Terry McAuliffe—who parlayed his alliance with the Clintons into a Fellini-esque reign as DNC chairman—is currently a chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid. Liberal author/blogger David Neiwert thinks that's a problem, after hearing McAuliffe answer a question on immigration like this:
We've got to shut these borders down. These people shouldn't be coming in this country. We need to enforce our border protections. We have to do something for the people who have been here for years and have paid taxes—you know, we're for the people who have been in this country and paying taxes and raising their family. But for the people who have not been here, who have been here illegally and have taken advantage of the situation, we need to have a plan to get them back to the countries they came from, and more important, which is the first thing John talks about, we have gotta shut these borders down. I couldn't agree more.
Hillary's PR shop quickly distanced the candidate from her strategist. Sure enough, she's a little left of McAuliffe on the issue, echoing his fears of Mexicans pouring through the black gates Arizona desert while supporting health care and services for illegal immigrants in the U.S. It's tempting to whack at McAuliffe, who's absolutely one of the slitheriest Democratic consultants to ever tie a Windsor knot. But he's a creature of polling, so expect more Democrats talking like this as they campaign in lily-white primary states.