Sen McAmnesty is doing the tapdance and counting on Americans` famous short attention span. He regularly recites that he "got the message" about immigration and now supports border enforcement — yeah, right — but will promise nothing beyond that. An appearance of crackdown on the border will only be a prelude and excuse for widespread forgiveness for tens of millions of illegal aliens residing in this country.
John McCain faces a dilemma on immigration as he works to persuade conservatives he`s tough enough on the issue without erasing his historic appeal to Hispanic voters. Once a crusader for offering the nation`s roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants a way to get legal status, McCain now says his first priority is fortifying U.S. borders.
The metamorphosis reflects McCain`s intensifying effort to consolidate his support among conservatives, who deride the Arizona senator`s past proposals on immigration as offering amnesty to lawbreakers, and bitterly resent his work with Democrats, including Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, on the issue.
Coming off a primary season where his immigration stance was seen as a major liability and GOP opponents hammered him for having an overly permissive approach, McCain is remaking his image with an eye toward the general election. [McCain Retools Immigration Stance, Google AP. Feb 27, 2008]