Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Reid adds controversial immigration measure to defense bill -


It's all about the politics. After largely ignoring Hispanic interests within the Democratic party up to this point, the perception is that inserting DREAM legislation in the defense bill will result in a failure to get 60 votes. This, in turn, will prompt Reid to pull it from the bill to gain passage, but not before realizing some small, partisan advantage by making the GOP go on record as having opposed it. Lost in the calculation is one salient fact; Hispanic activists are not stupid and they can smell cynicism every bit as well as anyone else.

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