Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday's trackings

Twins 10, Tigers 4: unfortunately another bad start for Max Scherzer, who gives up 10 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings. Thanks to that, the Tigers trailed 7-0 after two innings. That was the story of the game...
But...Rangers 4, A's 2: the Rangers have won 4 in a row. And the most welcome news for them was the excellent start they received from Rich Harden, who struck out 9 and allowed only 2 hits. That's the Harden the Rangers expected, and need, to see...

On the illegal immigration front--
I think Mona Charen has it right today when she advises Republicans to maintain their principles but, at the same time, not fall into Hispanic-bashing:
"Republicans who favor strong measures to limit illegal immigration should not sacrifice their principles to truckle for votes. But neither should they blindly blunder into a political wilderness for lack of finesse. Republicans must take care to couch their opposition to illegal immigration in the overall context of welcoming legal immigrants and appreciating the contribution of immigrants overall. Recruiting Hispanic candidates ought to be a high priority."

Most of our ancestors were LEGAL immigrants to this country. Mine certainly were. Of course then we have no problem with legal immigration. Let's make sure that fundamental gets put out there, conservatives...

Meanwhile, yet more polling info finds that Americans support the Arizona law:
"A majority of the people polled, 57 percent, said the federal government should determine the laws addressing illegal immigration. But 51 percent said the Arizona law was “about right” in its approach to the problem. Thirty-six percent said it went too far and 9 percent said it did not go far enough."

Polling news:
This is a little troubling for conservatives--in the first Florida Rasmussen poll taken since Charlie Crist declared that he'd run for the senate as an independent, it shows Crist leading Rubio by 4 points, 38-34.

One hopes all Florida Republicans will come home to Rubio after the party primary; I suspect they haven't all done so yet.

Meanwhile, in the Pennsylvania Democratic senatorial primary, I'm now ready to predict it: Sestak will upset Specter and gain the Dem nomination. Every poll shows Sestak having gained at least 10 points, if not more, over the past month or two, and closing to within 10 points and less of Specter. Candidates closing like that, consistently over a good length of time, often win.