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December 14, 2004
Where oh where did Alberto go?
Filed in: Alberto Gonzales, Current Affairs, Politics

Last week came and went with no confirmation hearings held for Alberto Gonzales - President Bush's nomination for Attorney General (and current White House Counsel). Despite the hearings being contemplated to begin on December 6th, The Senate adjourned last week and won't convene again until January 5th.

Either they plan to hold a flurry of confirmation hearings to confirm nine cabinet nominations by the president - or they don't much care to have a completed cabinet in place by inauguration day.

After Kerik's withdrawal over the weekend, we will need a new Homeland Security Secretary nomination, but otherwise the president's selections have all been designated.

As I detailed earlier, the most significant opposition has been mounting from the left against Alberto Gonzales.

It turns out though that there is opposition as well among conservatives who question what Gonzales' immigration policies would be.

I've been verbally told by several conservative friends that Gonzales is a "member of La Raza, an extreme pro-immigration group who advocate, among other things, the return of California to Mexico."

I wonder whether this, too, has resulted from little leftist liberal devils sitting on conservative's shoulders repeatedly whispering "La Raza, La Raza" in their ears.

Gonzales is not, nor has he been a member of La Raza. He was at one time on the board of a group called the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) an affiliate of La Raza.

Guilt by association is a common leftist tactic - has it been passed off to some conservative immigration watchdogs?

A little further look at AAMA discovers that President Bush even has some good things to say about them. I guess one of the most successful charter schools in the country and advocacy for the president's No Child Left Behind policies has little redeeming value - especially if such an organization is pro-Hispanic.

It shouldn't be too difficult to distinguish between pro-Hispanic advocacy with a focus on education and lax immigration advocacy as a fringe part of the overall pro-Hispanic movement. Yet some want to throw the baby out with the bath water by questioning whether Gonzales will properly administer immigration law.

I stated in my earlier post that the "People for the American Way, the ACLU, the Center for American Progress, the National Lawyers Guild, Human Rights First, Amnesty International, and the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights" are all arrayed against Judge Gonzales.

So, I ask my conservative friends who are concerned about immigration (as we all should be) - Who do you stand with? Do you want to stand with those organizations or will you stand with the President?



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