Molly Ball suggests that Newt Gingrich may have hurt himself with this comment at last night's Republican debate:
"I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration family which destroys families that have been here a quarter century. And I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, let's be humane in enforcing the law, without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families."
I understand Ball's point, but I can't help but think that Gingrich, while hurting himself politically, may be saving his soul here. I know that this is not the metric by which political reporters judge these things, and I'm not launching into the "moral perils of horse-race coverage" lecture, but let's take a moment in these sorts of situations to acknowledge a candidate who actually makes a deeply human argument. Especially at Thanksgiving.
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