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McCain's About Face on Immigration Bites Him in the Ass

As moderately liberal John McCain flip-flops his way into the hearts of the conservative base of the GOP party he's finding himself in a bit of a conundrum. On immigration reform, for example, he has one foot in the past where he championed meaningful immigration reform -- much to the anger of conservative mouthpieces like Rush Limbaugh -- who blasted McCain for years on that one issue alone...

...and he has one foot in the present where, in an attempt to win the damn election, he's flip-flopped entirely on the issue of immigration reform, adopting a conservative, hard-line "secure the border" approach intended to appease conservative critics like Limbaugh.

The move away from a comprehensive measure is an about-face for the Arizona senator, who had been a leading GOP champion of a bill that included a guest worker program and would have legalized many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. It failed earlier this year.

...Among other things, the bill makes being in the country illegally a criminal misdemeanor and toughens penalties for re-entering after being deported. It mandates an electronic system for employers to check workers' citizenship status and requires illegal immigrants who commit a crime to be held in jail until they are deported.

Oh what a tangled web he weaves... but it gets worse for John "Anything but the Truth" McCain.

Barack Obama, by pointing out McCain's current position in spanish-language radio ads, has raised the ire of the McCain camp, as they bellow that it is just plain unfair to put Rush Limbaugh and John McCain in the same camp --- despite the fact that being in the same camp with Limbaugh is precisely the goal McCain sought and achieved by flip-flopping on the immigration issue.

"They want us to forget the insults we've put up with, the intolerance," the announcer says in one of the ads as a picture of Limbaugh appears onscreen and the talk show host is quoted saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out."

"They made us feel marginalized in a country we love so much," the announcer continues. "John McCain and his Republican friends have two faces. One that says lies just to get our vote, and another, even worse, that continues the failed policies of George Bush that put special interests ahead of working families."

McCain and company are crying foul, claiming that McCain's history of immigration reform attempts - the very position McCain now seeks to distance himself from in his new policy - is reason enough to believe that McCain is a friend to the Hispanic community.

That's right - McCain is attempting to hang onto both positions as being current and relevant - and in doing that he quite likely is putting at risk support from both sides -- as the slipperiness of these purely political, integrity-lacking moves make McCain's flip-flops that much more transparent as being nothing more than politically-motivated posturing.

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Comments (2)


The advertisement is a bit low-brow, which is typical for Democrats, but the substance is accurate. McCain's tried to have it both ways, and if it hasn't hurt him, it probably will.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Yeah, the ads from both side are getting darker and more negative -- the McCain ad where the dark shadow spreads across America as they talk about Barack Obama always cracks me up.

You can expect whoever is down in the polls will run negative ads, as Obama did over the last couple of weeks. They do it because it works, and that may mean we'll see lots more.


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