I’m grappling with Pete Hammond’s theory that recent disputes between the two top Republican presidential candidates about treatment of Mexican illegals may somehow raise the award-season profile of A Better Life.

Hammond notes that Texas Governor Rick Perry attempted three days ago to change an opinion that he’s soft on Mexican illegals because he once signed a bill allowing children of illegal immigrants to have their tuition paid under Texas’s education system. He did so by accusing Mitt Romney of hiring illegal gardeners at his home several years ago. And Hammond is saying, I gather, that the general rumpus over this issue might amplify interest in A Better Life.

I don’t think so. I think A Better Life sinks or sails under its own steam.