If Democrats want to consolidate their recent political gains, they cannot afford to make themselves susceptible to charges that they contributed to American defeat overseas. But one sure way for them to lay themselves open to criticism is to do what they're doing now — tinkering with wartime policy out of public view, vote-swapping and cutting deals to accommodate competing party interests. [E.A.]
Maybe a netrootsish desire to win will make Huffers receptive to Edsall's departures from the party line. If so, he's discovered a leverage point where could exert a lot of influence on the national debate. ... 4:30 P.M. link
New York Times--Yes, It's 'Amnesty': I've tried to avoid calling the various proposals to legalize illegal immigrants "amnesty,"--using the word "amnesty" often gets you accused of demagoguery by respectable "comprehensive reform" types. Nor do I think the word makes that much difference--legalizing illegals still rewards illegality, and encourages more of it, even if the legalization is hedged about with various righteous-sounding requirements (pay a fine, pay some taxes, learn English, etc.). But, to distinguish these more complicated plans from a flat out blanket grant of instant full-citizenship, I usually call them "semi-amnesty."
Comes now the New York Times to tell me I've been wasting my time:
Americans want the immigration issue solved, and they strongly favor "amnesty," whether you call it that or not. An array of recent polls show powerful support for an earned path to citizenship.
"Call it a banana if you want to," Mr. McCain said of the amnesty debate last year, in a welcome moment of lucidity. [E.A.]
In other words, Tom Tancredo is right. It's "amnesty." Glad we got that cleared up. ... 11:47 A.M. link
'Mama, He Just Called Me the CW': Here's Time editor Rick Stengel on his new hire, Mark Halperin (ex of The Note):
"We're a 24/7 news site now, and politics is the biggest game in town," said Mr. Stengel, who has overseen a redesign at the magazine and a major shift in resources from print to the Web site. "Everybody wants to be ahead of the curve in this area, and Mark is the curve," he said. [E.A.]
Stengel's description is accurate--almost micrometer-precise--but I'm not sure it's as big a compliment as he seems to think it is. ... P.S.: Stengel could also be describing the historic role of the newsweeklies. For years they've struggled fruitlessly to escape this fate. It's good to see Stengel embrace it! 'We are the curve.' I can see the ad campaign now. ... 11:38 A.M.
Am I the only person who thought N.J. Gov. Corzine's weepy televised press availability, upon his discharge from the hospital, was bathetic and pathetic? Nobody died in the crash, after all, in which Corzine got badly banged up. His car was speeding and he wasn't wearing a seat belt. He won't walk without a cane for six months. He's lucky. He's also the governor, not a guest on Montel. So suck it up.If you can't manage a reassuring demeanor--and you look depressingly weak, as Corzine did--don't show it off in public. (Imagine FDR giving a public press conference from his wheelchair where he bawled about his polio. Didn't happen.) ... It's one thing to argue the culture has been "Dianified," to use John O'Sullivan's phrase, when Virginia Tech students choose to seek cover rather than rushing an armed madman. That's a lot to ask. But it's not a lot to avoid this sort of undignified, self-centered public display. ... 11:05 A.M.
Monday, Ap ril 30, 2007