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Monday, May 15, 2006

Liveblogging the Presidential Address

Thought it'd be a good idea for the conspiracy to liveblog the Presidential address.

Here are my initial thoughts:
It'll be interesting to see how Bush navigates his way through the competing interests of the anti-immigration GOP/Dem base and the pro-immigration GOP/Dem elites.

Regardless of what he says, the MSM will portray Bush as throwing "red-meat" to the "anti-Hispanic" base of his party. In reality his position will be a middle-of-the-road proposal that likely will garner support from the rank & file of both parties.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (21)
St Wendeler said...

Good opening... He really does have to reconcile the two sides. Ultimately, this will be a *gulp* Clintonian triangulation.

St Wendeler said...

"beyond the reach & protection of American law."

perfect!

St Wendeler said...

6 million people... what % return and successfully cross the border?

Brian said...

Ok... livebloggging from the beautiful Sheraton in Richmond, VA. Which unfortunatley, only has CNN....

Watching so you don't have to...

Prior to the speech, CNN's take was that the president had to hit it out of the park.. and that wasn't possible....

Brian said...

6000 troops? So the argument that the guard is stretched too thin already is just bull...

St Wendeler said...

Congrats on ending the Catch & Release program.

Bush is showing his "tough on illegal immigration side" right now...

guest worker and the compassion coming up shortly.

St Wendeler said...

Mark Krikorian's having a conniption right now.

Such a shame.

St Wendeler said...

My only question is this....

why have we waited 5 years for this speech? I understand that there are plenty of other things on the table, but this is one of the key issues that Bush raised in 2000...

And as the issue heated up, Bush just let the conversation take place without him.

Brian said...

opposed to amnesty.... had to say it. glad he did

St Wendeler said...

Ahh, the melting pot!

Leftists across the country are screaming: How dare you impose your values & culture on people!!!!

HALLIBURTON!!!!!

St Wendeler said...

My point exactly in the comments here.

no reason to address only one part of the problem and then come back to vote on the next part.

Brian said...

the sheraton hotel internet connection is spotty at best...

good speech, not a homerun though. Good finish with the story on Guadalupe.

St Wendeler said...

somehow, I think that Bush is trying to remove some of the shrillness from Bush's critics on the Right...

such as Michelle Malkin, who is "unhinged" on this issue.

Oh... and Olberman is a twerp. Talking about how 6000 National Guardsmen stretched arm to arm would still be 6 football fields apart.

That's 600 yards between them, Keith? I think that that's pretty damn good, you jack@ss!!!!!!!!!!!

Brian said...

Lou Dobbs says that Bush basically came out for amnesty despite the fact that Bush said no amnesty.... And he calls himself a journalist? Words have meaning....

St Wendeler said...

Dick Durbin is such an idiot. Of course, it can't be easy when you have absolutely no position on anything.

Brian said...

On Olberman... 600 yards? With electronic surveillance equipment? You don't need them arm to arm to reduce border crossings... If we need that we'll never maintain the border.

The soviets weren't able to seal the border either....

St Wendeler said...

Durbin - NO!!!

NO!!!

NO!!!

NO!!!

(Umm, Dick... what should we do?)

NO!!!

NO!!!

NO!!!

Brian said...

Well Lou Dobbs is definetely against the president on this issue...

Words like crisis... rhetoric... amnesty...

St Wendeler said...

If Dobbs is against it, I'm for it.

because Lou has the IQ of a mollusk... or a Kossack - take your pick.

Brian said...

Hugh Hewitt basically says that Bush hit it up the middle.... I'm worried that up the middle isn't going to work though.

That being said.. I can't think of a problem in the items the President outlined. There's nothing I wouldn't say give it a chance. Politically I can see how the temporary worker program is bad, but taking that out, what else is there to be against?

Is temporary worker a posion pill?

Brian said...

Well Ol' ARC: Brian has to be up at 4am ET to catch a flight to NYC, so I'll be signing off for now. Short take?

Good speech, but probably not good enough. Everybody's expectations were too high.