Senator John McCain performed well in the Super-Tuesday primaries. Although former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney used the code phrase “no amnesty for illegals” more than any other candidate, by all accounts he had a disappointing day. Even Mike Huckabee, who Romney suggested drop out of the race a few days ago, performed well.
The lessons (that won’t be learned) are: (1) candidates should avoid the immigration topic whenever possible, regardless of their position and, (2) in no event should they make it the center-piece of their campaigns.
I believe it’s just a matter of time before Romney drops out of the race and Huckabee is unlikely to win many more delegates. It will then be a matter of seeing who wins control of Congress and by how much to determine the prospects for Comprehensive Immigration Reform becoming a reality in 2009.
Another observation that isn’t immigration related: Joe Lieberman, the Independent Connecticut Senator seems to always be standing behind McCain. Could he be in line for VP? I’m loving this campaign!