Rahm Emanuel, who heads the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, played down the import of Busby's loss for the Democrats' hopes in November. Waving off the immigration issue, he said, "Not every district is going to be on the border of Mexico."
I have news for him. Not every district is on the border with Mexico, but just about every district feels like it is. New Jersey, for example, is almost a continent away from Tijuana, but its hospitals lose $200 million a year providing free care for illegal aliens. Those immigrants are not all, or even mostly, from Mexico, of course. They can be from Colombia, the Dominican Republican or elsewhere in Latin America. Some are from Asia or Europe. The point is, the broken border is not just with Mexico, but all around us.
The tragedy for the party -- and the nation -- is that Democrats could do a much better job than Republicans controlling illegal immigration. That's because Democrats are not afraid to do the only thing that could stop it, which is go after the companies that employ undocumented workers. [Emphasis added]
Bob Shrum has a theme for the Democrats: Yes!
"Don't be afraid to say we're for the people, not the powerful."
Pajamas Media has a Target ad. It's a start.3:55P.M.
It's too late for 'sorry' now, Iowa! Brendan Loy wonders if Iowans are learning their lesson--John Kerry, winner of the 2004 first-in-the-nation caucuses, finished a "distant third" in the recent Iowa Poll of likely caucus-goers. ... Kerry can't claim low name-recognition. ... 2:15 A.M.
It often seems fashionable for smart political commentators to question the ability of campaign finance laws to stop the purchase of influence. Money is like water, it will flow, etc. etc. But New Jersey's new laws against political contributions from government contractors--so-called "pay to play"--appear to be working. They're working so well, in fact, that "several leading Democrats say the rules are cutting too deeply into their ability to raise money." ... How can a politician raise money except from state contractors, after all. ... [Thanks to S.B. ] 2:21 A.M.
Even as the "immigration debate drifts away from Bush," in the WSJ's words, the New York Times dutifully puffs the designated spokespeople for its favored side. (I must have missed the glowing profile of Democratic McCain-Kennedy foe Byron Dorgan, or of Republicans James Sensenbrenner or Jeff Sessions). ... Kirk Johnson's build-up of pro-legalization Senator Ken Salazar and his "story" has an especially strained, passionless quality, since Salazar doesn't have a stirring upward mobility tale to tell. He's not an immigrant, his family having "helped found Santa Fe, N.M., in the late 1500s," before either the United States or Mexico existed. ... Salazar's main, if not only, role seems to be to appeal on a purely ethnic basis, and his "story" appears to be entirely an abstract plea for Hispanic political ascendancy. ... P.S.: Is someone who can credibly say that his people were here long before the gringos ("It was the border that came over us. We didn't come over the border") the best poster-Senator for quelling mainstream fears of a reconquista? ... 1:51 A.M.
The Gray Princess: Once again the Internet empowers the little guy with a blog to take on entrenched citadels of previously unchecked power! In this case, the little guy is the General Motors Corporation. I'm not saying GM has effectively used its web site to make the NYT letters editors look like self-protective twits of the sort you might expect would wind up editing the New York Times letters section.But I'm not saying they haven't! ... Does NYT Editorial Page Editor Gail Collins really object to the use of the word "rubbish"? She never seemed like the delicate type. Does Thomas Friedman (to whose column GM was objecting) need that kind of insulation? Who checks his mattresses for peas? ... P.S.: It's not as if GM's letter was so devastating, or raised annoying factual claims that demanded a response. ... 5:44 P.M.