Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Opinionator: A blog at the New York Times by Tobin Harshaw & Chris Suellenthorp

  • Remember immigration reform? Most of Congress seems to have conveniently forgotten the issue. And now, according to The Washington Times, Rep. Rahm Emanuel is actively putting it out of mind:

    “Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, an architect of the Democratic campaign that regained control of the House last year, says his party will not attempt comprehensive immigration reform until at least the second term of a prospective Democratic president.”

  • While many think that anything in that newspaper, which is owned by Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, should be taken with a grain of salt, Nick Gillespie at Reason Hit & Run is simply taking the news well:

    “For those of us who believe in open borders (or as close to open as you might get), I think this is good news. However rotten the immigration status quo is, the reform bills passing around seem worse, larded with all sorts of employer regulations and restrictions and a commitment to some sort of beefed-up, sure-to-be-useless wall and enforcement efforts. And Emanuel’s statement strikes me as politically savvy, too. Despite the clamor about the immigration issue, it really isn’t the electoral motivator observers claim it to be (that’s one of the great unlearned lessons from the 2006 midterms) but it certainly appeals to the worst in candidates and voters.”