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April 20, 2013 - 3:55 pm

The “Gang of Eight” presser that rolled out the immigration reform bill was Washington theater at its finest.

Until a little reality intruded on the proceedings.

ICE union head Chris Crane was present and tried to ask a question of the Senators. But the Gang ignored him and he was eventually escorted to the wings in order to allow the play to continue.

Recall in the film Dr. Strangelove President Merkin becoming angry when an argument broke out between the Russian ambassador and one of his advisors.

“There’s no fighting here,” shouted Merkin. “This is the War Room!”

Might Senator Schumer have said to Crane, “There are no questions here. This is a press conference!”

Daily Caller:

Chris Crane, head of the immigration officers union, was pulled out of a Senate press conference today when he tried to question Sen. Chuck Schumer during the televised roll-out of the 844-page immigration rewrite.

While reporters asked questions, Schumer ignored three requests from Crane, who sought to question him about aspects of the far-reaching law, which promises to tighten enforcement of immigration laws at borders, airports and seaports.

“Will you take a question from law enforcement?” Crane asked, repeating the question twice before being removed.

Schumer ignored the question, and repeated his advocacy for the bill. Crane’s union represents agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service.

Schumer and the other Senators have struggled to control the debate about the bill, which was released this week after months of closed-door drafting. Supporters are now trying to win Senate approval of the far-reaching bill by June.

Critics say the bill has many loopholes and flaws that will allow political appointees to minimize enforcement of immigration law.

Crane, who heads the president of the National ICE Council, has been a vocal critic of the bill.

One would think that the man who heads the union responsible for enforcing our immigration laws might want to ask a question or two of the Senators so that maybe he and his members could better perform their jobs.

One would think.

But in the bizarro world of Capitol Hill where you can’t ask questions at press conferences, situation normal – all screwed up.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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What else would you expect from a political party that routinely defames people by their race and gender based on the idea that it is wrong to defame people by their race and gender.

Orwell's boat steamed around the bend long ago. Next stop: Horton-Doesn't-Hear-A-Whoville.
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Reminds me of the MASH episode when Hawkeye and Trapper went to a press conference to ask a General about getting an incubator. After causing a disturbance by asking the question, the General shouted "now look this is a press conference, I didn't come her to answer a lot of questions."

At the time, it was just poking fun at government incompentence, some in DC seem think it was a series of training films.
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Ask not ,whatever.
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There is a trend here. It is very important to those imposing their will upon us from the ivory halls of DC that their work product not be scrutinized by the common-folk until it is too late to fix it. Obamacare is a great example, there are many others. 'Here's the great stuff we're doing. . .move along, nothing to see here.
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Transparent Government at it's finest/ sarc
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Questions ARE permitted ... "Planted" questions and "Friendly" questions are always welcome.

Questions which expose the folly of the Senators ... not so much.
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There are no questions at this press conference?

con·fer·ence
[kon-fer-uhns, -fruhns] Show IPA noun, verb, con·fer·enced, con·fer·enc·ing.
noun
1. a meeting for consultation or discussion: a conference between a student and his adviser.
2. the act of conferring or consulting together; consultation, especially on an important or serious matter.
3. Government . a meeting, as of various committees, to settle disagreements between the two branches of the legislature.

Looks to me like a conference would be a "two way street". Instead we get a sermon from the "pulpit".

It is sad that it has taken so many tragedies to illustrate just how incompetent this disgusting administration is. They have tried to change the meaning of "terrorist" to the point it refers only to conservative white guys.

They ignored pleas from Benghazi. An American ambassador was cruelly murdered along with three other Americans. What has been the response? (My, such silence)

They didn't think it was necessary to follow someone who had escaped to America because they feared for their life but returned to that same country for whatever reasons they want to come up with. Maybe he missed his pet dog?

There has been no doubt in my mind what was going to happen since January 20, 2009. I suspected it before then but not enough cared, most certainly not the low information lemmings.
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"It is sad that it has taken so many tragedies to illustrate just how incompetent this disgusting administration is."

I agree with you about the administration, but I must remind you that the disgusting incompetents in question are Senators.
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I used to think that what is happening in the world today could be taken from the pages of "1984" or "Atlas Shrugged." Now? I think it's more like "The Lord of the Flies" writ large. I keep wondering when the adults are finally going to show up...

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When, not if, they do, they will be carrying "agricultural implements".
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SNAFU, Mr. Moran; Let us preserve traditional obscene terminology. :)
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The mistreatment of Crane wouldn't have happened if the sheep in the media didn't let it.
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