This story is already well documented in the “Logireaders” section, which I encourage the millions and millions of logifans to click on, but I want to highlight a single quote by the former majority leader of the Senate, Trent Lott (R?).
Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.”
At some point, Mr. Lott said, Senate Republican leaders may try to rein in “younger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill.”
A couple of weeks ago I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch cable news. Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Bill Maher all supported the amnesty bill, though O’Reilly had some reservations. I generally listen to NPR on my way to work (pro-amnesty), read the NY Times (pro-amnesty), the Wall Street Journal (pro-amnesty), and National Review (mostly anti-amnesty). If Trent Lott is going to get his panties in a wad because Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh go against the grain of what 90% of the media is supporting, well, is it any wonder why it’s so hard for the GOP to raise money these days? Sure hope these guys like being in the minority. Besides supporting Bobby Jindal in Louisiana I have little faith in the GOP.