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Why The Hell is Phyllis Schlafly Testifying on Immigration?

07/20/2006 09:04 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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Let me get this straight: Phyllis Schlafly is testifying at the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims as an expert witness?

What the hell is going on?

If you don't already know Phyllis, let me give you a brief intro by highlighting some best-ofs:

"Sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for virtuous women."

"Sex education classes are like in-home sales parties for abortions."

"Men should stop treating feminists like ladies, and instead treat them like the men they say they want to be."

Ah, wisdom. Anyways, Phyllis was supposed to go to Washington to speak nicey about the House immigration bill, instead she spent her time, according to the New York Times, blasting the President for supporting the Senate bill because she wrongly believes it provides amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants currently in this country. Why talk about how we create a bill that actually meets the needs of Americans trying to take care of their families when you can throw the word "amnesty" around like it was on fire (in which case hopefully the word isn't written on a flag)?

Arguments for progressive immigration policy aside, is this the kind of "expert" witness that the House believes needed a hearing before they could negotiate in earnest with the Senate?

Between Phyllis and Heather "deport the illegal alien rapists" MacDonald at the Manhattan Institute, I think it's time to start judging the conservative right, or House Republicans for that matter, by the people they put forth as speaking for America. The only thing either of them are expert in is ideology, and on an issue as important to the health of our families and communities as immigration, ideology must take a backseat to reality.