An Ad Lib That Went Wrong

President Bush wants conservatives to believe it was an ad lib that went wrong. From the New York Times

Mr. Bush’s comments to federal law enforcement trainees in Georgia on Tuesday, in which he took the rare step of going after conservative critics in terms usually reserved for Democrats, has charged the Republican ferment, specifically his suggestion that those opposed to the plan “don’t want to do what’s right for America.”Presidential aides said later that Mr. Bush did not mean to impugn anyone’s patriotism, and that he had ad-libbed the line during a passionate address on an issue he holds dear.

Here’s what Linda Chavez, chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity had to say about those opposed to the immigration bill:

Some people just don’t like Mexicans — or anyone else from south of the border. They think Latinos are freeloaders and welfare cheats who are too lazy to learn English. They think Latinos have too many babies and that Latino kids will dumb down our schools. They think Latinos are dirty, diseased, indolent and more prone to criminal behavior. They think Latinos are just too different from us ever to become real Americans. …

“Unfortunately, among this group is a fair number of Republican members of Congress, almost all influential conservative talk radio hosts, some cable news anchors — most prominently, Lou Dobbs — and a handful of public policy ‘experts’ at organizations such as the Center for Immigration Studies, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, NumbersUSA, in addition to fringe groups like the Minuteman Project.”

“Sen. Lindsey Graham has said, ‘We’re gonna tell the bigots to shut up.’

… Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff suggested opponents would prefer illegal immigrants be killed;

Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said those who oppose the bill want ‘mass deportation.’

Former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson said those who oppose the bill are ‘anti-immigrant’ and suggested they suffer from ‘rage’ and ‘national chauvinism.’

We are not going to be able to send all illegals home, but at the same time we don’t have to allow more in. We can secure the borders. Also, don’t expect illegals to voluntarily sign up, pay $2,000 to $6,000, send their head of household back home, all to get a green card.

Whatever happened to the idea of pandering to your base?

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