- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Blue-collar Lou

“Who is the most left-wing commentator on mainstream television? Keith Olbermann? Bill Maher? Not even close. I’m talking about a man who says both parties are ‘bought and paid for by corporate America,’ and calls lobbyists ‘arms dealers in the war on the middle class.’ … I refer, of course, to Lou Dobbs. …

“So why aren’t liberals cheering? Because, for Dobbs, taking on corporate America means taking on corporate America’s thirst for illegal-immigrant labor. …

“While low-skilled immigration may benefit the United States as a whole, it rarely benefits low-skilled Americans. And, for many blue-collar Americans today, Mexican immigration — whether legal or not — is not just linked to broader anxieties about globalization; it has become the prime symbol of those anxieties. In the coming years, unless Democrats take a hard line on immigration, their hard line on trade is unlikely to do them much electoral good.

“Economic nationalism may offer the Democratic Party its best chance in decades for an enduring reconciliation with the white working class. But if it happens it won’t be pretty. If you embrace Lou Dobbs, you embrace him in full.”

— Peter Beinart, writing on “Going Native,” in the Nov. 6 issue of the New Republic

Web TV

“Networks are jostling to remain relevant to a future in which TV, movies, and music are fully integrated into the Internet, with portable devices allowing entertainment on the go. NBC has just announced massive cuts to its broadcast primetime lineup in order to focus on providing programming over the Internet. Other media conglomerates are sure to follow. Hollywood is scrambling to figure out how to use new media. …

“What does this mean for consumers? As choices increase, consumers are increasingly able to select their type of media. Gone are the days when everyone at the water cooler discussed the prior night’s episode of ‘M*A*S*H.’

“With the loss of a large, relatively universal market goes the need to appeal to a broad spectrum of hearts and minds. Everyone can now preach to his own choir. … This creates an opportunity for new voices to shout in the bigger and less controlled marketplace. Artists with a more conservative voice have an opportunity to compete alongside the nihilists, socialists, and hedonists. Gentlemen (and ladies), start your laptops.”

— Rebecca Cusey, writing on “Prime-Time Internet,” in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

More than a beer

“These days, most Americans know the Revolutionary War figure Samuel Adams only as a beer maker — his name and image adorn one of one most popular and acclaimed premium brews in the country.

“But as every label on every bottle of Sam Adams suds attests, Adams was a ‘Brewer Patriot.’

“He not only armed American colonials with unassailable legal and historical arguments for home rule and civil and economic rights, he helped create political and cultural institutions such as the Sons of Liberty (the group that fought against British occupation and masterminded the Boston Tea Party); the ‘committees of correspondence’ (which coordinated activities among pro-independence colonial assemblies), and the Continental Congress (which produced the Declaration of Independence) that made the Revolution possible.”

— Nick Gillespie, writing on “Brewer Patriot,” Monday in the New York Post

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