At the NR/Heritage event on immigration yesterday, I said the next Republican politician or consultant who says that there are “jobs that Americans won’t do” should be shot, hanged, and wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the Potomac River.
Not only is it not true that there are jobs that Americans won’t do, it is a sentiment that betrays contempt for those Americans who do the kind of jobs they aren’t supposed to be doing. So, it is the last thing anyone associated with what should be a party of work should say.
I cited the Rasputin precedent for the effectiveness of my proposed remedy, although I noted it was a different river (and to be strictly accurate, he was evidently poisoned, shot, beaten, and thrown in a river).
A reporter for Talking Points Memo wondered if I was joking, and I told him I wanted to maintain strategic ambiguity for maximum deterrent effect.