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Hillary's John Kerry Moment

By The Neville Awards
Posted November 5, 2007

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[November 14, 2007] After weeks of doing the "Hillary two-step" on the topic of how she felt about giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, Hillary Clinton came out today in support of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's plan... to not give illegals drivers licenses.

"As President, I will not support drivers' licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration including border security and fixing our broken system."

Truely, a John Kerry moment...she voted for the $87 billion before she voted against it... she was for the drivers licenses before she was against them. The woman has no shame. Of course she is still for "incomprehensible immigration reform".

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Poor Hillary. After running a tightly scripted presidential campaign, giving softball interviews on Good Morning America, The View, Ellen DeGeneris, and other friendly media forums, Hillary has finally been asked a real question during a debate, and was forced to attempt a decisive answer.

Unable to give a clear answer as to whether or not she supports Elliot Spitzer's decision to give driver's license to illegal immigrants, Hillary is now playing the 'I'm just a woman' victim card. She quickly put out a video called, "The Politics of Pile On," claiming the boys are piling up on me!

We are not in the minors and the big boys are not piling up on her. And politics ain't beanbag. She is, in fact, running for President and it's primetime. It's about time Hillary was actually held accountable for what she really believes.

Of course it's hard to follow the "Hillary rules of campaign etiquette". She wants to be tough, seen as one of the guys, empowered and confident, that she can take punch. Her Republican counterparts joust with one another on a range of issues from immigration to taxes and routinely question each other's consistency and credibility. But when Tim Russert served up a relatively simple question that required a simple answer she folded like a cheap suit.

Hillary often argues that there are those who don't want a woman to be president and often flashes her feminist credentials. She claims to have the most experience of any Democratic contender and cites her years as First Lady to demonstrate her "lifelong" fight for children and healthcare. However, the notion that she is the poster girl for nepotism and unqualified in her own right brings howls of "sexism" from her supporters.

So is the Republican nominee supposed to treat her with kid gloves or do the gloves come off?

Hillary contends that she will be her own candidate and ther own president yet she relies on her husband to rein in a key endorsement from big labor from the SEIU and surrounds herself with advisors from her husband's administration ranging from Madeline Albright to Sandy Berger. Is she able to attract support and talent on her own or must she rely on her husband's rolodex?

This much is clear from the debate and its aftermath: she does not take criticism or challenges well. Pushed by Russert as to whether she and her husband would release records from the Clinton White House she snarkley retorted: "Well, that's not my decision to make, and I don't believe that any president or first lady ever has. But, certainly, we're move as quickly as our circumstances and the processes of the National Archives permits." Another dodge...another attempt to evade and placate.

The following is the discussion as it actually occurred:

RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer has proposed giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. You told the Nashua, New Hampshire, editorial board it makes a lot of sense. Why does it make a lot of sense to give an illegal immigrant a driver's license?

CLINTON: Well, what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is fill the vacuum left by the failure of this administration to bring about comprehensive immigration reform. We know, in New York, we have several million at any one time who are in New York illegally. They are undocumented workers. They are driving on our roads. The possibility of them having an accident that harms themselves or others is just a matter of the odds -- it's probability. So what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is to fill the vacuum. I believe we need to get back to comprehensive immigration reform because no state, no matter how well-intentioned, can fill this gap. There needs to be federal action on immigration reform.

RUSSERT: Does anyone here believe an illegal immigrant should not have a driver's license?

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH (OH): Believe what?

RUSSERT: An illegal immigrant should not have a driver's license.

SEN. CHRIS DODD (CT): Well, this is a privilege. And look, I'm as forthright and progressive on immigration policy as anyone here, but we're dealing with a serious problem here. We need to have people come forward. The idea that we're going to extend this privilege here of a driver's license, I think, is troublesome. And I think the American people are reacting to it. We need to deal with security on our borders; we need to deal with the attraction that draws people here; we need to deal fairly with those who are here -- but this is a privilege. Talk about health care, I have a different opinion. That affects the public health of all of us. But a license is a privilege, and that ought not to be extended, in my view.

CLINTON: Well --

WILLIAMS: Senator, let's --

CLINTON: I just want to add: I did not say that it should be done, but I certainly recognize why Governor Spitzer is trying to do it.

DODD: Now, wait. Wait.

CLINTON: And we have failed --

DODD: Wait a minute.

CLINTON: We have failed --

DODD: No, no, no. You said -- you said yes --


DODD: You thought it made sense to do it.

CLINTON: No, I didn't, Chris. But the point is, what are we going to do with all these illegal immigrants who are driving on the roads?

DODD: Well, that's a legitimate issue. But driver's license goes too far --

CLINTON: Well --

DODD: -- in my view.

CLINTON: Well, you may say that, but what is the identification if somebody runs into you today who is an undocumented worker --

DODD: There's ways of dealing with that.

CLINTON: Well, but --

DODD: This is a privilege, not a right.

CLINTON: Well, what Governor Spitzer has agreed to do is to have three different licenses: one that provides identification for actually going onto airplanes and other kinds of security issues; another, which is an ordinary driver's license; and then, a special card that identifies the people who would be on the road. So, it's not the full privilege.

DODD: That's a bureaucratic nightmare.

RUSSERT: Senator Clinton, I just want to make sure what I heard. Do you, the New York Senator Hillary Clinton, support the New York governor's plan to give illegal immigrants a driver's license? You told the Nashua, New Hampshire, paper it made a lot of sense.


RUSSERT: Do you support his plan?

CLINTON: You know, Tim, this is where everybody plays gotcha. It makes a lot of sense. What is the governor supposed to do? He is dealing with a serious problem. We have failed, and George Bush has failed. Do I think this is the best thing for any governor to do? No. But do I understand the sense of real desperation, trying to get a handle on this? Remember, in New York, we want to know who's in New York. We want people to come out of the shadows. He's making an honest effort to do it. We should have passed immigration reform.

WILLIAMS: New subject. Senator Edwards, you have young children. As you know, the Internet can be a bit of a cultural Wild West. Assuming a lot of homes don't have parental support, would you be in favor of any government guidelines on Internet content?

EDWARDS: For children and try to protect children and using technology to protect children? I would. I want to add something that Chris Dodd just said a minute ago, because I don't want it to go unnoticed. Unless I missed something, Senator Clinton said two different things in the course of about two minutes just a few minutes ago, and I think this is a real issue for the country. I mean, America is looking for a president who will say the same thing, who will be consistent, who will be straight with them. Because what we've had for seven years is doubletalk from Bush and from Cheney, and I think America deserves us to be straight.

It's amateur hour on the left… usual.
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