Immigration is causing a nightmare for everyone.
Gallup’s out with the first polling numbers, which asks the question in a way that leaves a lot of pull for analysis: “Based on what you know or have read about the state of Arizona’s new immigration law, do you favor or oppose it?” Not surprisingly, 51% favor it, 39% oppose it. Ignorance is no excuse for bigotry. No wonder Pres. Obama doesn’t want to tackle it this year, which was utterly predictable, though that didn’t stop Senate Democrats, with Dana Bash having the story, which stars Sen. Harry Reid. Considering what he’s facing in November, no one is surprised by this development.
But it’s in Britain where immigration may have claimed it’s first political casualty.
The Telegraph has the details and the audio.
It’s a politician’s nightmare. That’s particularly true when you’re in a tough race and you have just started to pull away a bit.
Gillian Duffy, a 66-year-old widow, told Gordon Brown that she was concerned about immigration from Eastern Europe. […] But as he got into his car and sped away with his microphone still on, he can be heard berating his staff for allowing the encounter.
[…] The aide asked what Mrs Duffy had said, and Mr Brown replied: “Everything. She’s just a sort of bigoted woman who says she used to be Labour.”
Tonight’s final debate, which will be on economics, was seen to be Brown’s big chance, but instead of thinking about the debate he’s been on damage control.
E.J. Dionne has a nice overview.
Steve Richards of the Independent has the best analysis of what’s now become “bigotgate.”
[…] The most dangerous element of this sequence for Labour was Ms Duffy’s parting words. She declared that she was not planning to vote Labour at the election. Of all the moods whirling around this election the anti-Labour one is strongest. Those who wallow in disillusionment suddenly have a heroine.
The real danger for Labour is not what Gordon Brown said to Gillian Duffy, but what she said to him. Fairly or not, Gillian Duffy speaks for many voters.