David Frum wrote recently that
"Whatever happened to immigration?Republican House leader John Boehner says we are living through a political â€?rebellionâ€? on the Right. Yet the issue that most excited conservatives just 18 months ago has almost disappeared.Immigration went unmentioned in the governorâ€™s races in Virginia and New Jersey. Doug Hoffmanâ€™s Palin-backed candidacy tiptoed around the subjectâ€”even at one point appearing to endorse guest-worker programs.California is immigration ground zero. In the special election Tuesday in Californiaâ€™s 10th Congressional District, the Democrat, John Garamendi, endorsed a McCain-Kennedy style amnesty. The Republican, Doug Harmer, laid low. "[Immigration: A hot-button issue on ice, By David Frum, The Week, November 4, 2009]
Well, immigration hasn`t disappeared—for one thing, it affects all the other issues, (see list
) for another thing, Obama and La Raza still want amnesty, and Republican voters don`t want it.
This would be a great opportunity for Republicans, if they weren`t afraid that anything they say against amnesty will be criticized both from the left and from the Righteous Right—which includes David Frum
So the issue hasn`t disappeared, it`s been disappeared
—like Lou Dobbs
. I note, by the way that David Frum`s website used to be called NewMajority.com
, it`s now called FrumForum.
That it more credible—David Frum`s version of conservatism is not going to build a new majority.
Lawrence Auster asked
"How reliable can a book on political strategy be that is called "Conservatism That Can Win Again," when its author endorsed and joined the campaign of a candidate who ended up winning one delegate? "