YASSER ARAFAT COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT:
A story about Jeb Bush being in favor of amnesty, er… sorry, “comprehensive immigration reform” shouldn’t be anything new. But at the same time, the candidate seems to have been sending some mixed messages to the base over the course of his 2016 campaign. Not that long ago he said that he would rescind the President’s executive amnesty program, but speaking to a different outlet during that same week he hinted pretty much the exact opposite. It can all be so confusing, can’t it?
Fortunately, Jeb has cleared things up: “Jeb Bush vows to enact comprehensive immigration reform. To Telemundo. In Spanish.”
But of course — what else did you expect him to say? After all, “It is immigration—its universally celebrated benefits and its barely acknowledged costs—that is the third rail of U.S. politics,” Matthew Continetti wrote on Friday in “Revenge of the Radical Middle” at the Washington Free Beacon. “Trump didn’t step on the third rail; he embraced it, he won’t let go of it, and in so doing he’s become electric. Republicans, Democrats, journalists, corporations all want to define themselves against him, and their flaunting of their moral superiority only feeds the media monster, only makes Trump more attractive to the dispossessed, alienated, radical middle.”
Jeb is taking the radical middle for granted; they’re being enthusiastically courted by Trump. Which approach is more likely to woo them?