Does Barak Obama Support Driver's Licenses for Illegals?
About two months ago I wrote an SC Diary titled: Does Hillary Clinton Support Driver’s Licenses for Illegals? .
Several weeks after my Diary, at a national debate, HRC walked into my exact question posed by Tim Russert. We all know what happened next: She dissembled at the debate, was much criticized for not taking a definitive position, and it became a big issue in the campaign. Polls showed that even in NY State 75% of the public was against Spitzer’s plan and he is now one unpopular Governor. After several weeks HRC gave in on the issue by instructing Gov. Spitzer (who complied) to make a statement saying he is no longer for the plan. Then, at the next debate following Spitzer‘s change of mind, in response to the very same question about driver‘s licenses for illegals, HRC answered: “No“, she is now against the plan. Aside from noting how prescient your diarist Sandbox was about this then upcoming campaign issue, is there anything else to be said about issuing driver’s licenses for illegals?
Follow this: You will recall that at the same debate where HRC managed to say “No” the question of licenses for illegals was also asked of Barak Obama. After a series of unresponsive back-and-forths between Obama and debate moderator Wolf Blitzer, Obama finally gave in and answered the question. He said “yes”. He favored granting driver’s licenses to illegals. This is now on video tape.
At the time of his response, except for making Obama look somewhat silly, it didn’t much matter what Obama said about driver‘s licenses, because the conventional wisdom held that HRC would be easily nominated as the Dem candidate. Now the race between HRC and Obama has become closer. So the press and campaign ops are looking at Obama’s personal history. This week one of HRC’s operatives in New Hampshire said there might be things about Obama we don’t know that will sink him in the general election against those nasty Repubs, who will bring out any personal dirty laundry and/or policy faux pas which can be found.
But the Repubs don’t have to go back to Barak Obama’s teenage years, or college times, or his office tenure in the Illinois State Senate to find something to discredit Obama in the general election. All they have to do is go back about four weeks to Obama’s statement where he clearly said he favored Gov. Spitzer’s plan to give driver’s licenses to illegals. Expect HRC’s campaign to point this out.