Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Rudy Giuliani and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at Los Angeles County Sheriff Heaquarters, Monterey Park, California, March 5, 2007. Photo by Flap.
I believe Rudy Giuliani has been quiet about this immigration deal because of a simple political problem: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold, like the president, is prepared to embrace darn near any deal labeled “comprehensive immigration reform.” It has been reported that Arnold is leaning toward supporting Rudy. If Rudy were to harshly criticize this deal, he could lose Arnold’s support to John McCain. So, Rudy has decided to remain fairly quiet on the subject.
Possible but a doubtful analysis.
More than likely Rudy has remained quiet because he is smart enough not to react to news reports on an important policy decision. After all, the draft legislation was not made available (all 1,000 pages of it) until the weekend. Why not wait and make an informed principled position.
Now that the bill has been put off by the Senate leaders there will be ample time to debate the details and policy issues.
With regards to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s endorsement, Flap does not believe it hinges on an issue as arcane as illegal immigration. Arnold is a pragmatist and if it benefits the Governator, he will endorse that candidate.
Self interest rather than illegal immigration will steer Arnold’s Presidential pick – if any.
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