Carol Platt Liebau: "Lawless" vs. "Racist"

Monday, May 15, 2006

"Lawless" vs. "Racist"

So the Democrats are trying to argue that Republicans aren't the party of "law and order" because they haven't been enforcing the border.


At its most debased level, the debate over illegal immigration has always consisted of Republicans insisting that Democrats are lawless because they seem unconcerned about everything from border security to fraudulent voting. The Democrats, in turn, have charged that Republican efforts to enforce the border and other laws are tantamount to racism -- an argument that's frightened Republicans, given the ever-increasing Latino vote.

First, it's hard to understand how the Democrats can argue that Republicans don't care about border security -- when the toughest provisions for it come from the Republican side. Second, if the Democrats want to begin the process of hurling specious charges, they needn't doubt that at least some Republican partisans will hasten to hurl the "r" charge that the Dems themselves have abused for so long.


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