Dave Weigel at Slate reports:
Today’s extended hearing on the immigration bill is about as crowded as you’d expect….
The robust media presence came in handy when Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy picked up a theme of the last 96 hours, asking that anyone with thoughts about Boston’s bombing and its possible relevance to immigration should keep them to himself.
“Let no one be so cruel as to try to use the heinous acts of two young men last week to derail the dreams and futures of millions of hardworking people,” said Leahy. “A nation as strong as ours can welcome the oppressed and persecuted without making compromises on our security.”
One of those cruel people was, of course, Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley.
“I want you to take note of the fact that when you proposed gun legislation, I didn’t accuse you of taking advantage of the Norristown (sic) situation as an excuse,” snapped Grassley when he got his chance to respond….
A source with a long memory—by D.C. standards, that is “a memory that goes back more than 30 days”—had some qualms with Sen. Chuck Grassley’s tut-tutting at the start of today’s immigration hearing. “When you proposed gun legislation, we did not accuse you of using the [Newtown] killings as an excuse,” Grassley had said.
But he really did accuse Democrats of using Newtown as a launchpad for gun legislation. “Although Newtown and Tucson are terrible tragedies,” he said on Jan. 30, “the deaths in Newtown should not be used to put forward every gun control measure that has been floating around for years. The problem is greater than guns alone.”
Grassley was following the path of Sen. Ted Cruz; the two of them would end up co-sponsoring a “compromise” gun amendment that was introduced as part of the long, successful stop-gun-control fight. “What I don’t think is constructive is what the president is doing right now,” said Cruz on Jan. 20. “Within minutes of that horrible tragedy in Newtown, the president began trying to exploit that tragedy to push a gun control agenda that is designed to appeal to partisans.”…
Bonus Rand Paul video at the link, if you’re trying to stay on your diet. IOKIYAR!