Monday, May 15, 2006

The Bush Immigration Speech

Travel has me too booked-up to blog much tonight. I did hear President Bush's speech and approved heartily of both tone and content.

For excellent analysis of the speech and some anticipatory responses to its critics, visit Called As Seen. The whole series of immigration pieces that Harold Hutchison has written there is excellent.

Of course, Harold and I are clearly out of touch with the Republican base on this issue. Power Line's John Hinderaker thinks that after this speech, Bush may not have any chance to salvage his second term.

Let me share something with you from a well-respected conservative site, World Net Daily. There, a person named Vox Day, whose posted photograph is more than a little disturbing, wrote this:

If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews,
many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it
couldn't possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal
aliens, many of whom don't speak English and are not integrated into American
I am an infrequent visitor to WorldNetDaily. What kind of editorial control does that site exercise over its writers? Is this kind of garbage typical there? Is that the kind of "base" thinking that John Hinderaker thinks Bush should appeal to?

If the blogger comments like Vox Day's and those that are appearing at this Truth Laid Bear site are typical of the conservative base, then I am going to throw up my hands and wait for the Democrat takeover of Congress. If those bloggers represent the base, then the base is implacable and suffers from a fatal lack of insight into the immigration issue. The hard-line approach on which the base seems to insist can never become law. Even the unsuccessful effort to make that approach become law will cast the GOP as the anti-immigrant party for decades to come.

In other words, the implacable, uncompromising, shrill conservative base appears poised to destroy the Republican party over illegal immigration. If they don't get their way, they'll stay home in this fall's elections.

And they're going to blame George W. Bush because instead of drinking the same Kool-Aid they do, he actually stuck to his guns on a statesmanlike solution to a difficult problem.

Republican self-immolation. Who'd-a thunk it?


Anonymous Mike said...

Hi Hedgehog,

I suppose that I should look up your name. I remember writing to Paul Mirengoff, and noting that they were so big time that they now had abandoned their handles. He said that he was just going with the flow. :) I took some heat supporting you and Hugh over the Meirs' nomination. I do not think that anyone thought that it was a good choice (a complicated "strategery" perhaps?), but I did not care for us eating our own. It got sort of ugly in my estimation. I will leave that sort of thing to those on the Left.

This is a very bad time to lose cohesion on the Right. Disputes are fine; craziness is not. Bill Clinton slipped in during a time of craziness (the Perot nonsense); do we really want to let Hillary take advantage of a similar environment? I can't stand these idiotic absolutists who will just take their ball and go home if they do not get exactly what they want. Politics is all about getting the best that you can.


Posted by Mike

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 5:01:00 AM  
Blogger SkyePuppy said...

Vox Day is a self-described Christian libertarian.

Over at WorldNetDaily's commentary page, they have commentary that runs the full gamut from far, far left all the way to far, far right. So to take one of their commentators as typical isn't fair. Joseph Farah is the founder and editor of that site, so his commentary (Between the Lines) is your best bet for the flavor of what the site stands for. Vox Day is rarely representative but usually... thought-provoking. 

Posted by SkyePuppy

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 9:55:00 AM  

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