Thursday, December 2, 2010

Daily Kos criticizes Tester, Baucus for "cowardice"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 4:00 PM

The top story on political news aggregator Daily Kos earlier today took something of a pot-shot at Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus over their lack of involvement on the issue of immigration reform. Specifically, Kos writer/publisher Markos Moulitsas Zúniga critiqued Tester and Baucus' lack of action on the Democrat-backed DREAM Act that seeks to offer citizenship to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children if they enroll in college or join the armed forces. In his eyes, apparently, Montana's delegation has caved to localized "wingnut hysteria" when it comes to the battle over DREAM or comprehensive immigration reform, the Republican alternative that would crack down on illegal immigration instead of making offers of citizenship.

Kos' argument stemmed from a recent Montana poll that focused primarily on Tester's potential weakness in the 2012 election. Should Tester back the DREAM Act in Congress, the poll indicated, conservatives would overwhelmingly vote against him. But, as the article points out, "they're not going to vote for him anyway. Moderates are the real battleground, and he comes out slightly ahead, at worse."

Earlier in November, Politico included Tester near the top of its Republican hit list for 2012. The Kos poll clearly shows that if Tester wants to get off that list, conservatives would prefer he back comprehensive immigration reform over DREAM.

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