It’s grossly implausible that the rallies against making it a felony to be in this country without permission were some sort of three-carom plot by Hugo Chavez to generate an anti-immigrant backlash in order to elect Lopez Obrador to the Mexican Presidency. But if imagining such things amuses Glenn and his readers, I suppose there’s nothing really wrong with it.
But if Lopez Obrador really wanted to play the anti-American card, Reynolds has given him a fine opening by quoting some lunatic’s line about “the invasion and annexation of Mexico.” If Lopez Obrador were as unprincipled as, say, Glenn Reynolds, he would seize on what Reynolds’s source probably meant as hyperbole and say “The famous American website Instapundit has proposed the invasion and annexation of Mexico.”
Of course it’s ridiculous to pretend that one post on a website, even a well-read one, or a few speeches at a rally, or an obscure thirty-year-old document endorsed by an organization some politician belonged to as a college student, represents any serious body of opinion. But Glenn and his nativist allies do it all the time. Turnabout is fair play.
Fortunately, so far there’s no indication so far that Lopez Obrador shares Reynolds’s taste for the rhetorical gutter. But American invasions of Mexico really aren’t a joking matter — at least they aren’t from the Mexican side — and Reynolds should know better.