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It’s April Fools’ Day all year long at the RNC

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 1, 2010 09:31 AM

The RNC’s lavish spending problems at racy nightclubs are bad enough. But I find RNC chairman Michael Steele’s meeting with open-borders zealots to be an even greater obscenity.

The Soros/Tides/Ford/Rockefeller-funded Center for Community Change crowed yesterday that Steele gave them a “commitment” to “to help in securing Republican support for immigration reform:”

Today, ten leaders with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) met with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele to discuss the future of comprehensive immigration reform in the Republican Party. They walked away with a commitment from Steele to work with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and the party’s leadership to enlist another Republican senator’s support for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration reform.

“We are encouraged by this first step,” said Pramila Jayapal, executive director of OneAmerica, and meeting participant. “Chairman Steele clearly understands that the future of the Republican Party is dim if his party continues to play politics with immigration reform rather than come to the table to work on practical solutions to our broken immigration system. But now we need to see if Republicans will deliver additional cosponsors on the bill before April 30.”

The New York Times reports that Steele’s office is disputing the open-borders groups’ claims that he promised them anything:

Doug Heye, a spokesman for Mr. Steele, dismissed that account as “100 per cent inaccurate.”

Mr. Steele “makes it a priority to meet with different grassroots activists who are concerned with the direction of our country,” Mr. Heye wrote in an e-mail. “Today’s meeting was meant as an opportunity to listen to concerns and discuss the Republican Party’s strong support of legal immigration.

But what was Steele doing meeting with these agitators in the first place?

Mr. Steele agreed to meet with the immigration groups after they staged a brief but noisy sit-in at the R.N.C. offices on March 22.

Among the groups Steele met with was the radical Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and other outfits that oppose workplace enforcement and make a living demonizing the men and women who work at ICE and the Border Patrol. Another of the meeting participants, OneAmerica, is staffed with SEIU organizers.

Could there be worse timing for such a pander-fest — what with Arizona ranchers fearing for their lives as unchecked border chaos reigns?

Maybe Arizona ranchers need to stage a sit-in at the RNC offices. Seems like it’ll be the only way to get Steele to pay attention to the concerns of the conservative base that he continues to humiliate and embarrass.

With the RNC producing an endless supply of bad jokes, who needs April Fools’ Day?

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