Thursday, October 20, 2011
I'm Peter St. Onge, associate editor of the editorial board, and I'll be bringing you perspective today from opinionated people everywhere, including us.
What are people talking about?
While the initial buzz about Tuesday night's Republican debate centered around the haymakers thrown by frontrunner Mitt Romney and former frontrunner Rick Perry, the opinion universe is now turning its attention to the topic that prompted the most heat.
That would be illegal immigration - a mainstay of GOP debates. But, say some political observers, the current batch of candidates have veered far to the right of what Republicans like Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush said about the issue.
The International Business Times has video of the two future presidents debating the issue back in 1980, and their gentility regarding illegal immigrants is striking.
The Atlantic's Conor Friedersdorf says this debate, however, was full of demagoguery and false choices.
Politico says Perry hit Romney because the Texas governor wants to deflect attention from his deficiencies on the issue.
Flashback: On Sunday, I wrote how President George W. Bush offered a reasonable proposal on immigration five years ago, but that it was soundly defeated. What we're left with are harsh state immigrations laws that hurting local economies with rotting crops and struggling businesses.
Tuesday's debate, combined with a White House reluctant to confront the issue, was another reminder of how far we are from a solution that would penalize illegal immigrants, yet offer them a path to citizenship that would benefit us all.
Closer to home
The Observer's editorial board explains why Herman Cain = anchovy pizza.
Check your pockets while The Raleigh News & Observer's Barry Saunders speculates why someone hasn't yet claimed a $10 million N.C. lottery prize.
The Greensboro News & Record, which followed Obama around their corner of North Carolina this week, says they hope he and Washington realize the folks he meets need more than a handshake.
Around the country
The Weekly Standard says the Obama administration's abandonment of a piece of its health care reform is more evidence that Obamacare is fundamentally dishonest.
A New York Time panel examines a question important to Charlotte: Have regulations hurt bank profits?
The Hillary-Joe Biden switch won't die. The Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn is the latest to chime in, and he has a thoughtful analysis about why it might be a good idea.
His colleague, Steve Chapman, says nope.
Posted by The Observer Editorial Board at 7:20 AM