Having expressed my customary skepticism about the latest “breakthrough” on immigration reform, the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, I do want to acknowledge the talent of whoever decided first to call its deployment of a very large sack of money for border control agents a “surge.” Since the target of this amendment is almost exclusively congressional Republicans, it’s a nice touch to establish a rhetorical association between immigration reform and the Iraq Surge, the brilliant master stroke that gave the United States victory in Iraq, and made that country an oasis of peace and freedom, and our staunch and grateful ally in a turbulent region.

Yeah, the “surge.” Good times.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.