Sunday, November 16, 2014


So this was an election where immigration was one of the "more hotly debated issues"? Last I looked, this was an election about nothing more than the Republican chant of "we're not Obama" and the Democratic response of "well, maybe we're not either." For the 36% of eligible voters who bothered to exercise their right to press a lever, push a button, or hang a chad, this was a determination predicated on virtually no substantive debate.

And if Mr. Douthat is so offended by the "Great Betrayal" was he equally aggrieved when the Democrats held sway in both Houses and the Oval Office but were thwarted time and again in effectuating policy that the majority of this country appeared to favor?  "Just say no" was no longer a slogan of the war on drugs, but during the Obama years became the Republican mantra to undermine every position that the party in "power" attempted to effectuate.

The President, as even Mr. Douthat admits, has the authority to move forward on an executive action that is consistent with an immigration policy both humane and realistic. In the Republican universe, we can make life less tolerable for 11 million people living among us, but we are not going to deport them one by one out of this country. In that world, we may contend we would be better off without any of them, but that is merely a fiction.

Mr. Douthat surely favored political maneuvering when it suited the purpose of the party with whom he cast his lot. With Mr. Obama now flexing his remaining muscle, there is the faux cry of outrage from the Republican side of the aisle. Don't seem so shocked that the President would have the audacity to stand up to his opposition and not merely cave to the will (and the won't) of his adversaries. Mr. Obama is not betraying his principles or those of his party, he is merely asserting them.

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