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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, May 13, 2010

English as official language

With immigration on the front burner, expect English as the national language to once again come to the fore.

A Gallup poll says immigration is up as an issue, but still only at 10% of people majorly concerned about it. (And it will serve to rally the Republican base.)

However, you figure the Obama folks are more organized than the diffuse Republican opposition, so they're going on a more coordinated polling response, whereas Republicans are working more on a gut level collective response, so, I guess watching how the Obama folks play will probably offer a better read.

I'm just not sure how it's all going to spin out. My early gut says Dems win if immigration becomes the issue, but I'm not totally sure. What do you think?

(PS. It would be interesting to see if immigration becomes the issue as Republicans spent the last year and a half setting up the anti-healthcare, anti-bailout, "Obama as spender" campaign, however maybe immigration could play into that in a not so direct way.

Imagine the indirect message "Obama takes care of everyone else but me, even those non-white, non citizens."

That would play into the "other" meme and increase Republican white identification, potentially among soft racist independents.

That's a little inexact in description, but I think you get my point.)


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