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National group takes aim at McConnell on immigration
The Associated Press ^ | June 27, 2007 | The Associated Press

Posted on 06/27/2007 2:57:56 PM PDT by Baladas

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is drawing criticism back in a television ad being run by a national group. McConnell helped revive an immigration bill this week.

NumbersUSA favors restricting immigration. The group accuses McConnell of joining liberal icon Ted Kennedy in strong-arming senators to support amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.

The group's ad says illegal immigrants have taken jobs from American workers, and says the legislation won't stop future illegal immigration. The ad started airing Tuesday in Kentucky.

The commercial asks people to contact McConnell to urge him to oppose the measure


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; congress; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; mitchmcconnell; sellouts; ussenate; vampirebill
Well, it's a national issue. I'll "accuse" him of joining liberal icon Ted Kennedy in this strong-arming as well, because exactly what McConnell is doing.
1 posted on 06/27/2007 2:57:58 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


2 posted on 06/27/2007 3:02:52 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: Baladas
Go here to give Mitch a piece of your mind. He's tired already of hearing from me.
3 posted on 06/27/2007 3:10:46 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border then, Introduce an Illegal Immigrant Deportation Bill)
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To: Baladas

When you call, tell him he’s toast.


4 posted on 06/27/2007 3:11:01 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: blam

Mitch’s wife is in King George’s cabinet. (If I’m not mistaken.)

Don’t hold your breath.


5 posted on 06/27/2007 3:11:54 PM PDT by TaxxMann (Can't put a dollar sign on citizenship - oh wait, they just did !)
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To: Baladas

http://www.numbersusa.com/about/tvandvideo.html

videos


6 posted on 06/27/2007 3:14:17 PM PDT by rolling_stone (same)
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To: TaxxMann

ELAINE CHAO SECRETARY OF LABOR?


7 posted on 06/27/2007 3:26:29 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I hope he didnt give up his part-time job. After the election next time he may need it.

I hope so anyway.


8 posted on 06/27/2007 3:33:11 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (http://www.imwithfred.com/index.aspx)
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To: TaxxMann
“China” Mitch McConnell thinks he'll tell us go to hell, vote for amnesty and keep his senate seat

"The following articles and brief summaries create a detailed history of China Mitch,
his wife Chao and their sordid relationships with corporate contributors and foreign governments
at the expense of America and its Citizens the people he was elected to serve but chose to betray."

9 posted on 06/27/2007 3:33:28 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Baladas

Mitch and Kit Bond of Missouri are both accurately described in Matthew 26:48&49.


10 posted on 06/27/2007 3:38:11 PM PDT by em2vn
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To: Baladas
Senate Republican leader

After the last week he's not going to be that for much longer.

Who the Hell ever heard of a party leader voting against the majority of his own party? (wait...the name "Bush" comes to mind...but I digress).

Mr. Sessions has emerged as the clear and loud voice of the Real Republicans - which is amazing, considering he's from the oldest of the Old South.

11 posted on 06/27/2007 3:56:06 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: blam
Oh man, I wish you wouldn't have posted that link. This is the letter I just sent to him. I'm sure this is going to make him VERY angry at me. LOL Too bad, it's too late, because I've already sent it. I do hope you'll come visit me in prison. ;o)

Subject: THE SELLOUT OF AMERICA!

Dear Senator McConnell,

I cannot believe that you would join the likes of Ted Kennedy and the other traitors to America with this shamnesty legislation. It is treason. You know that don't you?

I am very disappointed in you. Even though I don't live in your state I have always liked you and respected you so much, but I feel very betrayed by you and the others who are selling out America to Mexico's criminals.

We have been invaded by another country and your answer is to give those criminals amnesty? Shame on you all.

There must be something in the water in DC that has made so many people lose their minds. You do realize that this insanity will destroy our culture and our way of life, don't you?

The voters of America understand now what we have to do. Obviously, the ones who were booted out of office last election didn't show the other RINOS that we are fed up with "business as usual."

In my life, Senator, I have NEVER seen such arrogance as I've seen coming out of DC over this shamnesty bill. It makes it look like those politicians who support it even though Americans are clearly against it, are being bought by big business!

What you guys seem to forget is that your families for generations to come will suffer right along with ours. None of them will grow up in the same America that you and I have enjoyed, and I resent that more than words can ever say.

I leave you with this thought. Those who are responsible for this injustice, will go down in history as the most hated and despised politicians in the history of America!

Shame on all of you!

by me xxxxxxxxxx

12 posted on 06/27/2007 4:00:26 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: Baladas

STOP AMNESTY NOW!! WE CAN DO IT!!

13 posted on 06/27/2007 4:07:03 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Baladas
Well, it's a national issue. I'll "accuse" him of joining liberal icon Ted Kennedy in this strong-arming as well, because exactly what McConnell is doing.

Accuse hell, he turned down the bed before he got in it with Ted. The good people of Kentucky need to retire this clown.

14 posted on 06/27/2007 4:55:30 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: gubamyster; All

Just say NO to Illegal Alien Amnesty!! Keep calling!! It’s NOT OVER!! THIS IS VITAL!!

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121

White House comments: (202) 456-1111

Find your House Rep.: http://www.house.gov/writerep

Find your US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Toll free to the US Senate:

1-800-882-2005. (Spanish number)
1-800-417-7666. (English number)

Courtesy of a pro-amnesty group, no less!!

(Gubamyster, or anyone else, please send to your ping lists, if possible! Thanks!)


15 posted on 06/27/2007 5:38:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Keep calling. Can China Mitch be recalled?


16 posted on 06/27/2007 6:25:04 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: aalf; aaronkinney; AaronThompson; Abrams_HA; aCDNinUSA; AFMobster; airdalechief; ...
BLUEGRASS PING
17 posted on 06/27/2007 9:06:10 PM PDT by RonPaulLives (I won't be a neo-pawn in the game.)
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To: org.whodat; RonPaulLives
"The good people of Kentucky need to retire this clown."

Don't worry. We're working on it, Right RPL?


18 posted on 06/27/2007 9:18:26 PM PDT by BlueOneGolf (The 2nd Amendment...America's ORIGINAL Homeland Security! http://www.ar15.com)
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To: BlueOneGolf

There’s not a prayer Mitch will lose an election in Kentucky. Mitch owns Kentucky, and there are few better conservatives than Mitch. In the end, the amnesty bill will fail, and no matter how he votes, it will very likely be Mitch’s behind-the-scenes doing.


19 posted on 06/27/2007 9:25:40 PM PDT by Saint Reagan
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To: Saint Reagan

I’d tend to agree with you, but everything hinges on tomorrow at 10 AM my FRiend.


20 posted on 06/27/2007 9:27:49 PM PDT by BlueOneGolf (The 2nd Amendment...America's ORIGINAL Homeland Security! http://www.ar15.com)
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To: Baladas
Congratulation KY!! You did your country real proud today! After hearing McConnell's statement after the vote, I am so proud of all of you! Thank you.
21 posted on 06/28/2007 12:45:35 PM PDT by gidget7 ( Vote for the Arsenal of Democracy, because America RUNS on Duncan!)
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To: Baladas

I think he had his personal life in play with this one, given who he’s married to, and thats why he had the position he took.

On any other topic, he’s been pretty good, especially since last Novembers butt whippin.


22 posted on 06/28/2007 12:46:53 PM PDT by Badeye ("In 2 weeks, I join the list of UNEMPLOYED". ...Goldi-Lox (karma comes around))
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To: Badeye; BlueOneGolf; Dante3; RonPaulLives; org.whodat; NRA2BFree; Regulator; Diogenesis; ...
To all you McConnell trolls out there, try reading his statement on the failed immigration bills. You have to realize he's the minority leader, meaning he can't go and alienate a good portion of the party, RINOs or not, or he's very likely to lose votes on other crucial issues. I guarantee you his behind-the-scenes efforts contributed greatly to this bill's failure. Read his statement and ask yourself if you would have rather had Bill Frist, Trent Lott, or Bob Dole as your leader. There are few Republicans more conservative than Mitch (he's opposed Campaign Finance Reform, the stupid Flag Burning Amendment, etc.) and he is a credit to the Republican party. I guess some people just love to troll, though, making stupid claims like he's beholden to the President since his wife is in the cabinet.

McConnell: People’s Will Was Heard from the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Thursday, June 28, 2007

‘We can say with pride that the failure of this bill was not a failure of will or hard work or good intentions’

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Thursday after the Senate failed to invoke cloture on S. 1639 the Immigration Reform bill. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.

“Today is a day of victory and defeat. So many people have poured so much of themselves into this bill over the last weeks and months, and every one of them deserves our thanks and our respect.

“This bill tested the will, and the goodwill, of many people. But it tested some more than others. So first I want to thank those whose position did not prevail.

“Senator Specter’s knowledge of this issue is matched only by his stamina. As the ranking member, he has our admiration and he deserves our thanks.

“Senator Kyl inspired all of us, flying into his state and facing a lot of angry constituents, and the cameras week after week with optimism, patience and good cheer.

“Senator Graham was one of the generals in this effort. He always does what he thinks is right, and Americans admire him for it.

“Senator Martinez was another general. He brought intelligence and tenacity to this debate, and a story that never fails to inspire us.

“Senator Lott’s a great Whip, and a good friend. He’s been in this building more than three decades, but he’s got the energy of a freshman. He’s been a leader and friend: I thank him for it.

“Senator Salazar gave a lot of himself to this debate, a lot of time and no little criticism. Thank you.

“And finally, it’s a marvel of nature to see a man who’s calling in life is obvious to anyone who sees him at his job. Senator Kennedy is such a man. He loves his work, and his passion has inspired us.

“Now I want to thank everyone who opposed the bill.

“Senators Sessions, DeMint, and Vitter got us all to sit up and listen closely to a lot of people who thought they’d been shut out of this debate. They put the rules of this body to work. And I’d take any one of them in a firefight.

“Senator Cornyn, one of the original architects, deserves our thanks. He’s been committed to finding a solution to our nation’s immigration problem for a long time. His contributions on the interior enforcement piece of this bill were a major part of the original compromise. But when he saw it wasn’t a solution he could accept, he told us.

“Senator Chambliss told us what the farmers needed, and we listened. We thank him for his important contributions to the bill.

“Senator Isakson was the author of the trigger concept, which every one now agrees is a good idea.

“To everyone involved in the crafting of this bill, I want to thank you. This was a labor of uncommon intensity. It required will, energy, and patience. And while it strained a lot of bonds, it broke none of them. As the Majority Leader said after the final vote, ‘We’re all still friends here.’

***

“As the elected leader of my conference, I stood here in January and opened this session with a pledge. I knew contentious issues always have a better chance of being solved by divided governments, that immigration reform was within our reach, and I said we should put it in our sights.

“I also knew it was going to have to be bipartisan if we were going to get a bill at all. So everyone I’ve mentioned rolled up their sleeves and got to work. And they put together a bill that represented the best chance we had of getting to our goal.

“But it touched a nerve, and the shock of it shot right through the Senate. It lit up the switchboards here for weeks, and ignited a debate that strained our normal alliances here and at home in our states.

“I heard from a lot of Kentuckians. Thousands of smart, well-informed people called my offices to talk about this bill. They didn’t like the idea of someone being rewarded for a crime, or the impact that this would have on a society whose first rule is the Rule of Law. They didn’t trust the government to suddenly get serious about border control after neglecting it for two decades. And I don’t blame them. I worried about all that too. And to every one of them, I say today: ‘Your voice was heard.’

“A lot of good people came to my office. They argued for positions as diverse as the country itself. They explained their views patiently and with passion. I want to thank them too for informing my thinking and for helping to shape this extraordinary debate.

“My goal from the start has been to move the conference forward, to facilitate debate, to ensure that the minority’s voice was heard to the maximum extent possible. I had hoped there would be a way forward. And as the divisions between supporters and opponents widened, the only way forward, to my mind, was to ensure a fair process. This was the only way to be sure we could improve the status quo, which all of us agreed was indefensible. If every voice was heard, we could be confident our votes reflected the best this body could do.

“I had hoped for a bipartisan accomplishment, and what we got was a bipartisan defeat. The American people made their voices heard, the Senate worked its will, and in the end it was clear that the bill that was crafted did not have the support of the people of Kentucky, it did not have the support of most Americans, it did not have the support of my conference, and it did not have enough support in the Democratic conference, a third of which opposed it.

“This isn’t a day to celebrate. We don’t celebrate when a pressing issue stays unresolved. But we can be confident that we will find a solution to the problems that we’ve tried to address here. Many people have made great personal sacrifices to work on a solution to our broken immigration system. A lot of them exposed themselves to ridicule and contempt.

“And so we can say with pride that the failure of this bill was not a failure of will or hard work or good intentions. Martin Luther King once said that ‘human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men.’ And we can be sure that many good people will step forward again to offer their intelligence, understanding, and their ‘tireless efforts’ when the time comes to face this issue again.

“That time wasn’t now. It wasn’t the people’s will. And they were heard.”

23 posted on 06/28/2007 2:31:29 PM PDT by Saint Reagan
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To: Saint Reagan; All

I’m not sure if you think I am/was a “McConnell troll”, but I did think as head of the minority party in the Senate, he was what to focus on. He’d been avoiding any discussion about amnesty all week, and I found that puzzling.

But he came through, even a little late. He’s Kentucky’s problem now, but that statement was brillant IMO - he’s no Lindsey Graham.


24 posted on 06/28/2007 2:57:39 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Saint Reagan
They are all guilt of not enforcing the law and allowing 12-20 million illegals to be in this country in the first place.

Where's the Illegal Immigrant Deportation Bill if these good senators are so trust worthy??

25 posted on 06/28/2007 4:24:29 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border then, Introduce an Illegal Immigrant Deportation Bill)
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To: blam

You know as well as I do a deportation bill would never pass. Furthermore it’s not even needed, since it’s currently the law of the land! If the executive branch is ignoring the current law which requires deportation, what would attempt to pass a law that would not even change the current law help? Moreover it would hurt, since it would likely go down in flames (maybe a 80-19 failure) and also entrench RINOs in the Democrat camp on this issue. That would just be bad political strategy. One of the pitfalls of democracy is that you sometime have to be a little more subtle and strategic than in a dictatorship. Still, I’ll take democracy.


26 posted on 06/28/2007 4:43:02 PM PDT by Saint Reagan
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To: Saint Reagan
claims like he's beholden to the President since his wife is in the cabinet.

Well I never said that, but you do have a point, he may very well be. AS it sands though his public inaction speaks louder than you do. And you can take your statement about trolls and stuff it. There is something call freedom of speech, are you and Mcconnell against that also.

27 posted on 06/28/2007 4:51:53 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: org.whodat

Does freedom of speech mean not correcting inaccuracies? Did I challenge your right to make outrageous statements, or just challenge the substance (or lack thereof) of what you said?


28 posted on 06/28/2007 4:59:37 PM PDT by Saint Reagan
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To: Saint Reagan

So, it’s just too hard, huh?


29 posted on 06/28/2007 5:01:06 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border then, Introduce an Illegal Immigrant Deportation Bill)
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To: Cedric

For your McConnell scrapbook...


30 posted on 06/28/2007 5:03:06 PM PDT by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: blam
It's irrelevant as I explained earlier:
  1. It is already the law that they be deported.
  2. Passing the same law twice does nothing.
  3. The executive branch is already choosing to ignore the law. What would change?
  4. Why entrench Republicans who voted "no" today into the Democrat camp on this issue?
There's your answer.
31 posted on 06/28/2007 5:11:02 PM PDT by Saint Reagan
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To: TaxxMann
really... you don't say???

Thats good to know!! HA!

32 posted on 06/28/2007 5:27:29 PM PDT by CourtneyLeigh (Why can't all of America be Commonwealth?)
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To: NRA2BFree
I love your letter! On the KY Board I've been promoting the fact that since Congress is pulling Tyranny on our Constitution and USA; we as a people have the dutiful obligation to act on behalf of our side of the Constitutional Agreement....,

RIGHT?

33 posted on 06/28/2007 5:29:58 PM PDT by CourtneyLeigh (Why can't all of America be Commonwealth?)
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To: CourtneyLeigh
I love your letter! On the KY Board I've been promoting the fact that since Congress is pulling Tyranny on our Constitution and USA; we as a people have the dutiful obligation to act on behalf of our side of the Constitutional Agreement....,

RIGHT?

Thanks! I don't suppose he appreciated it. LOL

They lost big today, but for the RINOS, it's just the beginning of their nightmare. Hopefully, we've all learned a lesson about settling for "the lesser of two evils." We almost lost the Republic today because of it. Had the vote gone the other way, I honestly think people would have died.

Praise God for giving us a second chance. He answered a lot of prayers today. Now we have to stand vigilant to make sure we keep resisting those until the day we can boot them out of office.

34 posted on 06/28/2007 6:58:39 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves!")
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To: org.whodat; Saint Reagan

I agree with org.whodat.....you can take your statement about trolls and stick it up your backside. You pinged me in your message “to all you McConnell trolls out there,” so I assume that is what you think about me. And, according to your profile page, you are a 24-year-old kid who has lived outside the country for the past two years? Whatever. I have lived my entire life in this state, have been active in Kentucky state politics for 13 years and know all than I need to know about McConnell.


35 posted on 06/28/2007 9:20:17 PM PDT by RonPaulLives (I won't be a neo-pawn in the game.)
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To: RonPaulLives

Not that it should matter, but I had been serving in the military and the profile is two years outdated. I am back in Kentucky. I’m glad you enjoyed staying here your entire life. You ought to realize what an asset McConnell is to this state.


36 posted on 06/28/2007 10:42:40 PM PDT by Saint Reagan
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To: Saint Reagan

Well if you have been serving in the military, then I thank you for your service. I realize that McConnell has his positives and negatives.


37 posted on 06/29/2007 5:04:49 AM PDT by RonPaulLives (I won't be a neo-pawn in the game.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dude - you are relentless! Thanks!!

Thank you for your service!

38 posted on 06/29/2007 5:17:52 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (We stand on the bridge and no one may pass. We go into the dark places....)
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To: Saint Reagan

‘To all you McConnell trolls ‘

I don’t know where you got this notion, why you pinged me with this insult, or who the hell you are.

I live in OHIO. Got it?

McConnell is the Senator from Kentucky. Got it?

Sheesh. He’s done a good job on other political matters since the new congress opened up, but was 100% wrong on this particular matter.


39 posted on 06/29/2007 6:35:33 AM PDT by Badeye ("In 2 weeks, I join the list of UNEMPLOYED". ...Goldi-Lox (karma comes around))
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To: RonPaulLives

You go RPL!!


40 posted on 06/29/2007 8:17:50 PM PDT by CourtneyLeigh (Why can't all of America be Commonwealth?)
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To: NRA2BFree

Amen!


41 posted on 06/29/2007 8:18:38 PM PDT by CourtneyLeigh (Why can't all of America be Commonwealth?)
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