Friday, November 02, 2007

Things We Lost in the Debate

With all the talk about how Hillary Clinton's bungling of teh Spitzerz has put her campaign in damage control mode, here's the lost question: can an argument for Spitzer's plan be made on the merits? As it turns out, yes. And not by fools, neither. 9-11 Commissioner Slade Gorton is in favor of it. So is former NYPD Commish William Bratton. And, perhaps most eloquently, by former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke.

Minutes before we queued up for some lunch this afternoon, Matty mused something to the effect that, hey, if you wanted to be able to round up and deport a bunch of illegal aliens en masse, surely convincing said aliens to come to a government facility and put their information on the record would be a good way to affect it. And, heck, he's absolutely right.

Naturally, if that were the darker purpose of Spitzer's plan, disclosing that in order to sell the driver's license idea would tend to limit its efficacy.

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