Politicians, like all promoters and salesmen, are optimistic by nature. Why else would they put so much effort into pursuing office when success is so doubtful and the rewards so dubious? A current version of the eternal story is presented by the World magazine cover story on Polyglot Politics—The GOP’s Latino outreach. The conservative party in America, it appears, is going to be saved by floods of new voters with no inherited attachment to America. Nice story, and if it makes someone happy it’s good to that extent.
The natural tendency in a modern democracy is to expand the franchise as competitive political entrepreneurs try to find new markets for their products. In the 19th and 20th centuries that led first to manhood suffrage, then to votes for women, and finally to lowering of the voting age. Now that politicians have run out of domestic targets for their appeals, why not import voters? That’s what’s happening, and it’s not clear why there should be any limit to the process.