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The Cannon Con - Kaus
Slate ^ | 7-4-2006 | Mickey Kaus

Posted on 07/04/2006 7:09:11 AM PDT by rcocean

The Cannon Con

When immigration-legalization backers pose as something else.

But wait: there's a deeper lack of contrast. Bilbray ran on a platform of opposition lto illegal immigration. Meanwhile, Cannon ... also ran on a plaform of opposition to illegal immigration.

Here's the text of a last-minute Cannon TV ad, as reported in the Salt Lake Tribune: "I'm Congressman Chris Cannon and I approve this message." Female announcer "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Male announcer: " But Congressman Chris Cannon says only if they come here legally."

It's all eerily reminiscent of the welfare debate, in which anti-welfare candidates sincerely bashed welfare and pro-welfare candidates insincerely bashed welfare.

We know how that turned out. This could be why House Republicans don't seem to be interpreting Cannon's win as a reason to abandon their enforcement-only position. It's also why, when you encounter the quotes from Democratic leaders in WaPo (Sample: "Republicans want to use this like Willie Horton in 1988 and gay marriage in 2004"--Sen. Schumer) you can smell their fear. 2

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; cannon; immigration; kaus; mickeykaus

1 posted on 07/04/2006 7:09:13 AM PDT by rcocean
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To: rcocean

"It's also why, when you encounter the quotes from Democratic leaders in WaPo (Sample: "Republicans want to use this like Willie Horton in 1988 and gay marriage in 2004"--Sen. Schumer) you can smell their fear."


2 posted on 07/04/2006 7:23:22 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Taglines for sale or rent. Good "one liners", 50 cents.)
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To: rcocean

"Here's the text of a last-minute Cannon TV ad, as reported in the Salt Lake Tribune: "I'm Congressman Chris Cannon and I approve this message." Female announcer "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Male announcer: " But Congressman Chris Cannon says only if they come here legally."

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So the big story in the race is that BEING TOUGH ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION (or pretending to be) WON.

Same as Bilbray race.

I dont think the pro-amnesty crowd can spin a 55% win against someone they called a hypocrite and kook, won using hundred's of thousands of dollars to convince votes that, no, Cannon really *isnt* soft on illegal immigration, into a victory for their position. That dog wont hunt.


3 posted on 07/05/2006 2:35:13 PM PDT by WOSG (-)
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