Oct 30 2007
I am not sad to see firebrand Tom Tancredo take his bow from politics. He was one of those far right GOP types who made be glad to claim I am an independent. His story is a telltale for how badly the GOP has handled the immigration issue by towing the line of its most strident wing:
Tancredo has campaigned for the GOP nomination with zeal, focusing most of his passion on illegal immigration, which he cites frequently as the biggest problem the country faces.
In debates, at campaign stops and in campaign commercials, Tancredo pushes for strict border enforcement, construction of a border fence and efforts to return illegal immigrants to their native countries.
But his hard-line views on the issue have not translated into support in the polls, where he consistently languishes at the bottom of the contenders.
Nor has it earned him the support of the Republican money establishment, which has concluded that Tancredo’s brand of aggressive, in-your-face confrontation about immigration is not what voters want.
The so-called support Tancredo and his followers claim they had never existed. Or else he would be swimming in support and campaign funds. This should be a good lesson to the GOP, their hard liners are failing miserably. He is taking his marbles home and I don’t think anybody is really all that upset. Nudge, nudge – know what I mean?