Friday, June 15, 2012

It's A Trap!!!!

Republicans need to be talking about the economy. Democrats need to be talking about something else. That is why President Obama was more than happy to watch Republicans shoot themselves over the foot on contraception. That is why he was more than willing to take the risk of coming out in favor of gay marriage. And that is why he has announced his intention of giving certain illegal immigrants a two year reprieve from deportation.

Here are the words of liberal professor and Latin American expert Gregory Weeks:
I don't see this as enough to boost Latino political participation in the November election on its own. However, if Mitt Romney and other Republican leaders make a point of railing against it, it could well help Obama at the margins. The problem for Obama is that he's made so many promises on immigration and immigrants that have not panned out.
This will also be a test to see if my hypothesis of Romney's future immigration flip flop is valid or not. As of this writing, Romney has managed to avoid commenting on this issue. He obviously at some point will need to make some type of statement disagreeing with Obama's decision. But I feel quite assured that Romney wants nothing more than to return the conversation to the economy. Immigration is not a winning issue for Republicans and he knows it. Somebody tweeted back in December that the moment Romney wrapped up the nomination would be the last time you hear him utter the words "illegal immigration." While not exactly true, the tweet nicely summarizes what is going on in Romney's head.

So let's not make it harder for Romney to win Virginia, Colorado, and Nevada by making a bunch of insensitive statements about immigrants. It's fine to disagree with a position without trying to denigrate hard-working people. We know that talk radio will go nuts because their business model depends on fear-mongering and semi-racial nods. And of course, Obama knows this, which is why he made the policy. He wants the reaction.

Let's not give it to him. 

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

A bit preemptive on your part. The Romney camp has already said they were going to ignore it.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mitt-romney-ignore-obama-new-immigration-policy-2012-6

leighrow said...

Pablo-I agree with you. Romney can not take the bait! He needs to stay focused on the economy and job creation while exposing Obama's record. Romney needs to shout Obama's economic record and Romney's subordinates can slam Obama's political pandering to special interest groups. If Romney does not take the bait...it will end the discussion and Obama will be forced to talk about the economy or find another special interest group to pander to.

Terrye said...

Romney made a brief statement and he said pretty much the same thing Marco Rubio said..that is all about politics. And he noted that it is an executive order and they can always be overturned..the only alternative he noted is a long term solutions.

BOSMAN said...

Answer this for me:

If we grant any form of amnesty to these children of illegals, WHAT MESSAGE does that send to Parents south of the border who are staring at the fence wondering if they should hop over it with their kids?

Anonymous said...

"If we grant any form of amnesty to these children of illegals, WHAT MESSAGE does that send to Parents south of the border who are staring at the fence wondering if they should hop over it with their kids?"

bingo!

Ohio JOE said...

"That is why President Obama was more than happy to watch Republicans shoot themselves over the foot on contraception." On what planet?

Terrye said...

Rubio has a bill coming out that is supposed to offer a sort of legislative compromise. And Romney says he prefers that sort of approach.

I do think that Obama is trying to sow discord among the GOP as well as pandering for votes..and I do not want to see Romney play into that.

It is very tricky.

leighrow said...

The Republicans had better hang together on this issue and not fall into Obama's scheme of splitting the GOP over this issue.

Obama already had a majority of the hispanic vote...so I don't see how it buys him that much. I do see him losing conservative Democrats and Independents over this bold move. To bypass Congress and create new laws will not sit well with the American people over such an important issue.

It just goes to show you that Obama will sell out this country in order to win the election.

I was just listening to O'Reilly and he was praising Obama's move as being smart! I find his move as unlawful.

Terrye said...

I am not so sure this is smart...not the way he did it.

cimbri said...

Romney handled the issue as could as he could have, saying it's a problem that has to be dealt with by the congress. Obama is following the Carville playbook, talk about anything but the economy. He will pick up very few votes and may even lose some votes in the Midwest and certain other states.