Wall Street Journal  Edit Page Leads GOP To Amnesty Debacle

Recently Richard Gephardt did exactly what I
predicted he`d do a year ago—he formally introduced
legislation calling and raising Bush`s bid to give
amnesty to just Mexican illegal aliens. The House
Minority Leader wants to extend amnesty to illegals of
all nations.

Gephardt`s absolutely predictable ploy has led the
Wall Street Journal
editorial board to lament (in "The
GOP`s Immigration Fumble: Gephardt Steals an Issue
"),

 “… if Mr. Gephardt is
successful the Democrats will have politically
outmaneuvered the GOP on an issue that could hurt
Republicans in November."

Indeed.

As you`ll recall, last summer, in the hopes of
attracting the

absolutely crucial
Mexican-American vote (which in
2000 constituted an enormous 1.1% of all total votes
cast in the 48 states other than the already locked-up
states of California and Texas), Bush offered amnesty to
millions of Mexican illegal aliens.

As I

wrote
a year ago,

"In the Uncle Remus
version of the story, Br`er Fox and Br`er Bush would be
implored by poor old Br`er Daschle and Br`er Gephardt to
"Please don`t throw us in the amnesty patch! No, not the
amnesty patch!"

The only argument in favor of discriminating against
non-Mexican illegals in granting amnesty was:
"Support the Bush Plan—It`s Only
Half as Disastrous
as the Counter Offer the
Democrats` Are Sure to Make! "

This was a completely

foreseeable
political debacle for Bush-Rove and the
WSJ. Of course, the WSJ can`t figure out
any response to that charge (there is none). So in their
editorial they just go off on a

red herring tangent about 245(i).

WSJ editorials are written by smart people who
like to win arguments. On a personal level, they must be
getting tired of making themselves into laughingstocks
by trying to come up with reasons defending their
traditional

"There shall be open borders"
dogma. It must be
personally humiliating to them to constantly get

thrashed in argument
by the likes of little old
VDARE.com.

You folks at the WSJ—there`s an easy solution
for your frustration. Just stop trying to defend the
indefensible.

The good news for the GOP is that Gephardt`s bill
gives them a surefire election-winning strategy for
November. We`ll put it in caps to help them get the
message:


PUBLICLY DUMP BUSH`S AMNESTY
PLAN AND MAKE ATTACKS ON GEPHARDT`S ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT
AMNESTY PLAN INTO THE CENTRAL ISSUE OF THE MID-TERM
ELECTIONS.

Is that clear?

Of course, the GOP would no doubt prefer to lose the
House genteelly than to do anything that the

public likes
but that the respectable opinion
(which includes the Wall Street Journal Edit
Pagers) would tsk-tsk over.


[Steve Sailer [email
him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and


movie critic
for


The American Conservative
.
His website


www.iSteve.blogspot.com
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blog.]

August 05, 2002