Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tuesday's trackings

Tigers 8, Rangers 6: the Tigers conclude a 5-6 road trip with a win, and a split of their series in Texas. Best stats of the night for the Tigers: Jeremy Bonderman's quality start, along with Brandon Inge hitting the ball hard, very hard, every time up (including two home runs). Maybe his slump is over. The Rangers have to be worried about Neftali Perez's abilities as a closer.

Still much huffing and puffing about the new Arizona immigration law. Critics (the same critics who scream and yell about Tea Party protesters being too loud, extreme, and intemperate) now scream and yell that the law is Nazi, fascist, etc. George Will today sets them straight:
"It is passing strange for federal officials, including the president, to accuse Arizona of irresponsibility while the federal government is refusing to fulfill its responsibility to control the nation's borders. Such control is an essential attribute of national sovereignty. America is the only developed nation that has a 2,000-mile border with a developing nation, and the government's refusal to control that border is why there are an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona and why the nation, sensibly insisting on first things first, resists "comprehensive" immigration reform. Arizona's law makes what is already a federal offense -- being in the country illegally -- a state offense. Some critics seem not to understand Arizona's right to assert concurrent jurisdiction. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund attacks Gov. Jan Brewer's character and motives, saying she "caved to the radical fringe." This poses a semantic puzzle: Can the large majority of Arizonans who support the law be a "fringe" of their state?"

In other news, even James Carville's Democratic pollsters over at Democracy Corps have Republicans leading the 2010 generic ballot.