Immigration Winds

There are differing viewpoints on who the winner is in the Joe Wilson shout out of the President. Conventional wisdom says the moment was good for ObamaCare because it shows how nasty those evil Republicans are, while the President had a great opportunity to show that he is above the fray.
Democratic leaders are planning a House vote early next week on whether to admonish Republican Rep. Joe Wilson if he does not apologize on the House floor for yelling "You lie!" during President Barack Obama's health care address.
That's the upside for Democrats - a chance to make the GOP look bad. The upside for the GOP, however, is that the post-speech discussion has not focused on the President's spin. "You Lie" has become a bit of a Professor Gates moment, sucking the wind out of the post speech breeze for the White House.
Senators closing in on a comprehensive health care bill have whittled away all but the most contentious issues and one of those loomed large Friday: coverage for illegal immigrants.
Illegal immigration is on the agenda, with Democrats now forced to concede that Joe Wilson was correct - the President was not telling the truth.
Negotiators on the Senate Finance Committee thought they'd already resolved the question. That was before Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's shout of "You lie!" as President Barack Obama said in a speech Wednesday that illegal immigrants wouldn't be covered under his health plan.
On the NBC Nightly News last night, they actually did a segment on illegal immigrants and the health care bill, offering that Democrats concede there are some problems.
"What we are trying to prevent is anyone who is here illegally from getting any federal benefit," said Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., a member of the so-called Gang of Six of three Democratic and three Republican members of the Finance Committee. The group is facing a deadline early next week to produce a bipartisan deal.
Well, Jeez... I wonder why such an effort is needed - I thought the House version had that one all buttoned up.
This weekend will be critical as aides and lawmakers themselves hammer out language not just on illegal immigration, but also a handful of other thorny issues including abortion, medical malpractice and how much states must pay for an expansion of Medicaid.
Here's one person hoping for those talks to breakdown yet again.