Ted Kennedy might have lost a little weight, so maybe it’s coincidental that he seems to have also lost a lot of pull. The thanks for the latter actually goes to those of you who were vocal in opposition to the latest in a long line of Spruce Goose-style DC dipknobbery.
This morning I was reading an article in The New York Times (I like to keep track of the doings of political enemies just like terrorists like to keep track of U.S. troop movements and secret surveillance programs) when I ran across a quote from James G. Gimpel, a professor at the University of Maryland.
Something about Gimpel’s quote on the newly inflicted comatosity of the immigration deform bill struck me as odd: Ã¢â‚¬Å“People on opposite sides of the political spectrum, in effect, banded together to defeat the middle.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Well prof, those who stand in the middle of the road get run over. Didn’t anybody teach you that? Or is it just something us schmucks in flyover country are ingrained with at a young age?
Secondly, since when is Ted Kennedy known as “the middle” (by anybody other than his gastroenterologist)? Anybody who describes Kennedy as being “in the middle” of anything political is either incredibly biased or has recently suffered a massive closed head injury. Kennedy’s still firmly on the left. The problem is that many others, even Republicans such as John McCain, who has been in bed with more Democrats than a 20-year veteran Berkeley prostitute, regularly slide over there to meet him gaffe-way.
Third, no politician banded together to defeat the middle — they banded together so they could be re-elected. The backlash to this idiotic plan was and is far more enormous than Washington is used to, and those politicians in opposition to immigration deform either were opposed due to principle or, most likely, the natural instinct for political survival. President Bush is for the immigration deform bill, but he doesn’t have a re-election to worry about. Even if he did have a re-election to worry about, stances like this one would mean that he still wouldn’t have a re-election to worry about.
In just a couple of weeks, the proponents of immigration deform went from glee to glum like Paris Hilton after getting released from jail and then ordered back.
Nothing tells a story better than pictures. Here’s Kennedy and company when it looked like immigration deform was going to pass through the senate with flying, non red white and blue colors:
Then, a couple of weeks later, when the idea that was short on common sense and long on bipartisan support went south like retirees in autumn:
Hey, who peed in your pork-barrel, fellas?
What a difference two weeks makes. What’s even better is this: What a difference the American public can make. This happened because of grassroots efforts to contact their politicians and threaten to toss them out of office. Make no mistake about it.
All I know is that there is no better sign for America than seeing Ted Kennedy unhappy. When there’s mourning in Teddy’s office, it’s morning in America.