Jim Boulet On The Senate Lunch And The Enron Lobbyist
June 13, 2007, 02:53 AM
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English First`s Jim Boulet writes from Washington on what`s going on with the Axis of Amnesty. I like the part about the victory lap. (Everything below the line is by Jim Boulet. Read more here.)


Amnesty bill update (June 12, 2007) Quote of the day

MR. SNOW: Well, I`m telling you, we think we`ve got the votes to get cloture and we think that this bill is going to get a vote on the Senate floor. (June 12, 2007)

Senate Luncheon: amnesty on the menu

Today, President Bush has lunch with Republican Senators on their turf for the first time since 2001. (There was also a White House Senate luncheon in 2005.) Perhaps this was scheduled as a victory lap. Instead it became a lobbying session. Via the White House web site:

We`ve got to convince the American people that this bill is the best way to enforce our border. I believe without the bill that it`s going to be harder to enforce the border. The status quo was unacceptable. I want to thank those senators on both sides of the aisle who understand the time is now to move a comprehensive piece of legislation."
As we suspected: "Reid said he could be persuaded to bring the immigration bill back to the Senate floor as soon as the end of next week." Why? "Saying that 80% of Democrats support the bill and 86% of Republicans oppose it, Reid said he had no intention of taking up the bill until the GOP leadership has "25 votes or so" for the legislation. "I`m not dancing that tune again," he said. (Via the Los Angeles Times)


Ed Gillespie returns to the White House.

Gillespie earned his spurs as a true blue Bush loyalist when he famously told a group of conservatives that complaints about the nomination of Bush crony Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court "has a whiff of sexism and a whiff of elitism."

In 1982, Gillespie was student at Catholic University of America, a Senate parking lot attendant and a Democrat, when he learned of an internship in then-Congressman Andy Ireland`s office.

In March of 1984, according to Gillespie`s book, Winning Right: "Representative Ireland announces that he will seek re-election as a Republican, switching parties. I switch with him." For a time in 1984, Gillespie worked part time at the Republican National Committee phone bank, a phone bank closed earlier this month due to complaints by rank and file Republicans about the Bush immigration policy.

By 2002, Gillespie was a Washington lobbyist fending off inquiries about one of his firm`s former clients, Enron. That little problem did not keep him from being named chairman of the Republican National Committee by President Bush for the 2003-2004 election cycle

In 2005, Gillespie teamed up with Dick Armey to establish Americans for Border and Economic Security, to support the Bush immigration plan. He sought to raise $3 million from companies like "Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Microsoft Corp," in sums between $50,000 and $250,000.

The White House decision to hire Gillespie as "counselor to the president" suggest the battle over immigration policy has just begun.