The celebration of much of the Republican blogosphere about the defeat of the immigration bill is saddening. The party that did so much to pass NAFTA is degenerating, at least in its public face, into conservativism-as-a-reflex. It’s easy to say that the Republican netroots are intellectually empty, and it’s hard to disagree.
There are real reasons to oppose the immigration bill, but these rarely come up. Instead, mindless mantras of “Enforcement First!” come from bloggers who somehow don’t apply the same policy to other areas of the law. (Should all gun sales stop until all illegal guns are off the street? Should all stock trading stop until all corporate crooks are behind bars?)
Oh well. Remember when I said this:
At this point, I do not care if decapitated boyscouts are found in the offices of the Republican Congressional Leadership. The GOP must win back the House and the Senate in ’08.
It’s still true.
I’ll vote Republican even if my party stays the party of the know-nothings, because the Democratic Party is even worse. Stupid is better than defeatist any day.