I have to give Romney credit for saying the right things and quickly. We will see how many follow suit.
Yes, but Fred Thompson’s statement was much better, and even clearer, than Romney’s. Romney said he “strongly opposed” it, but he didn’t continue with the “strong” language. He said it’s the wrong approach, unfair to legal immigrants (as if that’s the main problem, or equal to the main problem), and “falls short.” Pretty weak tea, I’d say. Typical CEO, moderate, forgettable language. Conservative position, but comes off like a wet noodle.
Also in Romney’s statement: What’s this about “strengthen our legal immigration system.” What does it mean, and why is it such an urgent need that it belongs in this brief statement?
You’re right, however, that it’s important to see how many other candidates follow suit. I’d also say, important to see how quickly they do it — a clue to their boldness, and to how closely they’ve been following this issue. And how strongly and clearly and memorably they denounce the bill. And how many times they repeat their comments over the next few crucial days. And how eager they are to do that.