Monday, May 28, 2007

Duckworth wants another go?

Tammy Duckworth wants to take another run at that 6th District seat:
In 2008, Duckworth's turnout could be boosted by powerful coattails: Sen. Dick Durbin, who first persuaded Duckworth to run, will be leading the state ballot, and White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama will either be the presidential or vice presidential nominee or campaigning on behalf of the national ticket. In addition, Roskam would be running without the fund-raising juice of the House speaker, who in 2006 was Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
(via SCAM) Makes sense, they do say the first reelection cycle is the hardest in the House, and I can't imagine Roskam's pro-war positions are going to look better in '08.

Last time around Duckworth endured a barrage of negative ads from Roskam that accused her of favoring "amnesty" for illegal immigrants. That issue isn't going anywhere, either, but there I doubt things are changing in a way that benefits Duckworth. If she wants to run in '08, she should start making critical statements about the current immigration bill, probably sooner rather than later.

The Kyl-Kennedy bill is bad policy because it allows way too many guest workers. Guest workers depress overall wages on the labor market, so the law would be bad for working people. And because there is no path to citizenship, the guest workers would be basically indentured servants -- not much better off, really, than they are now as illegal immigrants. What's to like? If Duckworth were to speak out against it, she'd be arguing on the side of the angels and she'd be inoculating herself politically for next year. Something to look for.

2 comments:

So-Called Austin Mayor said...

"Guest workers depress overall wages on the labor market, so the law would be bad for working people. And because there is no path to citizenship, the guest workers would be basically indentured servants -- not much better off, really, than they are now as illegal immigrants."

The guest worker provision is designed to create a permanent non-citizen underclass. And we've already seen how well that policy works in Europe -- especially in France.
e.g. http://tinyurl.com/oc58r

-- SCAM

Rob said...

And that appeals to Bush, sure, I can see that. But I hope we see lots more pushback from Dems.