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Saturday, April 15, 2006

 

Castle gives a lesson on how to speak without saying anything

If anyone doubts that Michael "Fake Moderate" Castle is a slippery two-faced politician just read this bit on immigration from the Cape Gazette.

While most of the illegal immigrants who enter the United States do so for the purposes of finding work and making a better life, it is important that we establish procedures to prevent terrorists and other criminals from taking advantage of our porous borders, said Castle. “In addition to securing our borders, it is also essential that we develop a realistic strategy for managing the large number of illegal immigrants who are already living and working in our communities. Several of my colleagues, including Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have introduced bills establishing temporary worker programs and I believe Congress should vote on these proposals as soon as possible.

But how would you vote on temporary worker programs Mike? We still don't know.

Castle leaves the question open and says enough pleasant sounding things that nearly anyone (from G Rex to Liz Allen) can project their views onto what he is saying. You'd have a better chance grabbing a handful of steam than you have grasping Castle's vaporous position on immigration.

Contrast Castle's slippery politicking with this straightforward, no nonsense statement from Dennis Spivack:

I do not support the current bill that just passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with regard to 11 million illegal immigrants. That bill is basically a blanket amnesty program, which is unacceptable.

You may not agree with Dennis Spivack, but at least you will know where he stands on the issue.

Comments:
Now I'm outta here for real. I could not leave without mentioning the two statements.
 
I believe Congress should vote on these proposals as soon as possible.

This is deep Washington insider-ese meaning that Mike supports the position supported by the vote count at the time he said it. And the subtext is "hurry up and vote, because our side is starting to lose."

But jason is right; I still don't know what Mike believes about amnesty or guestworker programs. It's like asking Alan Greenspan if he's going to raise interest rates or not.
 
I believe Congress should vote on these proposals as soon as possible.

This is deep Washington insider-ese meaning that Mike supports the position supported by the vote count at the time he said it. And the subtext is "hurry up and vote, because our side is starting to lose."

But jason is right; I still don't know what Mike believes about amnesty or guestworker programs. It's like asking Alan Greenspan if he's going to raise interest rates or not.
 
As a Republican I have heard Castle speak numerous times and have watched his occasional speeches aired on C-Span. Like Tom Carper he has the truly unique ability to speak at length literally without saying one thing of substance, much less that shows coherent thought.

Once I even consciously focused intensely on a Castle speech so that I could evaluate what, if anything, he actually said that I could take away or maybe learn. I had a heck of a time, not so much because of what he said or didn't, say but less than a minute after the speech ended I couldn't remember a damn thing he said. It was the most stunning non-speech I ever sat through and left me burning with one question for the Congressman : 'can I have the last 25 minutes of my life back?'

The guy is useless and wishy-washy. It is no wonder this state keeps him in office. I am beginning to find the judgment of the voters of this state borders on mild retardation.
 
Mild? You give the voters too much credit.
 
Then what does he support?
 
mild retardation!!!
now that we are getting taken to the cleaners thanks to our long-term pols we have shaken out the cob-webs some and I do think that people will be paying much more attention in the months leading up to November.
Wallet woes trump all the placations and sleepy yawns normally set aside for the political system.

This year the fires are set and I intend to fan them...decleansweep is nearing production and we are calling all Delawareans to help field candidates against the Incumbent party..and then , of course, to pull the anything but an incumbent lever (in all but a few cases: to be fair there are a few good eggs in office).

The decleansweep is one stop shopping of incumbent reviews with the facts of their voting activity so everyone can come to their own conclusions and vote accordingly.
 
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