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McCain’s Immigration Status

Posted by Ryan on March 20, 2007

We are in the midst of watching a real-time, real-life political flip-flop slowly unfurl before our eyes in the Republican race for the White House. No, it’s not Romney, it’s McCain! He’s in the process of “reconsidering” his stance on illegal immigration. Convenient since his poll numbers among conservatives are faltering. He’s the Democrat’s favorite Republican and loves to shoot off nonsense, very unconservative bills with Ted (hiccup) Kennedy, usually obstructing the current Republican Administration along the way.

His problem is that he’s not a very good Republican, he just happens to have a thirty-year-old story worth retelling. His “reconsideration” phase is just his attempt to save some face with conservatives before it’s too late. When it’s all said and done, and the flip flop completes its course, he’ll probably be on the right side of all this– but will he actually believe any of it?

2 Responses to “McCain’s Immigration Status”

  1. Chris said

    In the most recent issue of National Review, Ramesh Ponnuru wrote an article stating that McCain deserves a second look. While on target most of the time, Ponnuru is dead wrong on this one. No matter how hard he tries to re-make himself a conservative, McCain will be nothing more than a self-loathing, attention-needy Republican. And the sad thing about him is that he eats his own to get the adoration of those in the media and in Washington. As you had said before on this blog, Ryan, many of Bush’s problems have stemmed from McCain’s bitterness and his actions of stabbing Republicans in the heart (I don’t say the back because he parades himself in front of the media when he does it). His postions on taxes, illegal immigration, recent Iraq comments, as well as the whole dance of seduction he and Kerry did back in 2004 are unforgivable. If the Republicans nominate him in 2008 (I still belive they won’t), they do so at their own peril.

    Wrong on this one, Ramesh. McCain should be done.

  2. Noonan said

    While my views on immigration are not in sync with most on this page, I have the same sincerity concerns about McCain on other issues. In particular, his infamous SF speech on Roe and support of embryonic stem cell and criticism of Christian leaders as “agents of intolerance” call into question his commitment to unborn life and commitment to protecting religious freedom.

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