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Why you don’t ‘mess with Texas’

August 23rd, 2011


This piece was originally published by Politico.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas makes the Republican establishment very nervous.

The George W. Bush people are virtually apoplectic over the prospect of Perry’s winning the nomination. Karl Rove warned on Fox News, “Gov. Perry is going to have to fight the impression that he’s a cowboy from Texas.” Rove wrote in his column, “The Republican Party will find it more difficult to gain the support [of disaffected Obama voters] if its nominee adopts a tone that’s harshly negative.”

Here’s a handy rule of thumb: If Rove believes a candidate is too right-wing to get elected, then the candidate may be too right-wing to get elected. Read the rest of this entry »

Profiling Arizona’s Immigration Law

May 1st, 2010


This piece was originally published in National Journal.

Politics is about seizing opportunities.

When a California health insurance company hiked individual premiums as much as 39 percent in February, congressional Democrats seized the opportunity to showcase the urgency of health care reform. Last month, when the Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit against Goldman Sachs alleging fraud, Democrats seized the opportunity to build momentum for financial regulation.

Now Democrats are warning that the federal government had better pass reasonable legislation to deal with illegal immigration, or else. Or else what? Or else more states could pass Arizona-style immigration laws that threaten to turn America into a police state. The Arizona statute authorizes the police to detain anyone who appears to be an illegal immigrant and isn’t carrying documents that prove otherwise.

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