Thursday, April 13, 2006

The Democrats Sell Out Latinos

Ruben Navarette over at Real Clear Politics has this piece "The Democrats Sell Out Latinos.

Excerpt:

After the Senate Judiciary Committee put out a guest-worker bill, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney issued a statement saying: ``Guest-workers programs are a bad idea and harm all workers.''

That did it. Senate Democrats sided with labor, and sold out Latinos. The deal came undone because Reid refused to allow the legislation to go through the amendment process. Republicans had come up with as many as 400 amendments but whittled the list to 20. Reid agreed to proceed with debate on just three.

It was a masterstroke by Democrats. Labor is happy. And while Latinos are angry, there's always the chance that Democrats can fool them into channeling that anger toward Republicans.

.....and this (how true is the last paragraph).

And Sen. Kennedy told The Associated Press: ``Politics got ahead of policy on this.'' He then refused, according to the article, to defend Reid's performance. The story noted that, ``Outside the Senate, several Democratic strategists concluded that the best politics was to allow the bill to die.''


The moral: Marches and Mexican flags don't equal power. Labor uses millions of dollars in political contributions to take care of Democrats, and so Democrats take care of labor.


After the bill died, Democrats rubbed salt in the wound by insisting that Latinos had no choice but to stay on the liberal hacienda. Susan Estrich, who served as campaign manager for Michael Dukakis in 1988, told Fox News that Republicans had blown their chance to win Latino votes and predicted that Latino support would help Democrats win both houses of Congress.


You see, in a twist on the famous words of one of their icons, Democrats no longer ask what they can do for Latinos, only what Latinos can do for them.

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