Blue-col­lar Lou

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“Who is the most left-wing com­men­ta­tor on main­stream television? Keith Ol­ber­mann? Bill Ma­her? Not even close. I’m talk­ing about a man who says both par­ties are ‘bought and paid for by cor­po­rate Amer­ica,’ and calls lob­by­ists ‘arms deal­ers in the war on the mid­dle class.’ [. . .] I re­fer, of course, to Lou Dobbs. [. . .]

“So why aren’t lib­er­als cheer­ing? Be­cause, for Dobbs, tak­ing on cor­po­rate Amer­ica means tak­ing on cor­po­rate Amer­ica’s thirst for il­le­gal-im­mi­grant la­bor. [. . .]

“While low-skilled im­mi­gra­tion may ben­e­fit the United States as a whole, it rarely ben­e­fits low-skilled Amer­i­cans. And, for many bluecol­lar Amer­i­cans to­day, Mex­i­can im­mi­gra­tion — whether le­gal or not — is not just linked to broader anx­i­eties about glob­al­iza­tion; it has be­come the prime sym­bol of those anx­i­eties. In the com­ing years, un­less Democrats take a hard line on im­mi­gra­tion, their hard line on trade is un­likely to do them much elec­toral good.

“Eco­nomic na­tion­al­ism may of­fer the Demo­cratic Party its best chance in decades for an en­dur­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the white work­ing class. But if it hap­pens it won’t be pretty. If you em­brace Lou Dobbs, you em­brace him in full.”

Peter Beinart, writ­ing on “Go­ing Na­tive,” in the Nov. 6 is­sue of the New Repub­lic

He’s a lib­eral, but lib­er­als don’t love him. Lou Dobbs

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