Whip-cracking Hillary Clinton (call her Hillary Buchanan) wants a "border czar." In a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Clinton, D-N.Y., wrote this week: "National security and, in particular, security at our borders, must continue to be paramount."
Catch no. 1: Sen. Clinton only wants a border czar for the border between the United States and Canada, despite the fact that the vast majority of illegal border-crossers come from the south.
Catch no. 2: Though stipulating that national security must be "paramount," Sen. Clinton also insists that the Bush administration "be sensitive" to "tourism and the regional economy" -- which is why she opposes a quite reasonable Homeland Security plan to mandate the use of passports for travelers entering the U.S. from Canada or Mexico.
Imposing this security measure on short-term visitors would put needed pressure on both of our neighbors to shore up their ID validation systems. Entry into this country is a privilege, not a right. Yet, border dominatrix Hillary opposes the rule.
Now, before my fellow conservatives get all outraged about Hillary's politically calculated doublespeak on border security, here's another catch: President Bush has the exact same position as Hillary. When he learned about the passport requirement plan earlier this month -- a plan he signed into law last December as part of the so-called intelligence reform bill -- he worried that it could "disrupt the honest flow of traffic." After expressing ignorance about his own policies, Bush ordered State and Homeland Security to reconsider the passport rules.
What a pair: Sen. Conniver and President Clueless. Pick your poison. Either way, we're committing national suicide.
I have said often that the only thing saving the Republicans on the immigration issue is the Democrats' stupidity. No more. Hillary may only be playing dress-up on border security, but that's far more than most of the cowering GOP elite in Washington is willing to do. And she's not alone among Democrats who are beginning to exploit the White House's vulnerability. Sounding positively O'Reillyian, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., complained that an agricultural illegal alien amnesty bill sponsored by GOP Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and defeated last week would have been a "huge magnet" for illegal immigration. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., sponsored a successful amendment funding Border Patrol agents, immigration investigators and interior enforcement agents that the Bush administration had shortchanged.