RUSH: The New York Observer today, a story by Jason Horowitz: “Senator McCain Worked Blue on New York Stage. Behind Closed Doors, Republican Works in Material: ?I?d Tell Shiites and Sunnis, ?Stop the Bulls[–]t??; Fresh From Falwell, Attacks Right-Wing Nativism.
“For all the national attention surrounding John McCain?s two highly anticipated, protest-ridden commencement speeches in New York last week, the Senator actually saved some of his best material for the crowd that gathered on Friday behind closed doors in the back of the Regency Hotel. In a small, mirror-paneled room guarded by a Secret Service agent and packed with some of the city?s wealthiest and most influential political donors, Mr. McCain got right to the point. [McCain impression] ‘One of the things I would do if I were President would be to sit the Shiites and the Sunnis down and say, “Stop the bulls[–]t,?’ said Mr. McCain, according to Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, an invitee, and two other guests. The exclusive audience included R.N.C. Finance Chair Lewis Eisenberg, Blackstone Group co-founder Peter G. Peterson, former Secretary of the Navy John F. Lehman and Gail Hilson, the politically influential socialite who has organized events for Mr. McCain in the past.”
He said, “What kind of a country do we want to be?” The table here was shaped like a horseshoe, and he walked around in the middle of the table talking to these august country clubbers and blue blooders. He then “cautioned against ghettoizing immigrants, which he noted has brought about disastrous results in France, and criticized elements in his own party as ‘nativist’ before lambasting the punditry of Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs and [others] for helping to ‘fuel the problem,’ according to two of the sources.”
All right, so now I’m a “nativist.” What did Brooks call me? A “restrictionist.” Lou Dobbs is the same thing. He’s out there hobnobbing with country club blue blooders, and
I have told you about my grandfather and how immigration has been an ongoing debate in this country. It was his high school debate topic back in 1904. I even praised the president’s speech and talked about how it was a great speech dealing with a terrible problem, and he was trying to balance the various issues. I was not highly critical of the president. I have focused on the
There’s a fascinating column today in the New York Times by Ed Meese. Ed Meese, in the Reagan administration, back in the eighties. He compares the Simpson-Mazzoli Bill language with the current Senate “compromise” bill. It is
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