Yesterday’s Super Bowl loss for the Patriots to the Giants was a major upset. However, I can live with it so long as the GOP results after tomorrow’s Super Tuesday are not a major upset and leave John McCain as the clear Republican nominee. As anti-immigrants as conservative talk-show hosts around the country are making clear, they fear McCain as the nominee mainly because he favors Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).
The country needs CIR to fix our broken immigration system and it seems that, at least so far, most rank and file Republican primary voters are voting with their heads. On the other hand, Mitt Romney is pandering to the far right on immigration and is saying everything they want to hear. The problem with Romney is that many (including yours truly) question his sincerity when he states his positions. I follow the immigration debate closely and other than criticizing the proposed failed Senate CIR bill, I have not heard of a comprehensive plan offered by Romney to address the issue. I believe that most voters appreciate solutions over rhetoric and spin.
As I have written in the past, if McCain wins the GOP nomination – whoever becomes President will support CIR. Both Senators Obama and Clinton support immigration reform. Even New York Mayor Bloomberg who some speculate could enter the race as an independent, unequivocally supports CIR.