Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Kyl gets an earful from his base on criminal alien amnesty bill

Too bad he was re-elected last year, otherwise he might actually listen. From the NY Slimes:
Angry calls poured into Senator Jon Kyl’s office this week by the thousands, expressing outrage beyond anything he said he had witnessed in his 20-year political career. The callers were inflamed by Mr. Kyl’s role in shaping the bipartisan immigration compromise announced May 17, which lawmakers continue to debate.

“Yes, I have learned some new words from some of my constituents,” Mr. Kyl, an Arizona Republican, said at a news conference on Thursday, drawing titters from those in the room...

The day after the proposal was announced, the eight phone lines at the [state Republican] party headquarters were so jammed that staff members almost decided to close the office.

"Every single line was literally off the hook most of the day," said Sean McCaffrey, the state party’s executive director. "None of these were happy calls. Truly, from our headquarters to the 15 county parties, the ratio was 100 to zero. Not a single county chairman, not a single legislative district chairman reported having a single call from a grass-roots individual saying, ‘Please pass this immigration bill.’"

No one likes it, but since "compromise" and "bipartisanship" are paramount in the Senate, it will pass anyway.