New York Governor Elliot Spitzer is edging closer to reconsidering his unpopular plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens:
Reeling from relentless criticism of his plan to issue New York driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, Gov. Eliot Spitzer indicated on Friday that he had not ruled out shelving the idea.
The governor's aides have grown increasingly concerned that reaction to the plan is preventing Mr. Spitzer from advancing or even discussing other matters. It has also become an issue for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign and has caused anxiety among other Democrats.
After a meeting on Friday with Hispanic lawmakers at a conference here, Mr. Spitzer was not displaying the defiance with which he had defended the plan in the past. Asked by a reporter if he would change or table the plan, the governor said he was sticking with it "as of now," but suggested that he was open to abandoning it.
If Spitzer backtracks on driver's licenses for illegals, Hillary Clinton will be left hanging out to dry in support for the idea. Her alternative is to beat a hasty retreat right behind Spitzer, but that would only highlight her evasiveness and flip-flopping on the issue during and after the last Democratic presidential debate.