Plucking the Pluckers
Do liberals still care about low-wage workers?
Bogus Meme #2: Left and Right are totally strange bedfellows here. Sen. DeMint, reports Murray, dislikes the "comprehensive" bill because it includes "a path to citizenship for undocumented workers." (That's not how DeMint would describe it, probably.) And, says Murray,
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) does not like the immigration bill, either, but for entirely different reasons.
Entirely different reasons? Dorgan thinks the bill would "depress wages and lead to foreigners taking good jobs." And DeMint, presumably, thinks a "path to citizenship" would encourage more illegal immigrants, who would ... depress wages and lead to foreigners taking good jobs! They're both concerned about depressing wages. Bipartisanship! Murray reminds me of those radical feminists who insist that their reasons for censoring pornography are completely different from Pat Robertson's. No they're not.
P.S.: The Post really needs Edsall back. ... 3:11 A.M. link
Psst! The system worked: WaPo's Dan Balz--in a piece produced with stunning swiftness that nevertheless manages to incorporate every respectable, loaded, portentous goo-goo cliche available--argues that the "collapse of comprehensive immigration reform" represents
"a scathing indictment of the political culture of Washington"! ...
"another example of a polarized political system in which the center could not hold"!
"a political system that appears incapable of finding ways to resolve the nation's big challenges." [E.A.]
I prefer the alternative Boehner Hypothesis.
P.S.: Balz's piece is a near-Platonic example of the Neutral Story Line--a sweeping, seemingly profound and biting analysis that nevertheless doesn't offend anyone because it doesn't seem to be taking sides. But of course it does take sides. It takes the "bipartisan" side--simply assuming that "comprehensive immigration reform" is a good idea.
What if the bill's collapse represented
"a rare example of the political system appearing capable of finding ways to reject half-baked, grandiose schemes of a reckless President"?
Not neutral! ...
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