Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I guess that it is unfair to suggest this morning that ALL the Presidential candidates are espousing toufgh on immigrant views. Indeed, Ruben Navarrette Jr. had very kind words for Gov. Bill Richardson's response on immigration last week during the Democratic Presidentiul debate in Las Vegas. His column begins:
"What can I say? Bill Richardson rocks.
While John Edwards and Barack Obama were taking shots at Hillary Clinton during the recent CNN Democratic debate in Las Vegas, the New Mexico governor was focusing on his own candidacy and delivering one of the best performances of the night.
Even those who believe that Richardson is really auditioning for a vice presidential nomination would have to concede that the audition is going well.
Just think about the novel way in which Richardson, in answering a question from the audience about the tone of the immigration debate, did something that is practically unheard of in the dizzying pander-monium of the 2008 campaign: He scolded the audience and told them that not only do we have a dysfunctional border that is being breached by illegal immigrants, a dysfunctional system that makes it too hard for people to enter legally, and a dysfunctional Congress that won't tackle the issue in an honest and productive way, but even the way we discuss these issues is dysfunctional.
Richardson seized on the question to make a pitch for more civility in our discourse. "We should stop demonizing immigrants," he said. "We should stop doing that.""