Friday, June 3, 2011

Where do they stand?

I recently posted this quote from the chairman of the Democratic Party, Debbie Wasserman Schultz:
“We have 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country that are part of the backbone of our economy and this is not only a reality but a necessity," she said. "And that it would be harmful--the Republican solution that I’ve seen in the last three years is that we should just pack them all up and ship them back to their own countries and that in fact it should be a crime and we should arrested them all.”

OK, now carefully read this statement from Sarah Palin on October 23, 2008:
“There is no way that in the US we would roundup every illegal immigrant — there are about 12 million of the illegal immigrants — not only economically is that just an impossibility but that’s not a humane way anyway to deal with the issue that we face with illegal immigration.”

Univision Interview with Jorge Ramos, Houston Chronicle, October 23, 2008
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I was struck with the similarities.  Now, a couple of years later Palin said she stood with Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona, and called Obama some names in the process.  Still, I don't know exactly where she stands.
One could say that the quotation I used was from late in the McCain campaign and that Palin was running around the country in rented clothes trying to spit out sound-bites prepared by the McCain people.  In other words, you can't believe the words of Palin in 2008 because she was just campaigning for her boss and trying to help him, not hurt him.  I'd sure like Sarah to clear that up, wouldn't you?
I want premeditated substance, well-crafted to explain the position, not reactions on the fly to the questions of reporters.
Now, it is only fair to report a recent comment from the chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus:

“[T]here are differing voices in the Republican Party that portray and speak to different viewpoints on immigration,” he said. “This is America, and there are different folks from different places with different views on all of these issues.”

“As chairman of this party, my view is until you get to a place where we have serious border security, I don’t think we can get to a place in the debate over comprehensive immigration reform,” Priebus said.

From an interview on May 12, 2011
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Priebus sounds as confused as his predecessor, Michael Steele, as this post shows:
Perhaps they could look to the party platform for a little guidance.

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