I'd assumed that Rudy Giuliani would capture the Republican Presidential nomination because he understood that folks mainly voted for Mr. Bush out of fear. But Matt Taibbi suggests that Fred Thompson has done Mr. Giuliani one better. Long story short, Mr. Thompson could capture the Republican Presidential nomination not because he'll convince voters that he alone can protect them, but because he alone can help them escape the world that threatens them. I already think Fred Thompson is lazy like a fox, so I'm willing to credit him with some foresight, too -- maybe the same voters who voted with their rage glands in 2004 are a little tired, and ripe to be told it's OK to just forget about all the havoc they've helped wreak and let Ole Fred handle it. At least rage has a certain honesty.
I've complained (but not often enough) that the "liberal" media's framing of the immigration "debate" casts it only as a battle between nativists and corporatists, and FAIR seems to agree with me. FAIR's analysis also takes us all the way back to 1993 and highlights the role of NAFTA in ruining the Mexican small farmer (you remember how Republicans love small farmers?) and thus increasing illegal immigration. "If we don't fix the failed NAFTA model of free trade," one Latino leader said in June, "we'll be fighting over immigration again and again." You'd almost think that was the idea -- especially since a total of zero media outlets in the United States reported that statement.
In other news, the House did not achieve a veto-proof majority in passing S-CHIP legislation. Curiously, one of the "no" votes came from Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who said he could not in good conscience vote for a bill that excludes legal immigrant children from its benefits. One could argue that Mr. Kucinich's stance lets the perfect murder the good -- or one could argue that excluding legal immigrant children is a way of pandering to the far-right, and therefore worth opposing, even at the cost of killing the bill. This is why folks don't peer into the sausage factory too often. If I were Nancy Pelosi, I would have passed this bill long ago, instead of making little deals to get recalcitrant Republicans and Blue Dogs on board, and let Mr. Bush take the PR hit from dealing with it. See? The answer to every question is don't worry about what Mr. Bush wants. He sure doesn't worry about what we want.