Not too long ago, I wrote that while the Democratic Party establishment has no problem attacking the grassroots, the Republican Party Establishment is beholden to their base. The recent immigration debate, brought on by the Arizona Legislature, and drafted by a hate group, brings this issue to the fore. I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of Republican leaders willing to speak out against this law, despite its popularity.
Of all the slings and arrows I could throw at the Bush Administration, racism is not one of them. Bush didn't care about the color of your skin, he cared about how much money you had in your bank account. His immigration bill was less than perfect, but its a lot better than nothing. Not surprisingly, its the Bushies that are attacking the law. Oh, and John McCain (who says he never claimed to be a maverick) looks worse and worse by comparison every single day.
But all this leads me to the oddities of the American political system, as noticed by Bush and Rove - African Americans and Latinos tend to vote for candidates who don't share their political views on social issues. Significant portions of African American voters are anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and as anti-tax as anyone. Similar portions of Latino voters are equally anti-choice, anti-gay and anti-tax. And yet, these voters either stay at home or vote Democratic in every election. I think the reason for this discrepancy is that minority voters view Republicans as racists - a view that is exacerbated by issuing proclamations in support of the Confederacy (without mentioning slavery), opposing civil rights legislation, supporting oppressive anti-immigration legislation, etc. Until that changes, the GOP will never make significant inroads with these key constituencies.
Other notes: its pretty clear now that the economy of much of the Bush Administration was based upon the housing market, which everyone knew was precarious. This article makes clear that while the Fed had some reservations, and knew how to slow down the bubble (by rising interest rates), it chose not to. . .I'm not sure I like the Chargers' draft this year. . .I like the Padres' start. . .
And lastly, the Obama Administration, or more specifically, Obama, needs to make clear that he won't allow the U.S. to devolve into cowardice and fear because some loser tried to set off a bomb. That's what the terrorists want - they want us to strip away the rights of American citizens, they want cower in fear. We win when we refuse to do so. With that said, big props to the street vendors who helped the police nail that loser in New York.