June 28, 2006


Five-term Incumbent Cannon Wins Republican Primary (AP, 6/28/06)

U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon says his solid victory in Utah's Republican primary is good news for President Bush and those seeking a consensus on immigration policy this year.

The five-term incumbent turned back challenger John Jacob 56 percent to 44 percent, or 32,306 votes to 25,589 votes, with all precincts reporting but an unknown number of absentee ballots to be counted.

Cannon said his win Tuesday indicates House Republicans need not fear compromise on immigration reform.

This was the race that the far Right swore was going to demonstrate the salience of their issue. Instead they show themselves to be the conservative version of the Daily Kos folks.

The Renewal of the West (Jerry Bowyer, 28 Jun 2006, Tech Central Station)

If 200 years from now America will be filled with people who know and love the ideas of Jefferson and Madison -- but these people are overwhelmingly dark skinned -- will this be good or bad?

That's the question I asked Pat Buchanan when I debated with him about the content of his book, The Death of the West. He said it would be 'a disaster and a tragedy'. What do you say?

Your answer is a pretty good indicator of whether you're a we-hold-these-truths-to-be-self-evident conservative or a blood-and-soil conservative. [...]

Clearly, there is a rage of anti-immigrant feeling in large swaths of my political party (Republican) at the moment. I don't think, however, that it's racism that drives it. It's nostalgia. Large numbers of conservatives seem to think that they have a constitutional right to have their country look the same in their old age as it did in their childhoods. The problem of course, is that the country of their childhoods, didn't look the same as the country of their parent's childhoods.

Nah, it's racism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2006 4:37 PM

Maybe it's fear of the multculti zietgeist and the unaccountable administrative state. If not, it's small minded racism.

Posted by: Tom C.,Stamford,Ct. at June 28, 2006 5:06 PM

In Pat's case itís an inability to realize that Hispanic immigrants have the exact same values we do.

In the case of the more general public I think language has the most to do with it. When I argue in favor of open immigration (which is a really hot issue where I live) the main and most strongly held objection of its opponents is the immigrant's inability to speak English and their seeming disinterest in learning to do so.

I think making English the official language if the nation could ease some of the angst on the far right, though it would be a completely symbolic gesture. The children of immigrants certainly learn to speak English, law or no law.

Posted by: Shelton at June 28, 2006 5:46 PM

Americans come in every color.

Posted by: erp at June 28, 2006 6:24 PM

I'm sure glad they let the Irish in. Agree with Shelton. Not so sure about the racism charge, but the South Siders (Chicago Irish) I knew as a youngster were some of the most racist folks I ever met. Everyone apparently wants to be the last group let in.

Posted by: jdkelly at June 28, 2006 6:29 PM

The first thing everyone wants to do when they get on the lifeboat is raise the ladder behind them.

We have had plenty of immigrants who never learned the language. They have to have their American children translate for them.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 28, 2006 6:33 PM

If we didn't let them in, then they couldn't blame us for funding some of their "troubles."

Posted by: Sandy P at June 28, 2006 7:26 PM

And if the other guy didn't start talking wacky, this might have been closer.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 28, 2006 7:30 PM

Just wait until Marxism is in full bloom down the south way and the great migration really begins.

The wall will be built.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 28, 2006 7:32 PM

Funny how importance of these special elections and primaries (or even the off-off year gov races in NJ, Va., Ky. and Miss.) are always related to the favorite cause of the person making the case. For example, if the goofball had won, does anyone really think there'd be a posting about it on this site, let alone one touting the results as indicative of anything?

Other than the case of Harris Wofford, it usually turns out they are meaningless, drivent by local conditions, and should be treated as such. This one is no exception.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 28, 2006 7:48 PM

Funny how the losers always say a primary or a special election doesn't matter. The Dems say the special in California didn't matter. The nativists say the primary in Utah didn't matter.

What really doesn't matter are sour grapes comments from losers. The straws in the wind indicate that Bush is on the comeback trail and could well win the general in November.

Which does irritate the Dems and the nativists.

Posted by: Casey Abell at June 28, 2006 11:50 PM

Tancredo was still looking and sounding like he has 2008 presidential ambitions during an interview today, so at least for him, Cannon's win hasn't changed anything.

Posted by: John at June 29, 2006 12:35 AM

III: The question is whether the lifeboat if full or whether it can handle more people who might be useful for rowing.

Or, to be less metaphorical, the country is empty and people are the only real wealth.

Posted by: David Cohen at June 29, 2006 12:52 AM

Tancredo isn't even a blip on the radar for the 2008 GOP primaries. The polls say it will be either Rudy or McCain, and they're right. I say it will be Rudy, because he's smart and McCain is, well, dumb.

Sorry, but running to the left in the GOP primaries, as McCain did in 2000, is about as stupid as stupid gets. And his refusal to campaign for Bilbray demonstrates that McCain hasn't learned anything from his mistakes.

Posted by: Casey Abell at June 29, 2006 7:45 AM

Seconding David, our people are our treasure.

The lifeboat analogy doesn't hold. We're not clinging to the side of a lifeboat, we're building an ever expanding society the likes of which the world has never seen and everyone who wants to join us is welcome.

Posted by: erp at June 29, 2006 8:03 AM

erp: After a background check of course...

Posted by: Bartman at June 29, 2006 10:18 AM

Bartman, of course. As our beloved leader, sadly no longer among us, advised, trust but verify.

Posted by: erp at June 29, 2006 12:16 PM

Embrace your ideological twins:
It seems one of the verities of life for 'progressives' is that if you are not one, you must be a 'bigot' of some kind.

Posted by: perroazul del norte at July 3, 2006 10:11 AM

No one can be naive enough not to realize that we love invoking Pelosi precisely because it ties Democrats to San Francisco and sodomy.

Posted by: oj at July 3, 2006 10:18 AM