- The Washington Times - Monday, July 2, 2007

Lieberman’s choice

Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, is praising Republican presidential candidates Sen. John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani for not blindly following their political base on issues such as immigration and abortion.

Mr. Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, said yesterday on ABC’s “This Week” that he is not ready to endorse a Republican for the 2008 race. But he made clear his disappointment with the Democratic candidates because of their positions against the war in Iraq.

“I’m not going to make my selection of who to support for president in ‘08 based on party,” said Mr. Lieberman, who, despite his status as an independent, caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.

“I’m going to choose to support whichever of the candidates I think will be the best president of the United States to protect our security against the threat of Islamist terrorism and to rebuild America’s economy, health care system, environment and education system,” he said.

Immigration advice

“In Washington, it is easier to pass a bad bill than a good bill. That’s practically a law. But as Washington learned last week, there is such a thing as a bill so bad that even Congress can’t pass it. So the Kennedy-Kyl Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill tanked, as it most assuredly deserved to do,” San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders writes.

“Advice to Washington politicians who want to pass a bill that grants citizenship to some illegal immigrants: Don’t call it ‘reform.’ Reform is supposed to curb abuse, not codify it,” the writer said.

“Don’t call your bill ‘comprehensive’ — when in fact it is clearly designed to do everything but craft solid policy, and loaded with amendments to sell voters on the window dressing of beefed-up enforcement likely to be administered by officials with only a passing interest in deterring cheap labor from coming across the border.

“If you are going to tell people you want to grant citizenship to otherwise-law-abiding illegal immigrants, you need to be consistent. An amendment by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to make illegal immigrants who ignored deportation orders or used fraudulent documents ineligible for legal status failed last month by a 51-46 vote.

“More advice: Wait until you’ve ramped up border enforcement and then take a stab at broadening citizenship.”

Call the lawyers

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said yesterday he is ready to go to court if the White House resists subpoenas for information on the firing of federal prosecutors.

“If they don’t cooperate, yes, I’ll go that far,” said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat. He was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether he would seek a congressional vote on contempt citations if President Bush did not comply. That move would push the matter to court.

“They’ve chosen confrontation rather than compromise or cooperation,” Mr. Leahy said. “The bottom line is, in the U.S. attorney investigation, we have people manipulating law enforcement. Law enforcement can’t be partisan.”

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