A Front-Page Parody of Journalism
Even just the lead of the Providence Journal’s front-page reprint of this McClatchy Newspapers story deserves an LOL:
With little to gain and much to lose, the [Democrat] party’s presidential hopefuls avoid highlighting their positions, which are more moderate than their GOP rivals.
But David Lightman’s actual text gets even better (if one is judging his work as a specimen of journalistic parody, that is):
Democratic campaigns also are calculating that once the party nominations are decided, probably early next year, their party’s detailed, comprehensive approaches to giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship will look good next to Republicans’ demands simply to get ultratough with anyone who’s in the country illegally. …
Democrats are making two political calculations on immigration.
One is that their comprehensive, arguably more tolerant approach will help woo Hispanic voters, who could make up an estimated 10 percent of next year’s electorate. …
The other calculation by Democrats is that bringing up immigration can only hurt them at the moment, because it isn’t easy to explain comprehensive action during a quick-answer debate.
Call me an intolerant simpleton, but it’s all too easy to see legerdemain in comprehensive plans that, when looked at upside-down in a mirror (in Spanish), read: “Amnesty!”