We are watching the Times take it one day at a time as they stride towards an embrace of reality. Yesterday, this was the Times headline covering the electoral impact of the Spitzer plan to give driver's licenses to illegal immigrants:
New York Democrats Say License Issue Had Little Effect
It was only down in the third paragraph that the Times explained that the plan had little impact because Democrats ran away from it.
What a difference a day makes:
Congressional Democrats Grow Wary of Spitzer License Plan
Wary? Try this for "wary":
“It’s hugely unpopular,” said Representative Michael Arcuri, a first-term Democrat from central New York whom Republicans hope to defeat next year. “I don’t think it would be wise to move forward with it at this point.”
Nita M. Lowey, a longtime incumbent from Westchester who is among the most influential members of New York’s delegation, warned that now was not the time to take up the issue.
Ms. Lowey said Mr. Spitzer’s “proposal raises serious questions that must first be addressed through comprehensive immigration reform at a national level,” according to a statement released by her aides.
Here's another "wary" Dem:
Representative John Hall, a Democratic freshman lawmaker whose district includes New York City’s northern suburbs, said he was worried that illegal immigrants who are able to secure licenses in New York under Mr. Spitzer would in turn use those licenses to obtain other forms of identification and other documents.
“I think it creates more problems than it tries to solve,” he said. “I would urge the governor to withdraw the plan.”
Representative Kirsten Gillibrand, a first-term Democrat whose district is in the Albany region, said she phoned the governor’s office a day after he proposed the initiative to say that she would not support it.
Ms. Gillibrand said the proposal was extremely unpopular in her district. “I’ve heard this nonstop for the last five weeks,” she said. There should be a national standard for licenses, she said, rather than allowing states to go in different directions. “I don’t think it should be implemented,” she said of Mr. Spitzer’s policy. “It’s not a good idea.”
If that is "wary", what would the sound of rejection be?