Review:Democrats to Focus on Iraq as Poll Numbers Tumble

2007-07-02 00:00:00

And we all know that the only thing Democrats care about are poll numbers, that and what the French think of them. Upon returning from the 4th of July recess, Democrats in both the House and Senate, responding to slumping poll numbers, will refocus on Iraq:

WASHINGTON – With the immigration bill dead, troop withdrawal deadlines vetoed, and other high-profile initiatives stalled, Democratic leaders closed six months in control of Congress mired in low approval ratings and plotting a legislative blitz on an issue they once tried to escape: Iraq.

Over the weekend, Reid called on Republicans to support legislation that will force the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Starting next week, Democrats are planning weekly votes on the issue.

“Too many times, Republicans have stood in the way of progress instead of helping us lead the way,” Reid said Saturday in the party’s weekly radio address.

While some Republicans are “saying the right things on Iraq,” they need to back up their words with votes. . . . Voting against a bill on a matter of principle is one thing,” Reid said. “To go forward, we will need far more Republicans to put partisan politics aside and work with us for the American people.”

While seeking their votes on the war, Reid accused GOP lawmakers of deliberately blocking ethics reform and enactment of the 9/11 Commission recommendations.

Democrats encouraged by Republicans joining with them in calling for a surrender, I mean withdrawal:

Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana , a Republican, yesterday called for a bipartisan approach to scale back the US military involvement in Iraq.

Lugar was one of two Republican senators who declared last week that Bush’s Iraq strategy was not working and that the US should downsize the military’s role.

He was joined by Senator George Voinovich, Republican of Ohio.

Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday, Lugar said Bush should consult Democrats and Republicans on a new strategy that includes ongoing talks with all Iraq’s neighbors. Lugar has resisted Democratic calls for a deadline on troop withdrawal.

-- 'The Commish' A.J. Sparxx

Review:Our long national nightmare is almost over

2007-07-02 00:00:00

Cue the fat lady:

John McCain’s campaign, trailing top Republican rivals in money and polls, is undergoing a significant reorganization with staff cuts in every department, officials with knowledge of the shake-up said Monday.
Some 50 staffers or more are being let go, and senior aides will be subject to pay cuts as the Arizona senator’s campaign bows to the reality of six months of subpar fundraising, these officials said.

They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plans have not been made public. An afternoon conference call was scheduled to announce the results of second-quarter fundraising.

We’ll soon be saying “good riddance” to the arrogant, stubborn, and condescending “maverick” John McCain. While amnesty was the final nail in his coffin, I’ll always resent him more for the blatantly un-Constitutional McCain-Feingold bill.

Did you notice how Lindsey took the spotlight away from McCain on the last round of amnesty in order to help minimize the association of McCain with his own putrid bill? Too little, too late.

-- W.C. Varones

Review:Department of Insecurity

2007-07-02 00:00:00

Michelle Malkin:

Actions have consequences. One of the negative consequences of the Department of Homeland Security’s push for shamnesty is its shrinking credibility. From the dog-and-pony show raids before shamnesty hit the Senate floor to the smearing of opponents during the legislative debate to the inaction of “emergency” border security appropriations after the bill’s defeat, DHS and its chief Michael Chertoff have abandoned principled enforcement of immigration laws for cynical, open-borders politicking.

We won’t forget the frenetic smear campaign that Chertoff waged against principled opponents of the Bush-Kennedy immigration disaster. We won’t forget that while global jihad marched on, Secretary Chertoff was more worried about the availability of cheap lettuce pickers than about terrorist operatives slipping past our air, land, and sea borders.

Now, in the wake of last week’s two attempted terrorist car bombings in London and Glasgow, Chertoff is all over the airwaves reassuring us that he’s got everything under control in the U.S. He appeared on weekend talk shows to encourage the American people to “be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to authorities.”

Uh-huh. This from the public official who maligned vigilant immigration enforcement proponents as ignorant bigots who want to execute illegal aliens. This from the public official who has dismissed strict enforcement of our immigration laws as infeasible. This from the public official who lavished praise on security-undermining Teddy Kennedy as “awesome.”

In a last-ditch effort to save shamnesty, the White House dangled a $4.4 billion emergency border security buyout tied to the deal. Why isn’t Chertoff asking for that money now?

-- PoliPundit

Review:Illegal Immigrant Raid Catches 9 In New Jersey

2007-07-02 00:00:00

We need more of this and less talk of amnesty:

Nine Hudson County residents have been picked up in a number of recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sweeps that captured 131 people, including a Dominican national with a criminal record living in Kearny, officials said.

During June, ICE fugitive operations teams fanned out across the state to capture 71 criminal and fugitive non-documented residents, and during the investigations also arrested 60 other people who were in the county illegally, said Adam Puharic, spokesman for the Newark ICE office.

Just doing the work American’s won’t do, huh?:

Among the criminals caught was Ricardo Anthony Rondon, 31, of Kearny, a Dominican national who has a 2000 conviction for drug possession with intent to distribute, and a 2002 conviction for aggravated assault, Puharic said.

Our 2 Liberal Senators from New Jersey voted to give criminals like Ricardo immediate freedom and citizenship in this Country had that travesty of a Shamnesty bill passed.

-- 'The Commish' A.J. Sparxx

Review:BREAKING: Bush Pardons Scooter

2007-07-02 00:00:00

This is will NOT make the liberals very happy. President Bush pardons Scooter Libby, sparing him his almost 3 year jail term:

WASHINGTON — President Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case.

Bush left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, according to a senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.

Bush’s move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That decision put the pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Libby was convicted in March of lying to authorities and obstructing the investigation into the 2003 leak of CIA operative’s identity. He was the highest-ranking White House official ordered to prison since the Iran-Contra affair.

-- 'The Commish' A.J. Sparxx

Review:Libby Pardon - Amen

2007-07-02 00:00:00

I was beginning to wonder if I could count on this president to do the right thing and arrange for Scooter to not serve any time. I do not have to wonder anymore.

President Bush commuted the sentence of former aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term in the CIA leak case. Bush left intact a $250,000 fine and two years probation for Libby, according to a senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced.

Bush’s move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could not delay his prison term in the CIA leak case. That decision put the pressure on the president, who had been sidestepping calls by Libby’s allies to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

While we’ve all spent plenty of time railing against some of the presidents policy positions lately it’s nice to finally find myself in agreement with one of his actions. Good show Mr. President.

Update: Please comment in Michael’s post below, just wanted to add my 2 cents.
It would have been nice if he ditched the fine as well but I don’t know the legal details involved in doing such.
If the President would like to take another step in the right direction how about pardons for Agents Ramos & Compean? Don’t hold your breath.

rom NBC’s Joel Seidman
Likely presidential candidate Fred Thompson ® released this statement: “I am very happy for Scooter Libby. I know that this is a great relief to him, his wife and children. While for a long time I have urged a pardon for Scooter, I respect the President’s decision. This will allow a good American, who has done a lot for his country, to resume his life.”

He’s making it look almost too easy to get into the base’s good graces lately.

-- KnightHawk

Review:ILLEGALS Threaten US Government Over Amnesty Defeat

2007-07-02 00:00:00

The illegal immigrants who have already broken the law by being here are threatening revenge for the failed attempt at Amnesty.

Mexican activist hiding out in a church in Chicago is making the threats:

Hours after the Senate voted against advancing the immigration reform project, the Mexican activist Elvira Arellano announced a campaign of resistance against the U.S. government.

In a written statement, the leader of the movement Familia Unida (United Family) said that “if the Democrats and the Republicans cannot summon the courage to fix the broken law we will not sit quietly and see our families and our children cut to pieces on the broken pieces of that broken law.”

She demanded an immediate moratorium on all raids and deportations.

Arellano, who has remained in a Northwest Side church since August 15 to avoid an order of deportation, said this would be the deadline the government will have to “revive and pass a comprehensive immigration reform.”

Otherwise, pro-immigrant organizers will begin a campaign “aimed at bringing this government and this economy to a halt.”

These are the people that Geraldo Rivera, Harry Reid, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ted Kennedy, Michael Chertoff and President Bush have been whining about having to “hide in the shadows.”

It seems clear tome that they know when they want to be seen, and heard. This is the time to arrest and deport every one of them.

-- 'The Commish' A.J. Sparxx

Review:Obama Raises $30 Million?

2007-07-01 00:00:00

Staggering:

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos Reports: A source close to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says his presidential campaign raised more than $30 million during the second quarter, which ended yesterday.

That figure tops Obama’s haul during the first quarter of the year, when he reported raising $25.8 million.

Official figures have not yet been released by Obama’s rivals for the Democratic nomination, although the campaign of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., had said it expected to raise about $27 million during the quarter, and the campaign of former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., had publicly set a goal of $9 million.

UPDATE: It’s official. $32.5 million

-- PoliPundit

Review:Chertoff on FNS

2007-07-01 00:00:00

Fox News has been one of the staunchest supporters of amnesty. Their silencing of dissenting voices was taken to such ludicrous extremes that last Sunday Fox News Sunday had on two amnesty supporters - Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - “debating” the Bush-Kennedy bill.

This week was no different, with DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff - a Bush minion and supporter of amnesty - “discussing” immigration with host Chris Wallace.

Here’s an interesting part of their exchange about the fence:

Wallace: Congress passed the Secure Fence Act in October of last year, mandating construction of 700 miles of new fence along the southwest border. Now Congressman Duncan Hunter, who comes from that part of the world - comes from San Diego - says that in fact, in the eight months since then, that the government has built only 13 miles of new fencing. Is that true sir?

Chertoff: Well what we’ve done is we’re working on - and we’ll complete by September - up to 140-150 miles of fencing. As anybody who’s ever built a fence or a wall knows, Chris, you don’t build it one mile at a time. You take a chunk - like for example the 35 miles at the Barry Goldwater range in Arizona - you have to level the ground, you have to put a foundation in, you have to drive in the pillars, and then you put the fencing in. So in that case, for example, we’re going to go from a handful of miles to 35 miles within a couple of months. We’re on track to get about 370 miles done by the end of 2008.

It’s very encouraging that Chertoff has committed to build 370 miles of fence by 2008.

But what are the other tools he needs?

But I do have to say that, for people who believe that the answer is just fence, yesterday we discovered a tunnel; so fencing is not the cure-all for the problem at the border. We’ve got 40 percent of our illegals coming through the ports of entry, using legal visas, and overstaying.

We haven’t been able to require every employer to enter a system in which they check the work status of their employees, to determine whether they’re illegal. And without that, we don’t really have the ability to enforce the law with respect to illegal work in this country in a way that’s truly effective. And that would be the single greatest additional weapon we could use if we’re serious about tackling this problem.

Indeed, mandatory employment verification is a laudable goal, and one that I’ve been pushing for three years, starting when the president first announced his support for amnesty in January 2004.

The Social Security Administration put a verification system in place in 2005, which over 15,000 employers are now using. The easiest way for the Bush administration to give Chertoff most of what he wants is to require all federal contractors to use the system. This can be done by the Executive branch, without having to push new legislation through Congress. And, if the president wants to ask Congress to pass laws requiring all employers to use the system, we’ll be glad to help out there as well.

-- PoliPundit