Yet, it is not often when Mitt can clearly get to the right of his opponents, so he fakes sincerity and swings for the fences. And by fences, I mean the tall mighty ones that will keep the illegals out.
Romney's immigration stance is currently nothing more than a slogan and an empty one at that. Here you can see the logical two-step in action.
Conservative reporter Philip Klein asked Romney campaign spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom a natural follow-up question: Does Romney believe in kicking out illegal aliens who have been here a long time? Fehrnstrom refused to answer, and the exchange that followed is striking:It's like a Laurel and Hardy skit.
Fehrnstrom kept continuing to drive the “no amnesty” point home, and I tried to get more details.I followed up again, asking what “no amnesty” would mean for the people already here.“Well, first, you have to get turn off the magnets to get them to stop coming.”Again, I asked about those already here.“He would not grant them amnesty,” Fehrnstrom said.“But what would he do with them?” I asked.He reiterated, “He would not grant them amnesty.”I asked again, “But what would he do?”“I just told you, he’s not going to grant them amnesty,” he said.Again, I said, “That’s not an answer, that’s telling me what he won’t do. What would he do?“He would not grant them amnesty,” he repeated.
Nevertheless, I am not bummed. I have never voted for a politician with whom I completely agree and therefore I forgive Mitt for this. I will cast my vote for him knowing good and well that President Romney will either continue the status quo or offer, er, amnesty. He won't call it amnesty. He will probably name it Operation Secure Our Border. But he will sneak in the amnesty after "fighting" with the Democrats about it and finally remorsefully announcing to the Limbaugh crowd that he had to give in an inch but didn't want to.
On every other issue, Romney stands heads and shoulders above the clowns running against him and yet the clowns keeping inching ahead of him in the polls. So in one sense, I want the immigration mongering to work. On the other hand, I long for the days of Ronald Reagan, when at least we spoke about immigrants like they weren't cattle to be prodded out of our lands.
And there is also a political calculation to all of this. Let's hope that Romney's short-sighted immigration bashing doesn't have devastating consequences when Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico vote in the general election. The good news is that Romney is running for President in 2012 and not 2020 or 2024 when demographics will not be kind to the Grand Old Party.
Get it in while you can, Mitt. The times, they are a-changing.