Friday, November 16, 2007

Barack Obama On Drivers Licences For Illegal Immigrants

Barack Obama is sound more like an ordinary hack politician by the day. His confusing stance on drivers' licences for illegal immigrants was ugly. People would rather see a politician who never wavers (George W. Bush in 2004) than one that can't give a straight answer (John Kerry in 2004).

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At November 16, 2007 1:40 PM , Blogger tas said...

Wolf's full of shit here, especially on his bit that this illegals/license question is well suited for a yes or no answer. Giving illegals a drivers license is not a federal government issue -- hence, the president should not have any decision over such matters. It's a state issue. The illegals are in the states, so the legislators of those states have to figure out ways to handle them and balancing such with public safety. The job of the federal executive and legislative office holders is to figure out a way to curb illegal immigration. So, I mean, I can see where a candidate might answer yes and no to this question. I think the only place where Obama and the other candidates faltered is by not calling Wolf on his bullshit and asking him why such a question of this nature -- which reeks of being ripped the "GOP Dream Questions for Democratic Candidates" playbook -- is even being asked in a presidential debate.

At November 16, 2007 1:57 PM , Blogger Michael Hussey said...

Wolf is finally backing away from "why aren't good stories reported from Iraq" meme. I agree that there are more important questions to ask than drivers' licences.

Obama's answer will not play well for voters. Hispanics are leaning towards Democrats on the immigration issue Democrats need to sound more decisive. He should of just said yes.

At November 16, 2007 3:33 PM , Blogger tas said...

Maybe he just should have said yes, but it's a nuanced issue. Also, had Obama simply said yes then the right would have used that answer to bop him over the head with. It's really a no-win situation concerning a question that doesn't involve any of the powers of the executive office... It's like asking the candidates if the property tax in East Bumblefuck, Montana should be raised. It's not something they have any power over.

At November 16, 2007 3:37 PM , Blogger Michael Hussey said...

It's like asking the candidates if the property tax in East Bumblefuck, Montana should be raised. It's not something they have any power over.

Just wait until Rudy becomes President.

At November 16, 2007 3:54 PM , Blogger tas said...

Republicans have fear of Hillary, and I've got a fear of Rudy. All that man needs is a narrow little mustache under his nose and we'll all truly know what kind of government to expect from him.

If the race goes down to Hillary v. Rudy, I truly hope that the nation has fully woken up from it's 9/11 hangover to not vote how their fears dictate. But I just don't want to risk it, either... I've been a vocal critic of Obama and don't particularly like his candidacy, but I think we all know who would win in a Obama v. Rudy presidential contest. I guess I'm buying into the lesser v. greater evil argument again, but when compared with Rudy, Obama is much, much lesser. And, most importantly, he can win.

That GOP nomination is still up in the air, though. The strategies each campaign is employing are interesting... Romney is focusing on Iowa and assumes that he'll win New Hampshire, Rudy plans on getting his momentum from New York and New Jersey, and Thompson seeks to use the South for his momentum. But Huckabee might actually win Iowa, and if so could he carry the momentum forward to a nomination of be stopped by strong showings of Rudy and Thompson elsewhere? And if Romney regroups and wins Iowa, he's already got the national organization in place so will he just steamroll the competition? Or will three candidates each have momentum and states that don't usual have a stake in deciding the nominee finally matter? Will this be the Sox v. Indians in the ALCS or Sox v. Rox in the World Series? It's all very curious.

At November 16, 2007 3:58 PM , Blogger Michael Hussey said...

Rudy plans on getting his momentum from New York and New Jersey,

Rudy's people have Florida as a must win. Florida Republicans lost have their delegates from moving the primary up. The flip side is Rudy is polling well in the state.


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