OK, not so much a shocker because … well, it’s true. But Matthews, reverting to his early talk show host form, takes a shot at the Democrats progressive agenda for 2011, and illegal immigration is the eye of the impending storm. Says Matthews, “I don’t trust the Democrats when it comes to stopping illegal immigration”. There’s a lot to digest here my little “hostage takers” but suffice it to say .. he plays Hardball with progressives.
Matthews kicks off his interview with Richard Wolffe and Karen Finney with the question of the day … what will be the progressive’s agenda in 2010. Immigration,Cap and Trade, protecting the social programs passed in 2010. But what Matthews is really fishing for is a new social welfare program, and with these guests, as Matthews says, he comes up with zero. When Wolffe objects and says immigration is a social reform, Matthews bites and in the process exposes the progressives to progressives, the fact that Democrats really don’t want to stop the flow of illegals into the US. He’s right and it makes for surprisingly entertaining tele.
He’s right of course. But lest you think he’s anything but a progressive himself, you would be wrong. He wants to see a “positive” progressive agenda and what he doesn’t want is to see the Democrats become the very thing he and other Democrats hammered the Republicans for, becoming the party of no, which of course is exactly what they will become. Standing on principle?
UPDATE: You would think I would check AP before writing this stuff. Analysis on the Matthews rant from the man:
What he’s actually doing here, whether he means to or not, is making the case against the DREAM Act. It’s not that the subjects of that bill are unsympathetic — they’re probably the most sympathetic subset of America’s illegal alien population — but rather that because the left is transparently opposed to serious border enforcement, the right can’t afford to make any unilateral concessions on this issue. Period, full stop. In fact, Matthews could have and should have completed his thought by exploring the many wonderful little obstruction techniques that amnesty shills will use to roll back the enforcement part if/when a comprehensive immigration bill ever passes.