August 9, 2002

RUN FOR THE BORDER

Wall Street Journal Edit Page Leads GOP To Amnesty Debacle (Steve Sailer, VDARE.com)
Recently Richard Gephardt did exactly what I predicted he'd do a year ago--he formally introduced legislation calling and raising Bush's bid to give amnesty to just Mexican illegal aliens. The House Minority Leader wants to extend amnesty to illegals of all nations. [...]

The good news for the GOP is that Gephardt's bill gives them a surefire election-winning strategy for November. We'll put it in caps to help them get the message:

PUBLICLY DUMP BUSH'S AMNESTY PLAN AND MAKE ATTACKS ON GEPHARDT'S ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT AMNESTY PLAN INTO THE CENTRAL ISSUE OF THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS.

Is that clear?

Of course, the GOP would no doubt prefer to lose the House genteelly than to do anything that the public likes but that the respectable opinion (which includes the Wall Street Journal Edit Pagers) would tsk-tsk over.


Mr. Sailer is probably right that this issue would help the GOP keep the House--it's exactlky the kind of red meat for angry white males that would gin up turnout. But some things matter more than winning elections. The Gephardt plan may well be overbroad, but keep the amnesty for Mexicans, with whom we have a special relationship, a broad cultural affinity, and close economic ties. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 9, 2002 7:52 AM
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