Fearing the base and the YouTube debate
Is there a secret plan being hatched by the federal government to construct a NAFTA super-highway from Mexico straight through to Canada, stopping off in Kansas City?
Alongside immigration and Iraq, it is a question that is being posed with surprising regularity to the leading Republican presidential candidates by people who fear it is the first step toward the establishment of a new mega-country that would merge Mexico and the United States.
Some of the ideas that come out of the Republican base are pretty freakin' crazy, and I sincerely doubt that the Republican candidates want to face them in a closely watched national debate.
Does life begin at conception? Is the eath 6,000 years old? Do you believe in evolution? Support for Israel? What limits on gun control? Do you believe that homosexuality is a sin?....
This batch of candidates does not really want to address elements in their base, they want to assuage them, which is best done out of the limelight.