain
claims he has seen the light. In TV
appearances, he vows to put immigration enforcement
first. On the campaign trail, he offers a perfunctory
promise to strengthen border security and emphasizes the
need to restore Americans` trust in their government`s
ability to defend the homeland.

"I got the message," he told voters in South

"We will secure the borders first."

But how can McCain cure citizens` distrust when his
own credibility on the issue remains fatally damaged? He
doesn`t believe his own election-year spin. And he knows
we know it. This is cynicism on

with a speedball chaser.

Not all of us have forgotten how the short-fused
Arizona senator cursed good-faith opponents in his own
party ("F**k you!" and "Chickensh*t" were

choice words
he had for Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn
during a spat over enforcement provisions). Not all of
us have forgotten that he voted against

barring felons from receiving amnesty benefits
his plan. Not all of us have forgotten the


debate-sabotaging manner
in which
McCain/Kennedy/Lindsey Graham/Harry Reid conspired to
ram their package down voters` throats.

His admission of the shamnesty failure is grudging
and bitter. While he now tells conservative voters what
they want to hear about

the need to build the southern border fence
, he
takes a contemptuous tone toward physical barriers when
talking to businessmen. "By the way, I think the
fence is least effective,"
he told executives in
Milwaukee, according to a recent Vanity Fair
profile. [Prisoner
of Conscience,
February 2007]"But I`ll
build the goddamned fence
if they want it."

Straight talk? Try

hate talk.

For all his supposed newfound enlightenment about
what most Americans want—protection against invasion,
commitment to the rule of law, meaningful employer
sanctions, an end to sanctuary cities,
enforcement-by-attrition plus deportation reform, and an
end to special illegal alien benefits that invite more
law-breaking—The Maverick remains a

Geraldo Rivera
Republican. Like the ethnocentric
cable TV host who can`t string a sentence about
immigration together without

drowning in demagoguery
, McCain naturally resorts to
open-borders platitudes when pressed for enforcement

Instead of emphasizing the need for local and state
cooperation with federal immigration authorities to
prevent the release of illegal alien criminals or
discussing 100 percent preventable crimes by illegal
alien thugs who should never have been on American soil
in the first place, McCain harps on open-borders sob
stories. Several times

over the past year,
in response to

citizen questioners
who have expressed frustration
with the lack of accountability for immigration
law-breakers, McCain has responded: "I am not going
to call up a

and tell him I am deporting his mother. …
I`m not going to do it. You can do it." [McCain
Cheered – and Jeered – in Michigan – From The Road

CBS News, January 12, 2008]

But what if that mother

had stolen an American citizen`s Social Security number
to work here illegally? What if she had been
previously deported, re-entered illegally, and had been
convicted of previous crimes? What if she were part of a
human smuggling ring? What if she had been

in a sensitive area—airport
, a

military base
, a

? Would he still refuse to abide by his
constitutional obligation to provide for the common
defense and secure the blessings of liberty for
law-abiding Americans?

If McCain refuses to enforce immigration law against
illegal alien parents of soldiers, what about

illegal alien soldiers
who used stolen or fake
identification to

get into the military?
And why only illegal alien
parents of soldiers? Why not illegal alien parents of
police officers, teachers, doctors and store owners?
McCain`s selective enforcement policy is the exact
recipe for immigration anarchy that we have today.

The hothead has succeeded in intimidating voters and
eluding tough questions from the press by playing his
rhetorical violin. There is a reason so many liberals in
the media and the Democratic Party want John McCain to
be the GOP presidential nominee. He gives them cover to
continue smearing grassroots conservatives.

In Michigan, the illegal alien parent-of-a-soldier

was met with boos.
McCain`s cheerleaders at

The New York Times
and other press outlets attempted
to depict the detractors
as insensitive and racist
boors—just as they did during last year`s

ill-fated shamnesty campaign.

McCain has learned nothing. What about us?



Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

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Exposing Liberals Gone Wild.