White House Looking to Marginalize Tancredo, Savage, and Me

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  1. KenH

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    Immigration Rising on Bush's To-Do List
    The White House wants to build a coalition to court Latinos and marginalize hard-liners.

    By Peter Wallsten and Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writers

    WASHINGTON — Worried that the tone of the immigration debate is pushing Latinos away from the Republican Party, the White House is working with political strategists to create a broad coalition of business groups and immigrant advocates to back a plan President Bush could promote in Congress and to minority voters in the 2006 elections.

    The strategists say Bush is planning to make immigration a top priority as soon as this fall, once the focus on a Supreme Court vacancy has passed. The push is being planned to coincide with next year's campaigns for the House and Senate, in which Latino voters could be crucial in several states. It is part of a broader White House strategy to forge a long-lasting majority by drawing more minority voters....

    Some Republican strategists worry that the more extreme voices in this camp are alienating Latino voters with anti-immigrant language, and one goal of the new coalition is to marginalize those voices....

    Holt and Armey, who as House majority leader from 1995 to 2002 unsuccessfully challenged some of his fellow conservatives to soften their opposition to immigration, said the new group's message would seek to isolate players such as Tancredo, who leads a House caucus that backs stiff border restrictions.

    Tancredo succeeded in dominating the debate, Holt and Armey said, because of an echo chamber of conservative talk radio and other advocates for limiting the influx of Mexicans across the border.

    "There's two voices right now, and the noisy one is what I call the slam-the-borders crowd," Armey said. "The voice we want to speak with — and the one that will be in unison with President Bush — is the voice that echoes those marvelous words on the Statue of Liberty."

    "To me, the Tancredo wing appeals to the more prurient character of our nature," Armey added. "We want to talk to the better angels of our nature."...

    Tancredo accused the administration of forging an alliance with business executives who view migrants as a path to greater profits.

    "They know this has nothing to do with Hispanic votes," he said. "They're trying to cover what their real motive is, which is to supply [business] with cheap labor, to not close the spigot of cheap labor…. But they've lost in Congress. They've lost the public. And now they're in damage control."

    Tancredo asserted that Bush was in a bad spot politically, caught between public opinion favoring restrictive immigration policies and corporate interests that want looser policies. He said the apparent plans being laid by the new coalition seem to contrast with the message Bush gave to House leaders during a recent White House meeting: that the borders must be secured.

    "I think he is trying to figure out a way to triangulate here," Tancredo said.

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  2. Joseph_Botwinick

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    Tancredo was on Hannity and Colmes tonight and I thought he did a good job in his interview. Did anyone else see it?

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  3. KenH

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    I just found out about it a few minutes ago in an email. I'll try to tape the repeat later tonight.
     
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    I saw him & wanted to shout "BRAVO!"

    We need to write & thank him for standing tall against the pundits. [​IMG]
     
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    I write Congressman Tancredo occasionally. I try to include a comment about running for president in 2008.

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    I think GWB simply loves the Mexican people. My grandfather had a lifelong love of them and worked with them in the orchards and stables in So. California all his life. That may, to a degree, explain his penchant for legislating in their interest.
     

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