The putrid push to politicize the Syrian-refugee debate

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 at 7:47 am

Some awkward speed bumps are getting in the way of President Obama and other Democrats’ rush to vilify Republicans in the debate over Syrian refugees.

The president is plainly eager to get past his woeful “we have the right strategy” remarks Monday, as well as his pre-Paris boast that ISIS has been “contained.”

But opting to mock Republicans as “scared of widows and orphans” is a weak escape. Top Democrats also want to go slow — even call a temporary halt — on the influx of Syrian refugees.

New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer was one of the first to suggest “a pause may be necessary.” When Schumer is on the same page as House Speaker Paul Ryan, that’s not Republican extremism — it’s bipartisan consensus.

And Schumer’s not remotely alone in his party here. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, said flatly, “We need to be very careful about Syrian refugee admissions.” And: “Keeping our borders secure” from ISIS terrorists “must be our No. 1 priority.”

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