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Five Democrat Senators vote against amnesty—but guess who doesn’t?

Written By | Sep 21, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., September 21, 2014 — The Daily Caller reported Friday that Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., pressured five Senate Democrats to vote with the entire Republican caucus on an amendment that would have barred the president from spending any money to implement his amnesty plan. That plan would include granting work permits and residency cards to four-million or more illegal immigrants.

That number is roughly the same as the number of young Americans who will begin looking for work next year. Amid studies that have shown that the net increase in jobs since 2000 have gone to immigrants rather than to native-born Americans, it’s not hard to see why Americans oppose amnesty.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, not running for re-election, signaled that he would not support the Reid spending bill that Sessions was seeking to amend. The four seeking re-election who joined Sessions and Manchin were North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen, Arkansas’ Mark Pryor and Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu.

All of them are in big trouble. But who was absent from that list? Who supported amnesty?

Colorado’s own Mark Udall.

Perhaps that should read, “Obama’s own Mark Udall.” Udall votes in lockstep with whatever the administration and Harry Reid wants.

Like most Democrats this cycle, Udall has been trying to hide the fact that he is a rabid supporter of the Obama agenda. During a trip to Denver that the fundraiser-in-chief made in June on Udall’s behalf, the senator declined to be seen in public with him. No matter: there are plenty of previous photos to make the point.

Udall is solidly in the environmentalist camp, and they’re spending a lot of money on his behalf. He’s come out strongly in favor of alternate energy, especially wind. He votes against the Keystone Pipeline. And yes, he’s lockstep in support of the (un)Affordable Care Act. The list goes on and on.

But Udall is not running on the issues. He can’t. He’s far to the left of anyone in Colorado outside of Boulder. Instead he has spent his time attacking his opponent, Cory Gardner.

His attacks come straight out of the by now well-used Democratic playbook. Gardner is supposedly anti-woman. The problem for Udall is that his attacks are blatantly false and the “War on Women” narrative is falling flat. Rasmussen polling this week shows that 59 percent of likely voters recognize the “war on women” as primarily a political slogan with no real inherent meaning. Moreover, 36 percent of women voters say the most important issue for them is the economy, not birth control.

More recently, Udall’s campaign released an ad that seeks to position Udall as single-handedly securing disaster relief for the victims of flooding in northern Colorado. In fact, Gardner and every one of the Colorado delegation in both Houses of Congress supported it.

And that’s about as positive as it gets. The playbook contains just two plays: smear your opponent, and raise fears in the minds of voters.

What ever happened to hope and change?

Udall is afraid that if people are looking for hope, they’ll want a change.


Al Maurer

Al Maurer is a political scientist and founder of The Voice of Liberty. He writes on topics of limited government and individual rights.