PoliPundit gets tough on enforcement and Lorie Byrd responds by revoking her own guest-worker status and deporting herself back to Byrd Droppings. Can we officially start worrying about a conservative crack-up? Sí se puede!
Thank goodness we have the hysterical stupidity and bad faith of the New York Times editorial board to bring us together:
President Bush’s speech from the Oval Office last night was not a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform. It was a victory for the fear-stricken fringe of the debate…
Rather than standing up for truth, Mr. Bush swiveled last night in the direction of those who see immigration, with delusional clarity, as entirely a problem of barricades and bad guys. His plan to deploy “up to 6,000” National Guard troops to free the Border Patrol to hunt illegal immigrants is a model of stark simplicity, one sure to hearten the Minuteman vigilantes, frightened conspiracy theorists, English-only Latinophobes, right-wing radio and TV personalities, and members of Congress who have no patience for sorting out the various and mixed blessings that surging immigration has given this country.
“Fear-stricken” is rhetoric borrowed from the debate over terrorism, where it’s deployed by leftists to dress up their own ignorance or indifference as “bravery.” Nice job by the Times adapting it to their purposes here. I think I speak for all of us when I say we appreciate the lessons in moral courage from people who soil themselves daily over NSA data-mining and the perpetually looming Christian fundamentalist takeover.
More speech reaction: Kaus was unimpressed, Lowry is using the C-word, and no one in NRO’s mini-roundup has much to say that’s complimentary except for politicians John Cornyn and Dan Lungren, who don’t have much choice.
Update: The Washington Post liked Bush’s speech, yet somehow they managed to convey that point without accusing conservatives of violent racism. Exhibit 4,835 why WaPo is a better newspaper than the New York Times.
Update: Blog schisms are the least of our worries, says Confederate Yankee, who points to the fruits of unassimilation in Europe.
Update: NRO: Amnesty Undeniable.