So yesterday, Senor Romney came to town, in part for a photo op of him conferring with Hispanic business and educational leaders.
For thirty minutes, El Mittster listened to their concerns.
But his reaction to one was typical of El Etch a Sketch Grande.
Former U of A President Manuel Pacheco talked about the Dream Act, or a variation of it, as a way to help with a more comprehensive immigration reform plan.
El Flip Flopper’s reaction:
A smile, a very quick “Thank you,” and then avert his eyes from Pacheco and ask for another to speak.
Profile in courage.
If El Flip Flopper believes that’s the way to “court the Hispanic vote,” he’s loco.
In fact, all it did was reinforce that when the going gets tough, El Mittster hightails it out of there.
And it could get worse for him quickly.
If Sen. Marco Rubio actually introduces his version of the Dream Act — essentially the same as the old version, with one big difference, that young illegal immigrants would only get legal status, not a clear path to citizenship — El Mittster will be in hot water with the Republican base or Hispanics.
Any proposal that allows for illegal immigrants to stay in the country is anathema to the Enforcement Only crowd.
If El Mittster embraces it, they won’t be happy. If he does what he probably will do — be non-committal — he just reinforces suspicions many Hispanics have of him already.
Which would lead to their reaction: “Adios, El Mittster!”
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Bio: Mike McClellan has lived in Arizona since 1967 where he attended high school and the University of Arizona. McClellan taught high school English for 36 years, including 30 years at at Dobson High School in Mesa. He has been a contributing columnist to both the East Valley Republic editions and the East Valley Tribune.