U.S. Electoral Politics: January 2008 Archives
I encourage everyone to write a letter to the editor and leave comments on the websites of the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Houston Chronicle, The New Bedford Standard-Times, the Worcester Telegram, and the Berkshire Eagle. It is especially important that people write letters to the editors of these papers to counter the inevitable firestorm that will play out in the editorial sections.
Here is the key passage in Sam Roberts' NY Times article for my purposes today:
With Mr. Spitzer's political capital depleted and the governor hardly eager to embark on another unpopular crusade
By "unpopular crusade," I'm speculating that Roberts
primarily means Spitzer's attempt to fulfill a campaign promise to reinstate
Hillary Clinton's recent dip in the polls ahead of the primaries has also been attributed by many to her "gaffe" on the same subject in a debate a couple months ago.
Political capital is ineffable and notoriously volatile. Much of a politician's room to maneuver
depends on which narrative our media gatekeepers decide is suitable for
consumption by the masses. Those
gatekeepers are often easily misled as to the prevailing temper of the
public--witness the "Village's" continuing support
for the War in
This ongoing disjunction between reality and media narrative has not arisen organically--it has several causes, among them: fear of being labeled soft on national security, fear of being caught by surprise again after 9/11, ignorance of the substantive details of the issues at hand, weariness of being tagged with the now-pejorative "liberal" label, coziness with power brokers in government and business who profit from the machinery of war, and simple groupthink.
I propose that savvy conservative activists have perpetuated a similar con on the gatekeepers: the Great Immigration Swindle. Through a decades-long coordinated effort, groups calling for more restrictive immigration policies, or "restrictionists" for short, have positioned a media narrative once considered racist and extreme as fully mainstream.
Here are the component parts of the Swindle: