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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Romney Talks Immigration

Apparently there will be no more self-deportations.  He still didn't say whether he would rescind Obama's executive order, only that he will replace it with something vaguely "different and better" without really describing what that might be.

He then basically says that he will do all the things Obama has done (strengthen border security, avoid splitting up families of illegal immigrants if possible) only that he will do it "better" and in a "bipartisan fashion".  He might actually be able to pull off the latter, because the GOP wouldn't vote for Christmas if Obama proposed it, whereas you know Joe Manchin is just itching to show his independence by pissing on the party that made him a Senator.

That goes to something Gary Wills wrote the other day about third party narcissism.  He basically pointed out that you vote the party, not the man.  The man (or woman) will disappoint you because they are fallible, whereas the party represents a set of agendas and plans that are much more indicative of what will happen once in power.

I think there's real truth in that.  Yes, America is more partisan than ever before, but that might be because the parties are more ideologically different than ever before, with much of that coming from an ideologically extreme GOP.

But don't tell the Beltway Mavens about it, or it's fainting couch time.

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