Just a few random thoughts… (I haven’t done any of these in a while)…
Some (actually, all) commenters to my post defending amnesty suggested “enforcement by attrition” as an alternative to amnesty. This position was forcefully championed by Fred Thompson, a man who I very much respect, as well as by most conservative pundits. As I understand it, enforcement by attrition would attempt to drive illegal aliens out of the country by denying them jobs. This is a good idea, and should have its place in our immigration plan.
But frankly, I don’t think even the most aggressive enforcement of laws against hiring illegal aliens would cause all the illegals in this country to leave. And if only ten percent stayed, that would be over a million people. And it’s better to have them here legally (assuming they haven’t committed any crimes) than to have them here illegally, which would de facto amnesty anyway.
I must admit that one of my favorite blogs is becoming the Democratic Underground, if only for the sheer charm of its ridiculously ill-informed posters. Actual DU threads: “Palin kills defenseless puppies”, “Final Score: Barack Obama wins the day” and “I Spent Years as a POW with John McCain, and His Finger Should Not Be Near the Red Button.” These posts are so silly and out of touch with reality that it’s hard not to feel just a bit sympathetic towards these idiots.
Okay, I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of brains from the Democratic Underground, but I would from the Obama campaign, which makes its most recent missteps simply baffling. As part of Barack Obama’s oft promised pledge to “take the gloves off,” Obama has released his most devastating ad yet, which accuses McCain of not being ready to lead because…he can’t use a computer. Well. Still, it’s something, right? Except that a little Googling would reveal that McCain can’t use a computer because of the torture he suffered in Vietnam. It’s incredible—another unforced error on the part of the Obama campaign.
Speaking of unforced errors, Joe Biden is a walking treasury of them. Is there any other candidate who would tell a man in a wheelchair to “stand up, let people see you”? But his realization “God love ya, what am I saying” is so wonderfully hapless that it’s somehow hard to hold anything against him. And it’s hard not to feel sorry for Biden—he’s a decent man, and really not a bad VP pick; it’s just that he’s so far out of his league when put up against Palin.
When I attended McCain’s Lebanon rally, I got to shake his hand. Maybe I’m just starstruck, but the memory still feels special.
If the election were held today, Barack Obama would almost certainly lose. But if the election had been held three weeks ago, Obama probably would have squeaked out a victory. Lesson: Republicans shouldn’t become overconfident.
The media is drawing a lot of flak from conservatives over it’s treatment of Sarah Palin. Yes, the coverage is outrageous—but it’s important to remember that the media always acts like that. It’s just more noticeable now.