November 23, 2004

Death of the West

According to Newsmax (famous last words I know), Hillary Clinton might try to run somewhere to the right of Pat Buchanan on immigration issues in, you know, her '08 campaign for world domination:
In a February 2003 interview that went unreported except by NewsMax, Clinton told WABC Radio's John Gambling, "I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants."

"Clearly, we have to make some tough decisions as a country," the top Democrat warned. "And one of them ought to be coming up with a much better entry and exit system so that if we're going to let people in for the work that otherwise would not be done, let's have a system that keeps track of them."

Sen. Clinton said she would support "at least a visa ID, some kind of an entry and exit ID. And, you know, perhaps, although I'm not a big fan of it, we might have to move towards an ID system even for citizens."
I'm all in favor of Democrats becoming the party of guys flying Confederate flags on their pickup trucks. But does that really have to involve trotting out racist, short-sighted policies at every turn? I guess it beats ugly demagoguing against free trade. Barely. More substantively, though, how does anyone expect to see the Emerging Democratic Majority through without lots and lots of legal and illegal immigration?
-- Brad Plumer 1:22 AM || ||