Saturday, May 19, 2007

Reservoir Dogs, Republican-style

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Here's Sullivan on the "circular conservative firing squad" in response to the (very sensible) immigration bill:

The hysteria on the far right (is there any other sort any more?) about the immigration bill is remarkable to me. It's not that there aren't obviously good arguments against amnesty; it's the fever-pitch mania that drives these people. I have to say I find it baffling - not the position as such but the anger and rage. The obvious solution -- much better border control and some attempt to bring most illegal immigrants out of the shadows -- is obscured by emotion. The result, of course, is that the GOP has all but lost the Hispanic vote for a generation, just by the tone of their rhetoric. And they are at one another's throats. Bush, in particular, is now despised -- for a policy [he] has always publicly supported. The suicide of the right continues, and perhaps it's for the best. If these people have not asked to be sent into the political wilderness, who has?


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