Last night's Presidential debate opens the door for someone (maybe someone from CNN, in Thursday's debate?) to pose a question I've long suggested for Mitt Romney: Why did you return to Marriott Corporation's board of directors in January 2009, knowing that the company is the very epitome of the "illegal immigration" problem? And what, if anything, did you propose there to change things?
Mitt Romney was once supportive of Kennedy-McCain style comprehensive immigration reform, but that was way back in 2005. By 2007, when he was running to the right of John McCain in the Republican Presidential primaries, Romney had made his opposition to reform a centerpiece of his campaign, blasting McCain over it in debates, and running harsh ads on the issue.
The ANSWER coalition for immigrant rights is holding a press conference in Boston today, announcing plans for a protest this Saturday at the National Governors Association annual meeting, which Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is expected to attend. The protest, at noon Saturday in Copley Square, is intended to show opposition to the Arizona law, signed by Brewer, that calls on police to check the status of suspected illegal aliens.
I've had a theory for oh, maybe six months, that I've talked about with a number of people (including a few members of Congress and staffers) but have not publicly pontificated on. So, I'm now going to lay it out (a bit below), under the pretext of commenting on Kevin Drum, who in turn is commenting on Ezra Klein. Both smart folks, but both missing some of the lay of the land that I -- a self-anointed leading national expert on what I've dubbed the "movement conservative marketplace" -- know better than they.