Friday, January 13, 2006

An Odd Alliance

On C-SPAN yesterday I saw an ABA panel on immigration. There were union representatives and others, but part of the pro-immigration contingent consisted of arch-tax-cutter Grover Norquist, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, and a representative of some official Catholic group. There's probably no other issue that all three of them would agree on. Romero is pro-choice, Norquist wants lower taxes, the Catholic guy is pro-life and wants higher taxes. There's something about this issue that just cuts through everything.

Also, Patrick Leahy is perhaps the least funny person ever. During the Alito hearings Specter and Grassley would occasionally joke back and forth (once about Anita Hill: weird?) and Leahy would always try to jump in with some jibe but was consistently unfunny. He just didn't get it.

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