John McCain backs Bush on port deal
It shouldn't surprise anyone that John McCain is backing backing Bush on the UAE port deal. The port deal is really just a side issue for McCain who's touring to promote his new immigration policy proposal which includes a guest worker program.
It makes sense that McCain is siding with the president on the port issue. There's an inherent tension between the Republicans' economic arguments for more open borders and their national security arguments. McCain is squarely on the side of economics when it comes to cheap labor and lucrative shipping contracts.
I notice that on FOX News radio Tony Snow is explicitly linking the port deal and immigration policy. According to Snow, if you question the president's decisions, you're a "scaredy cat" and a xenophobe. True to form, the Republicans are making every policy issue a referendum on deference to presidential authority. Snow is arguing that we ought to trust the president to make the right decision. Questioning the rationale or the process for reaching the decision is unacceptable. Whether it's outsourcing our ports to a foreign power with a dubious security record or inviting large numbers of guest workers into the USA, it's your patriotic duty (and your tough guy imperative) to humble yourself completely before the Unitary Executive.