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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Law of the Land, Supply and Demand

Has anyone ever said anything so smart and so stupid simultaneously? Check out this quote from Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee:

"If the law of the land ignores the law of supply and demand, the law of supply and demand will win."

I think that's true. But just think about Mehlman's GOP, and how often it ignores that maxim: prescription drugs from Canada, medical marijuana, recreational drug use, prostitution, online gambling, etc.

I'll make a deal with Mr. Mehlman. If he takes this belief of his to its logical conclusions, I'll vote straight Republican this year.


At 6:56 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

Mehlman's quote was specifically talking about the President's guest worker program. I think it's almost a foregone conclusion that the GOP will ignore supply and demand on this issue until hell freezes over. That's my Fred Edelstein lock of week.

At 7:01 AM, Blogger MDS said...

It's an issue where I think there could be a fairly large split within the GOP. There are basically three factions at work here:
1. Strategists who think getting more Hispanic voters is the way for the GOP to make electoral gains.
2. Business types who want a steady supply of cheap labor.
3. Natives who think foreigners coming into the country are a drain on the culture and the economy.

I think the types of people who show up at GOP fund-raisers are a lot more likely to belong to groups 1 and 2, but the majority of people who vote in a typical GOP primary belong to group 3. So it'll be interesting to see how all this breaks out. I think there's a good chance that in 2008, the GOP dark horse who makes the biggest impact will be the one whose platform is the most stridently anti-immigrant.

At 8:38 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

You're probably right, especially given that Republicans have had some success linking national security with anti-immigration policy.

Hopefully the GOP split will be large enough that they 1. Lose, and 2. Change their philosophy to something palatable.

At 10:56 AM, Blogger dhodge said...

My guess (and fear) is that the GOP will be able to continue fudging the immigration issue until the Democrats figure out how to win elections.


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