NYT editorial on immigration name-checks "reality-based community"

I love it when they pander to lefty bloggers:

Is it [conservatives’] fear that the United States as we know it is on the brink of disintegrating under a flood of poor people looking for work? That dread was expressed this month in a much-buzzed-about report from the Heritage Foundation. It warned that the Senate bill would increase the United States population by 103 million in 20 years. An uproar followed, and led to an amendment that shrank the bill’s guest-worker quotas. The foundation then revised its estimate down to 66 million.

But that is still a staggeringly ridiculous sum, considering that Mexico’s entire work force is only 43 million. We suppose it is possible that every last worker south of the border could move here, bringing family members and pets, but Mexico and Central America would have to be depopulated to make the conservatives’ nightmare come true. To the reality-based community, thankfully, the Senate bill is not a nightmare.

What, no reference to “wingnuts”?

Read the whole editorial; it’s a useful primer on cartoonish invective. The Senate is “realistic and humane,” the House is a “brick wall” whose leader, Jim Sensenbrenner, is filled with “deathly pessimism” and intent on maintaining a bargaining stance marked by its “ferocity” and “sullen defeatism.” And then there’s this:

It is hard to understand what — besides election-year pandering and xenophobic hostility — motivates their unwillingness to bend toward the flexible, sensible policy that immigrants, their families and their advocates, many business organizations and labor unions, and a majority of the Senate are seeking.

And to think that Kaus sees a pro-amnesty bias in the mainstream media. That wingnut!

Meanwhile, here’s a report from the Washington Times that barely, and I mean barely, qualifies as “news.” The Washington Post looks at various House Republicans’ attitude towards the Senate bill and finds, curiously enough, that those facing the toughest re-election campaigns in November are taking a hardline stance. So much for the polls claiming most Americans agree with the Bush amnesty plan. And here’s Newsweek on how another country polices its southern border. Drink in the hypocrisy.