Oh, this isn't cool:
A vow to give the boot to criminal aliens has become an almost daily part of the New York senator's presidential campaign spiel on overhauling the immigration system.
"Anybody who committed a crime in this country or in the country they came from has to be deported immediately, with no legal process. They are immediately gone," Mrs. Clinton told a town hall meeting in Anderson, S.C., Thursday. On Wednesday, she told a crowd in North Bergen, N.J., that such criminals "absolutely" need to be deported. A day earlier, she told a rally in Salinas, Calif., that aliens with criminal records "should be deported, no questions asked."
Mrs. Clinton does not raise the subject in every speech, but her tough talk on the issue dates back at least to the Iowa caucuses last month, where she told the mother of a woman killed by a foreigner in a car accident that illegal aliens who have committed crimes need to be sent home "immediately."
"No legal process," the New York senator said at a forum in Tipton, Iowa, according to a political news outlet, the Politico. "You put them on a plane to wherever they came from."
If you read the full article, she does not, in fact, seem to be suggesting summary deportation in violation of the
14th 5th amendment of any immigrant with a criminal conviction. This is just an applause line. But it reflects EXACTLY what I fear about the Clintons: the voters are anti-immigrant this year? Throw in an applause line about putting people on a plane without legal process. The 1992 voters are pro-death penalty? Well, then you'll make sure everyone sees you at the Rector execution. 1996 voters are anti-immigrant? Well, you better sign that mean anti-immigration law that Congress passed. Anti-crime? Well, you better sign those limits on habeas appeals. Voters in 2002 want vengeance for September 11 on whichever Muslim country is convenient? Well, you better vote for the war. Voters loves 24? Well, you better not take a clear stand against torture. Voters in 2004 are anti-gay? Well, John Kerry should obviously endorse some states' anti-gay-marriage amendments. And you certainly shouldn't say anything about the racial disparity in drug sentencing; what if they call you pro drug dealer? You can't vote for a law to help refugee victims of terrorism; what if they call you pro terrorist?
Most of those examples are Bill Clinton, & I try to convince myself that Hillary Clinton's more scrupulous--but you know, the people she's listening to are Mark Penn & Bill Clinton. And she uses "no legal process" as an applause line during the Democratic primaries. Say what you will about Obama making vague appeals to bipartisanship and being soft on Ronald Reagan--you will not catch him doing that. And you won't ever find Clinton talking like this.
Oh, it's just words, but Presidential campaigns are almost nothing but words, and photo-ops. And there's a clear enough link to their records in office.
(edited for typos)