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Monday, December 13, 2004

Hillary Gets It Right

From today's Washington Times:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is staking out a position on illegal immigration that is more conservative than President Bush, a strategy that supporters and detractors alike see as a way for the New York Democrat to shake the "liberal" label and appeal to traditionally Republican states....

"Bush has done everything he can to leave the doors wide open," said Robert Kunst, president of, a group dedicated to drafting Mrs. Clinton to run for president. "Hillary is the only one taking a position on immigration. She will win that issue hands down...."

With the vast majority of Americans in polls viewing illegal immigration as a serious problem, Mrs. Clinton also could make deep inroads in the conservative red states, especially those in the South that the Democrats have largely written off in recent presidential campaigns.

While I object to the notion that this is a "more conservative" position than President Bush's for reasons already noted, it is my point exactly. You can read the rest of the article here.