April 12, 2006

Cut and Run Republicans

We've been "Fristed" again in the illegal immigration debate, and this time House leader Dennis Hastert has joined the chorus of cowardice:

House Republicans rushed through legislation just before Christmas that would build hundreds of miles of fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, require that businesses verify the legality of all employees' status through a national database, fortify border patrols, and declare illegal immigrants and those who help them to be felons. After more lenient legislation failed in the Senate last week, the House-passed version burst into the public consciousness this week, as hundreds of thousands of protesters across the country turned out to denounce the bill.

Yesterday, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) issued a joint statement seeking to deflect blame for the harshest provisions of the House bill toward the Democrats, who they said showed a lack of compassion. "It remains our intent to produce a strong border security bill that will not make unlawful presence in the United States a felony," Hastert and Frist said.

Once again Republican leaders show they are not worthy of leading even their own parties, much less America. Bill Frist, who would like to become President, proves once again why he does not have the spine for the office he seeks. He will not garner my vote under any circumstance.

Increasingly, a third party vote for a truly conservative candidate coming out of either party seems palatable. As Dan Riehl notes:

I hope there's a leader somewhere in that crumbling party, which today appears to be a shadow of itself, full of political whores intent on abandoning principle so as to pimp themselves for votes. If Republicans remain on this co-dependent Democrat path they are on, look for significant third party challenges from the Right. From what I am seeing today, I would strongly consider voting for one now.

The Democrats still can't win elections, but the GOP seem intent on losing them. as they run the party into the ground.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 12, 2006 06:19 AM | TrackBack

I am very glad Frist is history in 07! The way the Dems made a fool out of him from 2/05 to 7/05 on the Bolton nomination convinced me he had neither brains nor spine. The latest move shows that he may be dumb, but with the GOP he has clout; unfortunately for America.

Posted by: Rod Stanton at April 12, 2006 11:57 AM

Neither party is going to make these people felons. Felons CAN'T VOTE.

Posted by: Cindi at April 12, 2006 05:24 PM

Both these parties had better get their heads out of their respective arses as a flood of illegal aliens from Mexico is now crossing or about to cross the border. Regardless of whether you are Democrat or Republican, it should be pretty obvious that if economic conditions south of the border were to get really bad, there might be 100 million potential illegal aliens headed our way. Even the Democrats should be smart enough to know that there is no way for the US to handle such an invasion short of military action. I predict just that if this problem is not handled very soon in some meaningful way.

Posted by: jesusland joe at April 12, 2006 09:52 PM