Whining from Goliaths

By Mark Krikorian on November 13, 2009

The immigration lawyers' association (among many others) claims credit for its presumed role in ushering Lou Dobbs off CNN. (I write about the broader campaign to silence amnesty critics over at National Review Online.) But what I found interesting about this particular posting (besides its comparison of Dobbs to Father Coughlin) was this:

He will clearly find another "Bully Pulpit," whether it is another media outlet willing to air his rants or a run for public office, perhaps financed by those who pour their money into FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies.

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But seriously, this is indicative of what appears to be a sincere belief on the part of the open-borders crowd that they're the underdogs in the financial sense (and otherwise). This is hilarious, considering that their backers include billionaires Bill Gates, George Soros, and Sergey Brin, plus the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO, the ACLU, the Roman Catholic Church, the Southern "Poverty" Law Center, and 98 percent of groups lobbying on immigration, just to name a few. The Ford Foundation alone is spending more money on amnesty than the combined budgets of all the various anti-amnesty groups. What's more, the other side has literally thousands of people whose full-time day jobs involve agitating for amnesty, more immigration, and less enforcement. Even the Wall Street Journal seems to believe the phony underdog narrative, bemoaning "deep-pocketed restrictionists."

Don't get me wrong — I like being the underdog, for the same kind of emotional reasons all these elite institutions like to pretend that they're the real underdogs. But I think this delusion on their part is a weakness, because if they can't see something as obvious as this, then their judgments in other areas are also likely to be flawed.