Ramesh Ponnuru says that the restrictionist campaign to defeat Chris Cannon worked this time because “the restrictionist winner did not run as a single-issue candidate.” That’s certainly part of it — a single-issue candidate can make a splash running on border security or immigration policy more generally, but even voters who care deeply about immigration want a congressman who seems interested in other things as well. A monomaniacal focus on immigration isn’t usually an election winner. But I’d also point to the professionalism of the candidate: a lot of single-issue candidates tend to be objectively bad candidates in other respects, as fanaticism isn’t an appealing trait. Tom Tancredo’s immigration positions have more support than his amateurishly run presidential campaign. Chaffetz won in no small part because he was a serious candidate who ran a competent campaign that paid the right amount of attention to the incumbent’s unpopular immigration record.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?