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The Hillary & Harry Show

Egad. We knew the immigration debate in Congress would be heated, but who would have thought Jesus would get dragged into it right off the bat. Here's Hillary Clinton in today's New York Times:

"It is hard to believe that a Republican leadership that is constantly talking about values and about faith would put forth such a mean-spirited piece of legislation," she said of the measure, which was passed by the House of Representatives in December and mirrored a companion Senate bill introduced last week by Senator Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican and the majority leader.

"It is certainly not in keeping with my understanding of the Scripture because this bill would literally criminalize the Good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself..."

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid toured the border in San Diego yesterday and then announced he would "use every procedural means at my disposal" to block Senator Frist's immigration bill.

Reid also made a bit of news on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer yesterday:

BLITZER: Senator Feingold, former Vice President Gore, other Democrats, they say the president broke the law; this wiretapping without warrants was illegal.

Do you believe it was illegal?

REID: With the information I have, which is very spotty, you know, I -- you know, it's really hard to come by -- I think what he's doing is illegal.

That's why we have reached out to him and said: Mr. President, we think what you are doing is wrong. Come with us and work with us. For example, FISA has worked well since 1978. Twenty thousand requests, we have only -- the courts have only turned down five.

And FISA would work -- we have been told by all the experts, all the academics, it would work with what he's trying to do. Let's do it the legal way. Let's do it the way that appears to be constitutional.

BLITZER: If he broke the law, as you suspect he might have, why not simply go for impeachment, as opposed to censure?

(LAUGHTER)

REID: Well, I have been through one impeachment proceeding already during my tenure in the Senate. It wasn't real pleasant. And I think it has to be a last resort. And I'm not at that last resort yet.

BLITZER: But you're not ruling that out? Is that what you're saying?

REID: I'm not ruling anything out. But I think it is just way too early to talk about that now.

Senator Frist responded to the Minority Leader's antics yesterday with a post on his blog this morning thanking Reid "for finally being so candid with the American people."

This is surely only the beginning of what we'll see over the next seven months and then on into 2008.

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