'Conventional' Wisdom on Immigration
Sheekey is the Irish American spinmeister who was charged earlier this year with testing the waters when it came to deciding whether or not Bloomberg would run for president. One of Bloomberg's main strengths, according to Sheekey, was the mayor's bipartisan appeal, especially on issues such as immigration.
"Like most Irish Americans born before the Summer of Love, Kevin Sheekey cannot ignore the lure of Camelot," author Thomas Kelly noted in an Esquire profile of Sheekey.
It now appears Sheekey will not take the 2008 Republican convention job. But the fact that the McCain camp was considering him suggests they realize there is value in bringing in people affiliated with the Republican Party's pro-immigration wing.
Obama has shocked the world by suggesting the old ways of thinking are done. McCain may yet shock his own party by doing the very same thing on immigration.
Or maybe not. After all, this is not to suggest we are entering some sort of golden age for immigration policy.
Just ask Father Cathal Gallagher of South Dakota, who may, against his will, be back in Donegal in three weeks.
(Contact Tom email@example.com.)