In the wake of Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist’s puzzling endorsement of Huckabee, I’ve gotten angry e-mails and calls accusing me of also backing what Michelle calls a “border control cross-dresser,” because his campaign people borrowed much of their immigration platform from something I wrote for NR. For the record, I don’t have a favored candidate. That’s not just CYA for the IRS (because I do, after all, run a non-profit, contributions to which are tax-deductible!) — even as a private citizen I don’t have anyone I’m enthusiastic about. Though I will say, as a private citizen, that I wouldn’t vote for McCain even if he were running against Satan Herself.
I’m very pleased that Huckabee’s staff thought my piece was worth borrowing from, but I’m also happy that Fred Thompson adopted our formulation of “attrition through enforcement,” and that Ron Paul used a new report of ours as the news peg for a recent op-ed. Developing ideas and injecting them into the policy debate is what think tanks are supposed to do — it doesn’t imply any sort of political stance on my part.