Waiting for ‘no’
“Hillary Clinton — and the other Democrats running for president — couldn’t possibly have assumed that they would forever skate around the issue of illegal immigration,” syndicated columnist Froma Harrop writes in the Providence (R.I.) Journal.
“That notion came to an end in the most recent debate, when the New York senator badly slipped over a question about her state’s controversial plan to issue driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. Did she think no one would ask?” the columnist said.
“Democrats had better start dealing with this. Polls show a large majority of Americans, including Democrats, opposed to illegal immigration. They also find that most Americans favor some sort of amnesty for many illegals. Clinton apparently tried to finesse the two, while ignoring what’s behind the numbers.
“What many Democrats (and Republicans) don’t ‘get’ is that the support for amnesty is highly conditional. It rests on trust that any official pardon will be the last one. The ‘grand bargain’ on immigration went down in flames last spring because no one believed the sales pitch — that with the amnesty would come a stop to future illegal immigration.
“When will people know that their politicians mean business? When they hear them say ‘no.’ ”