Did you folks read the latest POLITICO headlines regarding our Senator John McCain?
McCain is trying to solely blame Obama when he knew damn well “Mr. George W. Bush placed telephone calls to lawmakers throughout the morning of the immigration vote, but members of his own Republican party abandoned him in droves, with only 12 of the 49 Senate Republicans sticking by him on the key procedural vote that determined the bill’s fate. ”
That said, this is simply McCain’s attempt at politicizing the issue to garner more Latino votes on behalf of Romney — but it ain’t gonna happen unless the GOP does away with their anti-immigrant platform they adopted recently.
Fast Forward … McCain lost his Latino street credibility when he voted against the DREAM Act of December 2010. Romney promised to VETO the DREAM Act. They are all the same and the bottom line is to look back at history on why American Presidents were reluctant to address immigration within their first term.
Who should Latinos gamble their voting chips into?
They should invest their vote into an incoming 2nd term President. Ronald Reagan didn’t address immigration until his second term, George W. Bush didn’t address immigration until his 2nd term either. In fact, W didn’t think there was a problem with immigration at all when he was running as POTUS the first time.
The only President in American history who addressed immigration within his first term was Pres. Benjamin Harrison when he supported Ellis Island, and he did not get re-elected into a second term and this occurred well over a century ago. Now President Obama gets to go down in American history as a President who gave relief to DREAM Act students within his first term despite the fact that it was unpopular to be immigrant friendly during a fevered pitch anti-immigrant era.
My Independent and Latina vote is in Obama this year. Not necessarily because he is a Democrat, but because the GOP has adopted an anti-immigrant policy that emulates Arizona’s harsh SB 1070 views. The Republican Party has been thoroughly hijacked by the Dixiecrats and protectionists, while most Democrats are now toeing the Party line in support of the DREAM Act and immigration. Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party have witnessed a surge in independent voters, and now the Dems have to work harder at retaining the vote of the fastest growing demographic in the country when Obama gets re-elected.
Republicans like Senator John McCain continue to insult the intelligence of Latinos as they try to rewrite history. I suppose McCain forgot about this circulated mass mailer below when Romney and McCain were fighting it out during the Republican Presidential primaries of 2008. I watched Mitt Romney systematically move Senator John McCain far to the right on matters affecting immigration during the 2008 GOP Presidential Republican primaries. If it had not been for Mitt Romney, Latinos may have felt more comfortable in voting for John McCain over President Obama. I attribute the loss of the McCain Hispanic vote to multiple-choiceMitt Romney.
McCain has been in the Senate too long, and his forgetfulness is causing me to be a strong believer in term limits. Besides, McCain is no longer an amigo when he decided to vote against the DREAM Act of 2010.
(ABOVE) Mitt Romney’s anti-immigrant mass mailer when he was attacking John McCain in 2008.