Skip to comments.How McCain and Palin hurt Republicans on immigration
Posted on 12/12/2008 3:54:30 PM PST by rabscuttle385
I just got a press release from a liberal pressure group called America's Voice headlined "Anti-Immigration Ads Don't Add Up in 2008."
The group tried to make the same point that I've heard over and over again from amnesty advocates: The voters won't go for candidates who support immigration restrictions.
"A new analysis of immigration advertisements finds that the strategy of using immigration as a political wedge issue in the 2008 election cycle was an utter failure," the release stated.
Nonsense. What the voters won't go for is candidates who try to work both sides of the issue, such John McCain and Sarah Palin.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.nj.com ...
I don’t remember immigration being an issue in 2008. Once the market crashed and the bailout happened, the economy was the one and only issue, and McCain flubbed it.
Mulshine is a serious Palin hater.
I’m ignoring him from now on, along with Parker, Noonan, and Frum. They all need to find a new profession.
I don’t think the writer is being quite fair by claiming that Palin, with McCain, is pro-amnesty.
If I recall correctly, McCain is pro-immigration. I don’t remember Palin ever saying one thing about illegal immigration.
I don’t recall Palin having much anything to say regarding immigration. We all know where McIdiot stood on the issue.
There was a report a couple of days ago that implied that immigration reform is going to the back burner because of the current economic (and employment losses) climate.
That may be semi good news.
Like with Bush 2, he tried to get amnesty passed in 2002, but the climate after the 911 attacks did not lend itself to Comprehensive Immigration. Then, of course, Bush tried again in 2006 but the House stopped that one. And again, twice in 2007, when the public melted down the Senate switchboard with opposition phone calls.
With unemployment hitting 15 year highs, it will be difficult for the Obama admin to say we have unfilled jobs Americans won’t do [unless they are UAW, of course (lol)].
Actually, we don't know that, because McCain is an Open Borders guy, and Palin avoided the subject.
She seemed to be straddling the line frankly.
True for the wrong reason - although I know nothing about palin.
The hurt? McCain/Kennedy.
Sarah gave one interview with Univision echoing McCain’s stance. anybody who knows anybody about politics knows the VP has to be lockstep with her boss, even though she might not totally agree with his position. Now I know you cynics out there will now resort to calling Sarah a hypocrite but that’s the way Presidential politics has always been played and will continue to played in the future.
“How McCain and Palin hurt Republicans on immigration”
McCain hurt Republicans on immigration by being a multi-year, shameless panderer to Hispanics, and by working with Kennedy and other open borders types to try and force an amnesty bill on the US citizens.
Immigration was not an issue in the general election because both McCain and Obama are big time panderers. The main difference is, illegals are natural Democrat constituents, so Obama helped himself while McCain, along with W and Rove, perpetrated one of the most stupid and harmful pandering gambits in US political history: insulted and alienated most Republicans and will ultimately significantly increase the Dem. voter base.
What could McCain say about immigration that would make a conservative want to vote for him? It was best that he was silent on the issue.
His claims of having a change of heart and wanting to secure the border rang hollow for anybody that fought against McCain/Kennedy.
Likewise, Global Warning was an issue on which Republicans were unable to attack the Democrats.
The GOP ought to do something to correct way they select their candidate.
Yep. Gum flapping for amnesty is the new GOP mantra.
Rubbish. It was the nomination of John McCain, the cryptkeeper’s homely twin brother, that hurt the GOP.
this article is crap!!!!!
I know McC’s position but I never heard Ms. Palin comment at all.
He could have at least attacked Obama for favoring drivers’ licenses for illegals.
The GOP needs closed primaries. Especially in 2012 when Democrats won’t have their own primary to participate in.
It's the RINO's point of view. What could we expect?
(Don't hold back next time. Tell us how you really feel.)
The GOP ought to do something to correct way they select their candidate.”
Yet another issue that the idiots running this campaign made her straddle the line on. Why the hell would you pick the woman who fought the federal govt over Polar Bear protection if you wanted a greenie thumb sucker.
Hey MULE-shine, neither one said anything about immigration during the campaign because they knew what the majority of people think about it. Are ya snackin’ on some Mule apples or something?
Well, over 70% of Americans oppose amnesty, that is fact. Theyu can ignore it all they want, it won’t make it go away.
“As governor, how do you deal with them? Do you think they all should be deported?
There is no way that in the US we would roundup every illegal immigrant -there are about 12 million of the illegal immigrants- not only economically is that just an impossibility but that’s not a humane way anyway to deal with the issue that we face with illegal immigration.
Do you then favor an amnesty for the 12 or 13 million undocumented immigrants?
No, I do not. I do not. Not total amnesty. You know, people have got to follow the rules. They’ve got to follow the bar, and we have got to make sure that there is equal opportunity and those who are here legally should be first in line for services being provided and those opportunities that this great country provides.
To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?
I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.”
If that interview on Univision during the boiler plate she was in is your big claim to her views on immigration, then you are sucking air.