by Matt Stoller, Sun Sep 03, 2006 at 09:46:36 PM EDT
I'm not sure who this is trying to convince, but this mail piece is xenophobic and unpersuasive. Didn't we learn in 2002 and 2004 that uniforms don't convince people that Democrats make good Republicans?
Update: There's some great stuff in the comments. Here's the direct mail piece Duckworth is responding to:
And here's an article about immigrants moving into the district.
Since this post generated some heated discussion, let me clarify. I am personally against immigrant-bashing, which I see as veiled racism. Long term, the use of racism in our party is a terrible political and moral problem. I also don't think this ad works, for a lot of reasons, but the primary one is that the liberal heroic narrative has nothing to do with being mean to other people. If you use a right-wing heroic narrative as a Democrat, it is unlikely to do anything but sacrifice your own credibility as a candidate. If the goal of this mail piece is to turn off Republican voters who are worried about Duckworth's moderate stance on immigration, the right message is to attack Roskam and the Republican Party's credibility on the issue. The conservative base is quite upset that the GOP hasn't been able to get anything done on immigration, and if you are able to convince them that both parties are the same, you can drive down GOP turnout. Which is a more persuasive argument to a right-winger? Bush and the Republicans aren't conservative enough and can't get anything done, or Tammy Duckworth is a hardliner on immigration even though she backs McCain-Kennedy and will vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker?