After Cantor

Featured image Some additional observations going forward on the Cantor debacle: I never found Cantor to be a very compelling political personality.  I thought his speeches were too superficial and cliché (even if they were the right clichés), and his delivery flat.  It left me with the impression that the ratio of personal ambition to substance was out of whack.  But there’s more to being House majority leader than being a scintillating »

Notes on Cantormageddon

Featured image Only last week in a local Richmond television interview, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor addressed immigration reform as follows: “I have told the president, there are some things we can work on together. We can work on the border security bill together, we can work on something like the kids.” This while the southwest United States is under invasion by an overwhelming wave of “kids” who have gotten the message. »

Eric Cantor defeated — amnesty suspected [With Comments by John]

Featured image Remember those polls that purported to show that most Republicans, and maybe even most Tea Party members, support amnesty and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants? I guess the pollsters forgot to survey Republicans in Eric Cantor’s district in central Virginia. With more than three-quarters of the precincts reporting, Cantor, the House Majority leader, trails David Brat, a college professor, by 56-44. In raw numbers, Cantor is 7,000 votes »

Camp of the Saints revisited

Featured image We appear to be the subject of an apocalyptic invasion of minor children from Central America coming across our border with Mexico. At the Christian Science Monitor, Mark Sappenfield puts enough information before the interested reader to allow the reader to draw his own conclusion about what is happening. CNN reports the story today from McAllen, Texas. CNN’s three reporters on the story stand in contrast with Sappenfield; they arrive »

DREAMers From My President

Featured image The Christian Science Monitor reports on the tidal wave of would-be DREAMers (that would be Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) seeking the ministrations of Barack Obama in a story by Mark Sappenfield. Sappenfield doesn’t put it that way, but his account rightly notes that “the numbers are stark.” He writes: The Obama administration has linked the trend [of unaccompanied minors crossing the border] to unrest in Central American »

Communism works, says Rep. Joe Garcia

Featured image In the course of attacking Republicans for opposing amnesty, Democrat Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida, declares: “We’ve proved that communism works; if you give everyone a good government job, there’s no crime.” Here’s the video: If you say so, Joe. But can’t we skip amnesty and just pay for everyone in Mexico to have “a good government job”? By the way, both Larry Sabato and Charlie Cook rate Garcia’s race »

GOP: Don’t Blow It On Immigration!

Featured image All signs point to an excellent year for Republicans in 2014, but still we hear disquieting rumblings about immigration. Some Republicans, for reasons it is hard to understand, are convinced that it will somehow benefit the party to create millions of new voters, most of whom vote for Democrats. Not only that, caving on immigration would be the surest way to dispirit the party’s base. Michael Ramirez, as usual, sums »

Hillary Clinton and the release of thousands of criminal aliens

Featured image Here’s an underreported scandal brought to my attention by Bill Otis. CBS News reports: The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 36,007 convicted criminal aliens last year who were awaiting the outcome of deportation proceedings, according to a report issued Monday by the Center for Immigration Studies. The group of released criminals includes those convicted of homicide, sexual assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault, according to the report, which cites »

GOP Senators Blast Obama on Immigration

Featured image Everyone knows that Barack Obama has been a scofflaw with respect to Obamacare. But even more damaging has been his (and his attorney general’s) wanton refusal to enforce the immigration laws. Today, Republican senators Grassley, McConnell, Sessions, Shelby, Lee, Isakson, Johanns, Inhofe, Boozman, Vitter, Risch, Crapo, Roberts, Blunt, Cochran, Chambliss, Scott, Coburn, Fischer, Cruz, Hoeven and Hatch sent this blistering letter to Obama, asking that he fulfill both his constitutional »

Jeb Bush tests the waters

Featured image Jeb Bush is coming under fire for saying yesterday that many of those who enter the U.S. illegally do so as “an act of love” towards their family and therefore shouldn’t be treated as ordinary criminals. Bush stated: Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind »

When Does the New York Times Make Common Cause With Industry?

Featured image When the subject is immigration: how to get more of it, especially unskilled Mexicans; how to legalize those who are already here; and above all, why the Republican Party is in deep trouble if it doesn’t go along with the Times’ open borders ideology. Hence this story in yesterday’s Times: “California Farmers Short of Labor, and Patience.” The theme of the article is that California farmers need to import more »

Latino voters as “Reagan Democrats?” You’re having a laugh

Featured image During yesterday’s CPAC panel on immigration reform, Alfonso Aguilar, the executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, claimed that “Latino voters are the Reagan Democrats of today.” Rev. Luis Cortés Jr.​ added, “I believe that the majority of them can actually be members of CPAC in the future.” Aguilar’s claim is preposterous. Reagan Democrats wouldn’t have voted by more than 70 percent for a leftist president. Cortes’ claim, »

Can there be meaningful immigration reform without citizenship?

Featured image CPAC presented a panel on immigration today. I wasn’t there, but this report suggests that the panel was an improvement over last year’s, which was basically a cheerleading session for amnesty and a path to citizenship. Unlike last year, today’s panel included one member, Derrick Morgan of the Heritage Foundation, who opposes that agenda. The panel was supposed to discuss this question: “Can there be meaningful immigration reform without citizenship?” »

Report: House GOP leadership to behave rationally

Featured image Robert Costa reports in the Washington Post that the GOP House leadership has decided to close up shop on bipartisan legislation and focus exclusively on proposals that have wide Republican backing. This would mean no big-ticket items such as immigration reform this year. One must always be wary of the leadership’s disavowal of intent to pursue immigration reform. It may be an attempt to calm the waters, cause the base »

George Will’s flawed case for immigration reform

Featured image While we’re on the subject of George Will, let’s consider his column today in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. Will races through a series of objections by conservatives to such reform, dismissing many of them as reflecting a lack of faith in the vibrancy of our economy and our society that he finds unbecoming in conservatives. Knee-jerk pessimism is unbecoming in conservatives, but so is knee-jerk optimism. Conservatives should not »

Thanks, but no thanks, Chuck

Featured image You’ve got to love Chuck Schumer. The ever-helpful Senator has proposed that, since Republicans don’t trust President Obama to implement immigration reform legislation, they should pass legislation that kicks in after his term expires. Speaker Boehner promptly dismissed the idea, noting that it would leave Obama with no incentive to enforce existing immigration laws during the final three years of his presidency. That’s a valid objection. There is also the »

Does Michael Needham run the Republican party?

Featured image David Brooks seems to think so. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Brooks said that the immigration reform debate is really “about who runs the Republican Party.” That is, “do the leaders who want to have a long-term future, a presidential, national future as a multi-racial party, do they run the party, or does Mike [Needham] run the party. And the truth is, Mike runs the party.” Brooks is partly right. »