Towards A Good Samaritan World

Thursday, June 22, 2006


The turnaround in Bush's poll numbers, which according to one Rasmussen poll just rose to 42%, their highest since early April, will probably be attributed to the death of Zarqawi. Maybe. But it started before that. If you look carefully, it seems to have occurred exactly at the time Bush gave his immigration speech.

This doesn't mean that Bush's position on immigration is popular. It means that (some of) the people whom Bush's position appeals to do not support him on other issues, but are willing to support him because of this one. The support Bush picked up in the center-left with his stance on immigration may have offset whatever voters he alienated on the right.

Sometimes a courageous stand for right principles can also be shrewd triangulation.


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