The NY Times editors takes a swipe at Hillary, deliver an absurd plug for John Edwards, and forget the glorious recent history of their own Governor in an editorial on immigration:
The Immigration Wilderness
The nation certainly sounds as if it’s in an angry place on immigration.
A major Senate reform bill collapsed in rancor in June, and every effort to revive innocuous bits of it, like a bill to legalize exemplary high school graduates, has been crushed. Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York hatched a plan to let illegal immigrants earn driver’s licenses — and steamrollered into the Valley of Death. Asked if she supported Mr. Spitzer, Senator Hillary Clinton tied herself in knots looking for the safest answer.
Well, yes she did and thanks for remembering. But why single her out? By the time of the following debate John Edwards had fully flip-flopped from his 2004 view and had opined that, lacking comprehensive reform at the Federal level, he could not support the issuance of driver's licenses to
illegal not-yet-documented-but-potentially-voting immigrants; Barack Obama waffled around his support for the issuance of driver's licenses and drew catcalls.
Yet here is the Times on Edwards:
America is waiting for a leader to risk saying that the best answer is not the simplest one. As John Edwards said at the last debate, “When is our party going to show a little backbone and strength and courage and speak up for those people who have been left behind?”
They duly note that this quote was from a different context, namely health care reform, but fail to note that Edwards, like Hillary, has lost his zeal for the oppressed in the driver's license debate.
Oh, well - the editors were forgetting a lot:
Americans accept this approach [of comprehensive]. The National Immigration Forum has compiled nearly two dozen polls from 2007 alone that show Americans consistently favoring a combination of tough enforcement and earned legalization over just enforcement. Elections confirm this. Straight-talking moderates like Gov. Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico thrive in the immigration crucible along the southern border. Those who obsess about immigration as single-issue hard-liners, like the Arizonans J. D. Hayworth and Randy Graf, have disappeared, booted by voters. Voters in Virginia this month rejected similar candidates and handed control of the State Senate to Democrats.
Virginia? New Mexico? C'mon, Eliot Spitzer of New York backpedaled like a Jets defensive back on his scheme to offer driver's licenses to illegals, and the NY Times almost covered it. Bash Spitzer, Edwards and Obama with Hillary.