..."The size and magnitude of the demonstrations had some kind of backfire effect," said John McLaughlin, a Republican pollster who said he was working for 26 House members and seven senators seeking re-election. "The Republicans that are tough on immigration are doing well right now..."Of course, the NYT has its own issues to deal with. Such as the idea that those who don't support strong efforts to reduce illegal immigration have a "moderate" position:
Mike Hellon, one of the more moderate candidates in the current primary [to replace "guest" worker advocate Jim Kolbe], said: "The marches have hardened positions on both sides. People who really want the border closed — who want to put troops down there — are more passionate than ever, and the other side is more sympathetic." He added, "It does escalate the risk factor for a moderate like me."And, the NYT also has this:
But many Hispanics said opinions had changed dramatically in the past few weeks, partly because of the hostility they perceived in some proposals from Mr. Hayworth and other conservatives.One way to read that - and perhaps the intended way - is that J.D. Hayworth has advocated shooting people crossing the border. Somehow I doubt that he has, and the only people who've done that are on the fringe of the fringe. How could the NYT let such a statement go unopposed? Well, because they're the NYT.
"When people are talking about shooting people who come across the border," said Harry Garewal, chief executive of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, "yeah, I think that causes some angst."
"You might be getting a momentary bump [from being opposed to massive illegal immigration] but in the long run you are going to lose."Needless to say, the NYT doesn't disclose Grijalva's past membership in that racial separatist group, nor do they spend any time discussing the propriety of an argument based on demographic hegemony.
Immigration · Mon, 04/17/2006 - 07:56 · Importance: 1