Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Wearing Of The Political Green
They can trace their ancestry back to Ireland, so there's no contest as to who is more Irish among the U.S. presidential candidates. So who can be more Irish in the here and now? Who can be more Irish and do more for Irish-Americans and the illegal immigrants hiding in the shadows?
Senator McCain, a man of the northern counties, promises to keep the special envoy to Northern Ireland, where the Troubles haven't quite gone away as completely as one would like. He also says he'll help the illegals become citizens, set them on a path to normalcy. He's a maverick, don't you know, and even though his fellow Republicans don't agree with him, he's determined to bring about such reform.
Sure and it's all blarney, countered Barack Obama supporters at the Irish American Presidential Forum. Why, it was John McCain who wanted Gerry Adams to be barred from entering the U.S. in 1994, when Bill Clinton allowed the Sinn Fein leader to come on in and raise funds. According to Senator Pat Leahy, that just proves that McCain is out of touch, unaware of the importance of bringing both sides together. Once the center of Omagh went up in a deadly explosion in 1998, the IRA stopped setting car bombs, so doesn't that prove Mr. Leahy's point.
Oh, right, and about Senator Obama's earlier decision to eliminate the special envoy? He's changed his mind and now he says he'll appoint one. That's change we can believe in.