July 14, 2014

A Cold Administration

Peggy Noonan on the border crisis.

Peggy Noonan: “What is happening at the southern border is a true and actual crisis. …The president of course has rushed to the scene – to go, as always, to fundraisers. This is at the moment a scandal, but why? Clever people say it’s an unforced error. He has to show he cares! He ought to journey to an overwhelmed border area, stand there and point to the middle distance as a local official in a hopefully picturesque hat briefs him. It’s almost touching how much the press wants to see this. But why? Why do they want to see the president enact a degree of alarm he clearly does not feel? … There is every sign [Barack Obama] let the crisis on the border build to put heat on Republicans and make them pass his idea of good immigration reform. It would be ‘comprehensive,’ meaning huge, impenetrable and probably full of mischief. His base wants it. It would no doubt benefit the Democratic Party in the long term. The little children in great danger, holding hands, staring blankly ahead, are pawns in a larger game. That game is run by adults. How cold do you have to be to use children in this way?”

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