- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Elites vs. U.S.

“In 2006 something extraordinary happened in immigration politics. As Al Gore might put it, the people defeated the powerful. The much-maligned Republican 109th Congress passed immigration-enforcement legislation to build a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border, without including an amnesty for illegal immigrants. …

“One year ago, elites had crafted a much different scenario. It was going to be amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants, a massive increase in legal (and low-skilled) immigration accompanied by tepid and cosmetic ‘enforcement’ measures. …

“The elites are hoping that conservatives will abandon those congressmen and senators who had the temerity (and perhaps, even worse, the bad manners) to reject amnesty and faux enforcement unapologetically. …

“Perhaps elites are right, and conservatives truly are, in John Stuart Mill’s famous phrase, the ‘stupid party.’ But I’m betting this is not true, and that … conservatives will go to the polls in large numbers and stand with those who stood with them — and more importantly, beyond partisan considerations, stand with those who stood for our national interests as Americans over the special interests of elites.”

— John Fonte, writing on “Immigration Is No Joke,” Thursday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Cool comeback

“They were the big, black sunglasses of cool — of beat hip on Bob Dylan and Tiffany’s chic on Audrey Hepburn, of bluesy authenticity on John Belushi or adolescent risk on a young Tom Cruise. But after three decades of popularity, Wayfarers dropped off the sunglasses map near the end of the 1980s.

“Now Ray-Ban is plotting a revival for the boxy plastic shades. Jumping on the retro fashion trend, … Ray-Ban is bringing back the Wayfarers that Cruise helped boost to their last gasp of cool as the star of 1983’s ‘Risky Business.’ …

“Hollywood celebrities such as Kirsten Dunst and Sienna Miller have recently been photographed with Wayfarers. During the next few months, Ray-Ban is planning product placements in coming Hollywood films — but this time the focus will be getting the shades on as many actresses as on leading men.”

— Christina Passariello, writing on “Ray-Ban Hopes to Party Like It’s 1983 By Relaunching Its Wayfarer Shades,” Friday in the Wall Street Journal

Rush, borked

“Rush Limbaugh … is certainly a well-traveled, well-read and culturally current, very worldly baby boomer. His taste in rock and roll or comedy as expressed on his show reveal him to be what used to be called ‘progressive.’ …

“Yet in a nation of increasingly well-educated people, there is a new turn in the seemingly endless tales of liberal elites and their snobby pretensions that go beyond their disdain with the … heart of America. … That turn can be summed up in one word: betrayal.

“Were Rush Limbaugh exactly the same but a liberal … there would be no controversy to be had. … To have the audacity to be both a baby boomer and question the prevailing baby boomer liberal wisdom, to actually agree with middle America on the most important issues of the day is to risk sheer, unmitigated fury from one’s generational peers. To do this with the credentials of politics, the law, the media or Hollywood securely in your background is to set off a borking, the object of which is not to disagree, but destroy.”

— Jeffrey Lord, writing on “Borking Rush,” Monday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

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