Donald Trump is winning among Republicans because he's outright saying what the GOP has been dancing around: the "50-State Southern Strategy" has made it acceptable to spew outright racism to win Republican votes, and those falling behind in the crowded field of professional race-baiters have to give ever more ridiculous rhetoric to try to stay in the race.
Today's example is Chris Christie, all but given up for dead at this point, suggesting we "track" undocumented documents like FedEx packages. And lest you think that I'm engaging in hyperbole, this is Christie's actual idea.
"I'm going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people," the New Jersey governor said at a town hall event here.
Christie added that while FedEx can track boxes, the U.S. can't track undocumented immigrants.
"You go online and at any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is," he said. "Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them."
Christie added, "We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up," he said. "However long your visa is, then we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, 'Excuse me, it's time to go.'"
Perhaps we can track them with RFID chips. Or satellites. Or go old school and use tattoos and yellow stars to signify their status.
Smith is the father of Samantha Smith, a Christie spokeswoman.
Christie added that conversations about "anchor babies" make the Republican Party look unfairly hostile to immigrants.
"The entire conversation about 'anchor babies' is a distraction that makes us sound like we're anti-immigrant, and we're not," he said. "Our party is not that way. We want people to do it legally. Do it the right way."
We don't mind the "good ones". But the rest are those people, and we have to dispose of them, you see. Just tap them on the shoulder and round them up. You know, I think a European guy had a pretty similar idea about 75 years ago about another group of people.
Didn't work out so well, if I recall my history.
Republicans are pretty bad at that whole history thing, however.
Exit question: What do privacy advocates have to say about this, especially the ones on the right?
Exit question #2: How well is that particular thought of marking a group of people for later removal playing in Christie's home state of New Jersey?
Final exit question: How long before the rest of the GOP advocates this?