I didn't want to come home and do this post, I really didn't. But the emails and comments on various blogs are too much for me to ignore.
This started on Thursday when the candidate that I supported, Jason Atkinson, came out in favor of the President's "guest worker" plan.
Many peopel withdrew their support for him and many people wanted clarification.
I, among others, didn't feel that the clarification was adequate. While I am not ready to jump ship yet, Lars chose to endorse another candidate today.
The reaction has been vitriolic.
The part that confuses me the most is that when Jason said he supported the President's plan everyone explained to him that the plan was amnesty. Lars said it, I said it, many other said it.
Jason chose to believe the lawyer-speak from Bush over the Oregonians who had his best interest at heart. I have sent a copy of the President's plan to Jason, Lars also sent a copy. As of this morning Jason told Lars that he hadn't read it.
Why would Jason want to remain willfully ignorant on the issue that may have the effect of killing his campaign? Why would he choose to focus on a small fraction of a speech instead of reading, in black and white, the actual proposal from the President?
I proposed this question to Jason:
"I know that a lot of people have been contacting you regarding your stance on a guest worker program (many people have forwarded your response to me) but I want to ask for myself. I have attached a copy of the Presidents plan (the president has no ownership of HR 4437 or any of the other bills or ideas pending in congress) the President's pan is the one outlined in the attachment.
So the question is: Do you support the President's guest worker program?"
To date I have never heard him disavow the plan in it's current form, disavow the plan that EVER single immigration reform group I know of says is amnesty.
But now I hear (at various places) that Jason did in fact take a good position, that Lars ending his support is the result of a "bitter feud," "bribery," "back stabbing," or quite possibly alien mind control waves.
I now am hearing that Lars is a "liar" a "liberal" a "traitor" among other things. Now I don't need to defend Lars in this forum, you all have his phone number, call him up and he can defend himself.
But being someone who is also wavering on supporting Atkinson I wonder if the same things are being said about me. I have not decided to withdraw support completely pending a conversation I am expecting to have with the Senator on Wednesday. I would like nothing more than for him to confirm to me that he rejects the President's guest worker proposal. (and that he would be willing to do so publicly)
But with the current situation I keep thinking about all the people (myself included in this bunch) that has said the immigration issue is going to tear the Republican party apart. With everything that has happened since Thursday I am now seeing a ghostly specter sitting on top of my computer who keeps repeating:
The prophesy is being fulfilled...
(He is also saying it in Spanish for some reason)
Se está satisfaciendo el prophesy...