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Reid: Jeb Bush has ‘made a fool of himself’ on immigration


Paul Takahashi

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks with media after his tour of Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

Political America has been in a bit of an uproar over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s assertion in his new book that immigration reform need not include a pathway to citizenship.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid added his voice to the surprised chorus Tuesday, suggesting that Bush, once a leading voice in the Republican party for immigration reform, is embarrassingly irrelevant to the ongoing national conversation on the subject.

“His opinion on immigration is not evolving, it’s devolving. He keeps going backwards,” Reid said Tuesday afternoon. “I think he’s, frankly, made a fool of himself in the last 24 hours.”

Bush’s sentiments about citizenship for immigrants was an apparent backpedal for a figure who was seen as one of the most moderate voices in the Republican party on immigration.

Reid used to praise Bush for his input. But on Tuesday, he turned that praise instead to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the outspoken immigration advocate of whose specific positions Reid has previously been sharply critical.

More recently, however, Rubio joined a group of bipartisan senators drafting an immigration bill, in the process endorsing the idea that certain undocumented immigrants deserve a pathway to citizenship.

“Frankly, on this issue, I don’t think Jeb Bush is a Florida leader; I think Marco Rubio is,” Reid said.

Senators are expected to unveil their draft immigration bill later this month.

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  1. "Reid: Jeb Bush has 'made a fool of himself' on immigration issue"

    While Reid makes a fool of himself on a daily basis on any given subject.

    Congress hasn't a clue one way or another.

  2. It would be virtually impossible to make more of a fool of oneself than Harry Reid has done repeatedly. He is an embarrassment.

    His complaint about Jeb Bush is because he sees him as a threat in the next election.

  3. If Jeb Bush has made a fool of himself, he will have lots of company, beginning with Reid saying Nevada does not have large numbers of illegal immigrants in the workforce. (Pew Research estimated that illegal immigrants made up almost 25% of the construction trades at one point, the highest in the nation.)

  4. Reid is a joke. I am sad to say that Jeb screwed up in this matter. I have no idea what Bush was thinking.

  5. Reid may be a joke, but the fools in this state keep electing him... So who is more the fool??

  6. Some commenters regard Reid as a fool and lament that we keep electing him. When they send out Sharron Angle as an alternative who's the real fool in this debate?

  7. Harry is absolutely right on this one.

  8. Typical Tea/Republican Party line of thought regarding immigration...they absolutely refuse to allow them to be citizens...because they believe all the way down to their rotten paranoid souls that once they become an American, they will vote against them. Tea/Republicans love to deflect and make it look like they are acting tough and fighting against immigration and any issue regarding it, but the actual truth is they are fighting....demographics. This great nation is changing and....THEY DON'T LIKE IT.

    Anyways, I don't pay attention to the subject of this article. Nor anything he says. I don't care how many books he's written.

    I'm pretty sure most Americans have totally rejected this guy too.

    Mainly, because there is an informal policy set in stone.

    We learned our lesson. And this guy ain't any different. Even though he acts like he has something new and marvelous and astounding that will baffle all of American for all time. In other words, it's nothing but political hoo-eee.

    So, therefore, NIDWAMBIP* Policy remains in effect.

    But, go ahead, conservatives. You want another Romney, that's on you. Means you didn't learn from the last election.

    * Stands for "No, I Don't Want Any More Bushes In Power."

  9. This opinion is just the tip of the philisophical ice berg for Jeb Bush.

    A few years back, Jeb Bush, James Carville and others in a presentation at the Judy Bayley Theater which was narrated by Jon Ralston, made the most incredible comment when he was talking about retirement accounts:

    "privatized funds are desirable because they can be defaulted" [sic].

    Privatized retirement funds would make millions for a few fund managers which is why the GOP is trying so diligently to eliminate Social Security and channel trillions in funds to private organizations. Should the fund become insolvent, the managers will keep their bonuses, commissions and past salaries and not responsible for the retirement payments. No doubt, the Cayman Islands will experience highly positive cash flow at the same time.

    Jeb Bush is looking to take this Country into a time before the Great Depression after all that has been learned from history. I'm not surprised that his position on immigration isn't very different and like Romney, switches back and forth according to the most immediate political winds.

    Jeb Bush has had his privileged life handed to him because of his name, not the quality of his character.

  10. Boy, the best attributes of the original gene pool sure get thinned out! Are you sure that picture isn't a baby Karl Rove?