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Brad Miller is an ideal Congressman: serious, sincere and hard-working. Here is how decent a guy Brad is:  He chaired the Senate committee that ...

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The day before the election, when defense attorneys asked a Durham judge to remove DA Mike Nifong from the Duke University lacrosse rape case, chargin...

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Art Pope is now Pope of the North Carolina Republican Party. By engineering the defeats of Reps. Richard Morgan and Rick Eddins, Pope made himself Su...

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Robert Grady ran for the State House in 1984; he was one of only two Republicans elected that year from east of Raleigh. Four years later, Art Pope ra...

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I don’t know whether Art Pope is going to knock off Richard Morgan in Tuesday’s primary.  But I’m willing to bet that Morgan beats Pope in the St...

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The fall elections have been looking pretty bleak for Republicans, lately. After President Bush’s stands on the United Arab Emirates ports deal – le...

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Before Iraq, there was Vietnam.   Before America got bogged down in a war in the Middle East, we got bogged down in a war in Asia.   Bef...

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Gary Praises the President

Brace yourself. I have something good to say about George W. Bush.

But I’ll probably end up taking it back.

Bush went to Orange County, California, Monday.  He talked about immigration.  And he spoke out clearly against the anti-immigrant demagogues in his own party: 

 

“I know this is an emotional debate…but one thing we cannot lose sight of is that we’re talking about human beings, decent human beings.”

 

He’s right.  Right many Republicans have lost sight of that.  

Bush went on.  He dismissed one of the demagogues’ favorite proposals:

 

“Massive deportation of the people here is unrealistic.  It’s just not going to work.”

 

Way to go, George.  I give you an atta-boy.

But here comes the part where I take it back.

It turns out he was talking to 300 business owners.  It turns out he was telling them they shouldn’t be penalized for hiring illegal immigrants.

In other words, this wasn’t a heartfelt speech about immigrants who are “decent human beings.”  It was about a key political constituency that makes decent political contributions.

Well, I tried to say something nice.

 

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How much trouble does President Bush think he is in over Iraq?   A lot.    Witness three news items:   Bush’s photo op in...

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I’ve posted several items about anti-immigration politics.  And immigrant-bashing clearly is the strategy of at least one wing of the Republican ...

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