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ADIOS, LATINO VOTE

Responding to Adam Serwer's cover story ("The Enforcement Paradox"), Afton Branche at the DMI Blog notes that Democrats' focus on enforcement is not only bad politics; it's also bad policy: "We can't keep scaling up enforcement in the hopes of ending undocumented immigration without also making it easier for people to migrate legally and extending legal status to the millions deeply rooted in our economy and society. But opponents of comprehensive immigration reform are quick to draw a line in the sand on the legality question; we aren't against legal immigrants, they claim, just undocumented immigrants. So it's baffling, but ultimately predictable, that politicians bent on stopping undocumented immigration won't consider any kind of reform that could actually achieve this goal. Candidates will continue to answer how they're supposed to on immigration, and propose ineffective fixes for a broken system."

Meanwhile, Economist blogger E.G. sees Democrats' missteps on immigration as yet another example of parties ignoring their constituents: "Mr. Serwer only mentions the Arizona immigration law in passing, but I think people are going to be talking about that one for years to come. [T]his approach is so shallow that it borders on racist. And both parties indulge in this kind of complacency: with regard to women, young people, evangelicals, African-Americans, etc. Annoying for the parties, no doubt, to approach every election cycle with millions of voters shrugging their shoulders and asking, 'What have you done for me lately?' But isn't that the question the voters should always be quick to ask?"

On Twitter, Douglas Rivlin, the press secretary for Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez -- a strong proponent of immigration reform -- called Serwer's piece "an excellent look at politics and policy of immigration reform."

HOLDING IS HELPING

At Houston's examiner.com, writer and teacher Jesse Alred pushes back against Sarah Garland ("Repeat Performance") to defend the practice of holding kids back in school: "When schools socially promote students, they are serving the political needs of adults; they are ignoring the student's problem; and they are setting the kids up for failure in the next grade. They are also sending the message to students that the learning component of schools, as opposed to the social and athletic components, are just not that important, at least not for people like them."

CONSERVATIVES FOR GRIDLOCK

When Instapundit Glenn Reynolds and conservative strategist Dick Morris linked to Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson's look at why gridlock in Congress is bad for policy ("The Stalemate State"), conservatives flooded the Prospect's inbox with impassioned defenses of government shutdowns. RL writes, "The federal government is the No. 1 enemy of freedom. Gridlock is wonderful." Angry Voter explains that "the very problems you describe are not due to 'gridlock' but rather an overzealous progressive agenda." And Gary Shaw just begs: "Gridlock pleaseeeeee."

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