Milbank Misplays The Race Card
I submit that, not only does Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank unfairly play the race card against Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions; in his myopic view, he totally fails to see where and how it actually should be played on the issue of illegal immigration.
WaPo columnist Dana Milbank headlines: Forget Politics. This Battle Is Personal
Alabama’s Jeff Sessions sure knows how to nurse a grudge. Talking about his family earlier this year, the Republican senator recalled that "Lincoln killed one of them at Antietam."
Now he is turning his prodigious anger on legislation the Senate is expected to approve on Thursday that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to become citizens. In the process, Sessions is taking on the White House, his leaders in the Senate, the Congressional Budget Office and business interests at home.
"This bill is one of the worst pieces of legislation to come before the Senate," he proclaimed at a news conference yesterday, his second on the topic in as many weeks. He paused, unsatisfied with that superlative. "It’s the worst piece of legislation to come before the Senate since I’ve been here."
This is absolutely political and were I from the South, I might take offense at Milbank’s choice of lede. It’s at least plausible that by highlighting Senator Session’s Southern roots while introducing the immigration issue, Milbank could be accused of subtly suggesting Sessions has racist motivations.
After all, isn’t that the same prodigious anger Milbank clearly states Sessions is turning against immigration legislation? Read it again without the break.
Alabama’s Jeff Sessions sure knows how to nurse a grudge. Talking about his family earlier this year, the Republican senator recalled that "Lincoln killed one of them at Antietam." Now he is turning his prodigious anger on legislation the Senate is expected to approve on Thursday that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to become citizens.
What Milbank fails to take into account is the incredible anger many Americans, North and South, Black, White, Brown and Red are feeling at this atrocious undermining of the value of American citizenship. And although it’s spelled out for him in his own story, Milbank misses the point as to where the race card could justifiably be played.
Linda Scott of PBS’s "NewsHour" pointed out that the Alabama Farmers Federation takes the opposite view.
The senator fired back: "They want cheap labor and they’re not considering the interest of the United States of America."
Cheap farm labor? Of a different color and at a lower wage? Come on, Mr. Milbank. If you are such a keen observer of things, why don’t you call a spade a spade? Or is that Mexican in this case?
Between special interest groups served by a growing underclass and big business special interests intent on maintaining a steady supply of cheap labor, it’s apparent to many in this debate who has the interests of America in their heart … and who is simply looking for access to the 2006 equivalent of, or next best thing to slaves.