THINGS YOU CAN BLAME ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FOR. According to Tom Tancredo, the real reason for the increase in violent crime in Newark, NJ, is -- just guess -- illegal immigration. He's encouraging families of victims to file a lawsuit against the city for allowing undocumented residents to live there. Nevermind that immigrants have lower crime rates than native born residents; Tancredo is properly demagogic enough to ignore that fact.
SOUTHERN FRIED ELECTION NEWS UPDATE. A new Rasmussen poll showsHillary Clinton has a pretty remarkable 20-point lead over both Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson in -- wait for it -- Arkansas. The poll also shows Clinton has a 65 percent favorability rating in the state. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she was the former first lady in the Arkansas governor's mansion, but this is still pretty impressive.
FRED THOMPSON THEN AND NOW.Via Marc Ambinder, we have two sides of Fred Thompson, who no one remembers was also sort of considering a presidential run back in 1998:
Fred Thompson Then
From a August 21, 1998 article in Commercial Appeal:
Taking a jab at such career campaigners as former Gov. Lamar Alexander and Vice President Al Gore, Thompson responded to a question about a possible presidential candidacy by saying, ''Contrary to popular belief, I don't think you have to run for president for 15 years. Or four years.''
RUDY GIULIANI WILL KILL YOU (WITH LAMENESS).Rudy Giuliani's Foreign Affairsarticle is the dumbest/scariest thing I've read in a serious journal in quite some time. In fact, I almost regret reading it, as I could have spent my time doing something more intellectually engaging like