The resurrected immigration reform bill died again today (LINK). No shocker.
I guess the only surprise is that the president had such little influence. 12 Republicans voted for the measure. 37 voted against it.
Did President Bush do as much as he could to change votes?
All the supporters of the bill, Democrat and Republicans, say he did.
But I cant help but think there was not enough outreach to conservatives, to the constituents of the Republican Senators, to the opinion-makers and talk-radio hosts.
Why didn’t the president dispatch Vice President Dick Cheney to go on Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage, Laura Ingraham, etc etc? Just grab the list of the Top 20 from Talkers Magazine (LINK) and dispatch the Veep from his undisclosed location.
At the very least Cheney could have perhaps muted some of the criticism if not actually convinced a few people that there were legitimate homeland security provisions in the bill that would make the nation safer.
Why didn’t they do that, if they truly cared?