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Conquest's Laws Meets Muggeridge's

Robert Conquest's Three Laws of Politics:

1. Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.

2. Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.

3. The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

#2 has been proven time and time and time again; Glenn Reynolds believes #3 best explains the Republican crack-up over immigration.

On the other hand, Jim Geraghty writes:

Two words for anybody who thinks this immigration bill is a done deal, and there's no way enough opposition builds: Harriet Miers.

And finally, your George Orwell meets Malcolm Muggeridge moment of the day: a reporter at a press conference on the immigration compromise yesterday actually asked about "law-abiding illegal workers".

Can you say cognitive dissonance? I knew that you could!