According to this Times piece, McCain is re-thinking his position on immigration, given the earful he’s hearing on it from conservatives in Iowa. In the piece, he mentions shifting over to the Pence plan. That’s not going to help him much. If he’s going to shift, he might as well make it count. He should adopt enforcement-first, requiring certain enforcement benchmarks and a system of workplace enforcement to be in place before we have a major guest-worker program or a quasi-amnesty (Sen. Isakson supports a deal along these lines). This would take care of McCain’s political problem, it would give him a position on immigration that would avoid the excesses on both sides, and it would move the ball forward significantly in the intra-Republican debate–he could legitimately lead the party on this.
One of the most comforting talking points in politics is to claim that your political opponents are irrationally obsessed. I’m sure this is as old as time, but I first noticed it in the late 1990s. Many of Bill Clinton’s most ardent supporters responded to every new criticism by claiming the president’s ... Read More
With every twist of the news cycle, reports from London on the evolution of the Brexit negotiations between Theresa May’s government and the European Union get odder and odder. Consider, first, the essential choice on Brexit facing the Brits and how it’s being presented to them. Britain voted two years ago ... Read More
The president wants them away from the border. Read More
An Irish lecturer was stabbed to death by a student outside the Paris university where he taught on Wednesday for allegedly insulting the prophet Mohammed by displaying a drawing of him during class. John Dowling, 66, was speaking with a student, identified by authorities only as Ali R., following a lecture ... Read More
Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez lamented Wednesday the supposedly malign influence of Christianity on voters' political preferences, comparing the influence of preachers to that of conservative media outlets. “We all have to make sure that we are fluent in what's happening across our ... Read More