A couple of weeks ago I offered the opinion that, while Bush's reelection was very likely, he had managed to annoy the influential conservative base of the party by a series of big government policies and missteps. I even suggested that Howard Dean might have a chance if he took some bold positions, like advocating a flat tax. There were clearly some disturbing similarities to the fumbled reelection bid of Bush Sr, who, need it be said, once had over 90% approval ratings but managed to lose to the ethically challenged governor of a small state a year later. Little did I expect that Bush would make me look like even more of a political genius within two weeks. A week or so ago, they sent out Tom Ridge, the fumbling director of Homeland Security, to float a trial balloon for amnesty for illegal aliens. The reaction was fast and certain: No F*cking Way. So what is announced today? Amnesty for illegals, plus social security benefits, provided in the convenience of their own country. They can sneak across the border, violate our laws for a few years, go home and then collect social security, just like hundreds of thousands of hard-working citizens who paid into the system their whole lives. What will be the effect of this nutcase policy? Social security will go broke even sooner. Illegal immigration will be encouraged. Homeland security will be weakened. Crime, overcrowding, gangs, poverty, healthcare problems,etc will all become worse. Lawabiding citizens will be taxed even more to provide lavish benefits for these illegals, benefits that federal courts have ruled MUST BE provided to them, if they manage to get here. Our courageous WW II and Korean War veterans cannot get decent health care, their benefits are cut and squeezed, even as we open our coffers to illegals. What a policy. Why are they doing it? Search me. To pander to the massive Republican hispanic vote? Or maybe because employers want more cheapo workers. Who knows? Karl Rove and Bush have been obsessed with this since he took office, however. Now the ball's in Dean's court, and it is a tricky shot for him. He can instantly become a credible challenger to Bush if he just copies this post, memorizes it and goes out on the cmapaign trail and talks about nothing else. But he will severely piss off the far left wing of the Democrat party, which has been his major source of support. They like the idea of opening our borders to millions of poor immigrants. More welfare, more crime, more dependency equals bigger government and higher taxes and that is music to their ears. So how will Howard play this incredible gift from the increasingly tone-deaf Bush administration? If he plays it right, we will have a new president. You can ask Gray Davis.