Drive-By Civility

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As the Scene's P.J. Tobia writes this week, even some Tennessee Democrats are to the right of President Bush on immigration reform policy. (U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. has voted to criminalize anyone who aids illegals, churches included.) The slick mailings from the likes of Congressman Bart Gordon, also a Democrat, offer fear-mongering images of immigrants—and photos of protesting Americans who want to keep them out. This is to say nothing of the GOP U.S. Senate candidates. A coalition of Tennesseans has announced a counter billboard campaign to give face, for lack of a better word, to the people on the wrong end of the demagoguery.

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