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Thread: The Tancredo Republicans

  1. #1
    WALL STREET JOURNAL (Editorial)
    June 23, 2006; Page A10


    Most Congressional majorities campaign for re-election by touting their legislative achievements. Not this year.

    House Republicans have decided that the key to saving their majority is not to solve the immigration problem they've spent the last year building into a "crisis." Give them credit for novelty, if not for wisdom.

    This is the only way to read House Speaker Denny Hastert's decision this week to delay a House-Senate conference on immigration reform, and instead to stage a summer anti-immigration road show.

    Republicans plan to use the events to further raise the false alarm of "amnesty," which means further attacking their own President's immigration policy.

    We realize this year's immigration debate long ago left the rational world and is now driven entirely by political fear. But even as political strategy, this is the equivalent of snake-handling; it will be diverting to watch, unless the snake bites back.

    Republicans came to this strategic epiphany after concluding that Representative Brian Bilbray won his special election victory in California this month by demagoguing immigration. But all that election really proved is that a GOP Beltway lobbyist could keep a seat in a 60% Republican district so long as he outspent an opponent who committed the final-week gaffe of encouraging immigrants to vote illegally.

    Replicate that trifecta around the country this November, and Republicans wouldn't need to campaign.

    Looking at House Republicans who are vulnerable this year, we can't find a single one who will lose because of support for President Bush's comprehensive immigration reform. That isn't Heather Wilson's problem in New Mexico; she always has a tough race and favors both border security and a guest worker program.

    Chris Shays also won't save his seat by rallying the bluebloods in Greenwich, Connecticut, against their Mexican maids and construction workers. On the other hand, J.D. Hayworth could lose his seat in Arizona despite taking his anti-immigration riff to any radio or TV show that will have him.


    What might well cost all of them their seats is the growing perception that this Congress hasn't achieved much of anything.

    If Republicans want a precedent, they might recall what happened to Democrats who failed to pass a crime bill in the summer of 1994. Already in trouble on taxes at the time, Democrats looked feckless on crime and health care and went down to crashing defeat.

    Immigration could do the same for Republicans, who have been flogging the issue for months as a grave national problem. Doing nothing about it now risks alienating even those conservatives who merely want more border police.

    House Republicans insist they can't vote for any bill that can be called an "amnesty" for illegals, and that that's what the Senate and Mr. Bush want. But this is a box canyon of their own making. No serious person believes that the 11 million or so illegals already in America will be deported.

    Nor will these illegals come out of the shadows unless there is some kind of process that allows them to become legal and keep their jobs, even if it falls short of a path to citizenship. And immigrants will keep coming illegally in search of a better life unless there is some legal way they can apply for and find work.

    Yet by denouncing any such compromise as "amnesty," the restrictionists have poisoned their own voters against accepting the only policy with a chance to solve the problem.

    When Indiana's Mike Pence, a stalwart conservative, offered a compromise that included a guest worker program, the Tancredo brigades savaged even him as endorsing "amnesty."

    Rather than see the Pence plan as a way out of their political mess, Mr. Hastert failed to defend him. On immigration, Mr. Tancredo is now the real speaker of the House.

    Even if all of this somehow works this election year, the long term damage to the GOP could be considerable. Pete Wilson demonized illegal aliens to win re-election as California Governor in 1994, but at the price of alienating Latino voters for a decade.

    The smarter Republicans -- President Bush, Karl Rove, Senator John McCain, Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Florida Governor Jeb Bush -- understand that the GOP can't sustain its majority without a larger share of the Hispanic vote.

    Making Mr. Tancredo the spokesman on this issue is a sure-fire way to make Hispanics into permanent Democrats.

    Every poll we've seen says that the public favors an immigration reform of the kind that President Bush does. That's because, whatever their concerns about border security, Americans are smart enough to know that immigrants will keep coming as long as they have the economic incentive to do so.

    They also don't want the social disruption favored by the deport-'em-all Tancredo Republicans.


    On policy, the country could do worse than pass nothing this year on immigration. We've muddled through for years, and at 4.6% unemployment the U.S. economy is easily absorbing the illegal workforce. But having turned the immigration issue into a rallying cry, Republicans have put themselves at political risk if they do nothing. If the GOP finds itself in the minority next year, we trust its restrictionists will stand up and take a bow.

  2. #2
    WALL STREET JOURNAL (Editorial)
    June 23, 2006; Page A10


    Most Congressional majorities campaign for re-election by touting their legislative achievements. Not this year.

    House Republicans have decided that the key to saving their majority is not to solve the immigration problem they've spent the last year building into a "crisis." Give them credit for novelty, if not for wisdom.

    This is the only way to read House Speaker Denny Hastert's decision this week to delay a House-Senate conference on immigration reform, and instead to stage a summer anti-immigration road show.

    Republicans plan to use the events to further raise the false alarm of "amnesty," which means further attacking their own President's immigration policy.

    We realize this year's immigration debate long ago left the rational world and is now driven entirely by political fear. But even as political strategy, this is the equivalent of snake-handling; it will be diverting to watch, unless the snake bites back.

    Republicans came to this strategic epiphany after concluding that Representative Brian Bilbray won his special election victory in California this month by demagoguing immigration. But all that election really proved is that a GOP Beltway lobbyist could keep a seat in a 60% Republican district so long as he outspent an opponent who committed the final-week gaffe of encouraging immigrants to vote illegally.

    Replicate that trifecta around the country this November, and Republicans wouldn't need to campaign.

    Looking at House Republicans who are vulnerable this year, we can't find a single one who will lose because of support for President Bush's comprehensive immigration reform. That isn't Heather Wilson's problem in New Mexico; she always has a tough race and favors both border security and a guest worker program.

    Chris Shays also won't save his seat by rallying the bluebloods in Greenwich, Connecticut, against their Mexican maids and construction workers. On the other hand, J.D. Hayworth could lose his seat in Arizona despite taking his anti-immigration riff to any radio or TV show that will have him.


    What might well cost all of them their seats is the growing perception that this Congress hasn't achieved much of anything.

    If Republicans want a precedent, they might recall what happened to Democrats who failed to pass a crime bill in the summer of 1994. Already in trouble on taxes at the time, Democrats looked feckless on crime and health care and went down to crashing defeat.

    Immigration could do the same for Republicans, who have been flogging the issue for months as a grave national problem. Doing nothing about it now risks alienating even those conservatives who merely want more border police.

    House Republicans insist they can't vote for any bill that can be called an "amnesty" for illegals, and that that's what the Senate and Mr. Bush want. But this is a box canyon of their own making. No serious person believes that the 11 million or so illegals already in America will be deported.

    Nor will these illegals come out of the shadows unless there is some kind of process that allows them to become legal and keep their jobs, even if it falls short of a path to citizenship. And immigrants will keep coming illegally in search of a better life unless there is some legal way they can apply for and find work.

    Yet by denouncing any such compromise as "amnesty," the restrictionists have poisoned their own voters against accepting the only policy with a chance to solve the problem.

    When Indiana's Mike Pence, a stalwart conservative, offered a compromise that included a guest worker program, the Tancredo brigades savaged even him as endorsing "amnesty."

    Rather than see the Pence plan as a way out of their political mess, Mr. Hastert failed to defend him. On immigration, Mr. Tancredo is now the real speaker of the House.

    Even if all of this somehow works this election year, the long term damage to the GOP could be considerable. Pete Wilson demonized illegal aliens to win re-election as California Governor in 1994, but at the price of alienating Latino voters for a decade.

    The smarter Republicans -- President Bush, Karl Rove, Senator John McCain, Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Florida Governor Jeb Bush -- understand that the GOP can't sustain its majority without a larger share of the Hispanic vote.

    Making Mr. Tancredo the spokesman on this issue is a sure-fire way to make Hispanics into permanent Democrats.

    Every poll we've seen says that the public favors an immigration reform of the kind that President Bush does. That's because, whatever their concerns about border security, Americans are smart enough to know that immigrants will keep coming as long as they have the economic incentive to do so.

    They also don't want the social disruption favored by the deport-'em-all Tancredo Republicans.


    On policy, the country could do worse than pass nothing this year on immigration. We've muddled through for years, and at 4.6% unemployment the U.S. economy is easily absorbing the illegal workforce. But having turned the immigration issue into a rallying cry, Republicans have put themselves at political risk if they do nothing. If the GOP finds itself in the minority next year, we trust its restrictionists will stand up and take a bow.

  3. #3
    Wow, guys, the media is killing the house GOP leaders for their recent decision to kill immigration..I mean, its every major newspaper all across the nation that are lashing out on them...

    Also, ive told you guys that sensenbrenner was fuming at a press conference because of media outlets attacking GOP leader and accusing them of using poor people for political gain.

    I mean every single newspaper is killing those guys and i know this has to hurt them..The chicago tribune as accuse dennis hastert of promoting xenophobia and the arizona republic killed hastert for letting tancredo highjack the republican party by letting be the real speaker of the house..

    THE MEDIA IS ON OUR SIDE AND WITH MASS CRITISISM OF HOUSE GOP LEADERS BY ALL MEDIA OUT LET COAST TO COAST, I THINK DEMOCRATS COULD USE THIS TO REGAIN BOTH HOUSES.

  4. #4
    Someone12
    Guest
    common sense will prevail....We, the AMerican people, do NOT want scumbag illegals in our country anymore! Go home, get the eff out of MY country. 12 million leeches are 12 million too many.

  5. #5
    GOOD NEWS...LAST POST I HAVE SEEN PUT CANNON WITH A 5% LEAD ON JACOD...THIS ONE IS HUGE FOR US...

    GOOD NEWS...CASEY, A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE THAT IS RUNNING AGAINST SANTORUM, A ANTI-IMMIGRATION HARDLINERS, IS TRAILING BY 15%, WHICH IS BIG NEWS....

    THIS ALSO SHOWS THAT PENNSYLVANYA WILL NOT BE A STATE WHERE AN ANTI-IMMIGRATION HARDLINER, WOULD BENEFIT...THIS IS GREAT NEWS AND GIVE MORE CREDENCE TO MY THEORY THAT IMMIGRATION WONT BE THE SATE IN EVERY DISTRICT AND STATES..THE HOUSE GOPERS BETTER BE CAREFULL BECAUSE THIS COULD BLOW BIG TIME IN THEIR FACES.

  6. #6
    Um, Jean

    The media attacking Republicans is nothing new it happens all the time on every issue.

    PLEASE PLEASE keep posting your inflamatory comments. I find them to be a great example of the "superior" education systems found in other countries. Your most ardent supporters have reduced you to "cute".

    ROTFLMAO

  7. #7
    THE WALLSTREETJOURNAL IS VERY CONSERVATIVE..IT IS KNOWN AS THE MOST CONSERVATIVE NEWSPAPER IN THE NATIONS, AND ALL THEIR WRITERS HAVE BEEN KILLING HOUSE GOP LEADERS.

    ITS ONE THING TO HAVE A LIBERAL NEWSPAPER LIKE THE NYTIMES KILLIN THEM, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE CONSERVATIVE READERS ALL OVER THE NATION KILLING THEM, THEN YOU HAVE TO LISTEN.

    THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC IS ALSO KNOWN AS A CONSERVATIVE NEWSPAPER AND THEY ARE ALSO ACCUSING THEM OF KILLING BUSH'S IMMIGRATION PLAN FOR POLITICAL GAIN,, THEYVE CALLED THEM "THE DO-NOTHING CONGRESS".

    I BELIEVE THAT THE MORE THE READERS READ ABOUT THOSE GUYS, THE MORE THEY WILL HATE THEM.

  8. #8
    A poll being released today by the conservative Manhattan Institute and conducted by the Republican Tarrance Group shows most of the 800 likely GOP voters questioned want a solution now, even one that deals with the 12 million illegal immigrants here. Some of those surveyed even will accept a plan they consider amnesty.

    Its every single conservative newspaper nationwide attacking them, and i mean, they are really attacking them...one conservative newspaper even went as far as accusing them of xenophobie..ill post the article when i find it, on here.

    i espect democratic candidate to gain immigrants vote on a 90% clip and keep their core base..with both, i beleive they would be unbeatable in november.....I have no doubt in my mind that immigrants feels like republicans wants them all out, even the ones that are legally present in the US.

  9. #9
    Someone12
    Guest
    "cute"? I could think of another "c" word....

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