August 24, 2007

KNOW NOTHINGS CAN LEARN NOTHING:

The Political Perils of Targeting Immigrants (Kimberley Strassel, 8/24/07, Real Clear Politics)

History students call it a teaching moment: A week before the general election in 1884, fiery Protestant minister Samuel D. Burchard warned about the perils of allowing his party to identify with "Romanism." Standing by his side in New York was Republican presidential candidate James G. Blaine. Catholic voters were furious.

Mr. Blaine lost the state by 1,149 votes, and the election to Grover Cleveland. It then took Catholics 100 years to get over it, when Ronald Reagan finally convinced them to trust his party again.

Today's question is whether Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani are providing future scholars with their own teaching moment. Their spitting row over illegal immigration continues to lead the news, given how little else there has been to fill the newspapers in these dreary August days. At its current momentum, it also threatens to become a case study in how nativism can drive a political party off a cliff.


And all it took was a trip to Bob Jones for W to lose Catholics all over again.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2007 7:07 AM
Comments

Didn't lose this one.

Posted by: jdkelly at August 24, 2007 5:07 PM

Nor this one.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 25, 2007 12:42 AM
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