Skip to comments.Report: Romney nudging Graham to strike immigration deal before election? (Grahmnesty and Mitt)
Posted on 07/30/2010 5:44:38 PM PDT by GOPGuide
A tantalizing bit of 2012 gossip dropped way, way down in an otherwise fun piece about amnesty shills boo-hooing over having (temporarily) lost McCain. Note to Politico: This is whats called burying the lede.
Their hope now is that Republican presidential candidates and former operatives under Bush, a reform proponent, can convince GOP congressional leaders that the issue needs to be dealt with before 2012 or that they could risk alienating the burgeoning Hispanic vote in the crucial swing states of New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Florida.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a front-runner for the nomination, has signaled quietly to Graham that Republicans must address immigration before the campaign heats up, according to several sources familiar with the conversation.
Grahams push against birthright citizenship prompted this response on POLITICOs Arena from Cesar Conda, a former domestic policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney: If the Republican Party embraces ending birthright citizenship, then it will be assured losing Latino and ethnic voters and presidential elections for the foreseeable future.
Now Im more confused than ever about why Grahams pushing the birthright citizenship amendment. If he really is thinking about trying to settle the immigration issue before 2012 which may be do-able, given the electoral pressure from Latinos that the GOP leadership will be feeling what does he gain by staking out a position further to the right than hes ever gone before? I have to assume that its precisely because he thinks a deal is likely that he wants to stockpile conservative demands now so that he can give up on them early in the interests of compromise. If he sacrifices birthright citizenship in the interests of being reasonable but stands firm on securing the border first, itll give the Dems some cover on agreeing to the latter. In fact, Politico notes that his comprehensive bill co-written with Schumer already would have made amnesty contingent on first reaching certain benchmarks vis-a-vis border security; Grahams now insisting that thats no longer enough, that he wants a separate borders only bill before amnesty comes back on the table, but Ive got a crazy hunch that hes just staking out a bargaining position there too.
As for Mitts role in this, its not like hes nudging Graham to strike a deal on his behalf. Getting immigration off the table would, in theory, benefit whoever the eventual nominee is. But suspicions about him among the righty base plus the fact that its Grahamnesty, of all people, that hes coordinating with here instead of, say, Jim DeMint isnt going to win him any new fans. Exit question: Any fallout over this for him, or no biggie?
Its a biggie.
Up yours Mitt Romney! And that goes double for Grahamnesty and McNasty.
Who the hell sez so?
If true, this is definite proof that Mitt Romney has no business being the nominee in 2012.
Rino’s conspiring to screw the country in yet another novel and inventive way.
Talk about political suicide.
IF either of these nitwits go for the Amnesty at all....they will pay with their political lives.
Funny how reputably smart people are so stupid and illogical. If illegals get to vote, the nation is finished. No need to explain.
“Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a front-runner for the nomination, has signaled quietly to Graham that Republicans must address immigration before the campaign heats up, according to several sources familiar with the conversation.”
Behold the face of evil before you!
Kill All RINOs without exception (politically speaking, of course).
Romney is toast in any case. He had his shot and we need someone different. If he is behind some amnesty deal, screw him.
The only way to avoid this will be if Hillary challenges O in 2012. Otherwise, the Dems will screw up the early primaries and stick us with another McCain.
THey do NOT listen or LEARN a damned thing from the people they claim to represent!
Then we should look for a conservative Common Sense party.
Arbitrarily granting citizenship to illegals is not necessarily a boon for the Left.
Factoring work ethic, taxation, Christianity, and adjustments in labor costs, the political outcome may wash out to a split possibly favoring Republicans.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the RINOs are considering this possibility hoping for political balance well before 2012 should “reform” go through.
We had enough of Romney when he was governor here. I’d never vote for the sumbitch again.
But Republicans should deal with illegal aliens before 2012 for certain, by forming a united front against all amnesty schemes and working toward real border security and interior enforcement.
The Politico article that is the source of the information in this thread also said that McCain was "miffed" because he received so little Hispanic support in 2008, after all his pandering and support of amnesty for illegals in 2006 and 2007. That's what all Republicans should learn: that all the pandering will get them nothing but Dim majorities a few years down the road if amnesty ever passes.
most of the RINO are U.S. Senate. gop play games with the you
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