IRVINE, Calif. â€” Meg Whitman was almost at the end of a 30-minute town hall-style meeting hereâ€¦But one topic had not come up, so Ms. Whitman, a Republican candidate for governor, raised it herself, serving up a stern attack against illegal immigration and a promise that she would protect Californiaâ€™s bordersâ€¦
â€¦as her contest for the Republican nomination for governor against Steve Poizner, the state insurance commissioner, enters its final days, she has found herself drawn into a loud and caustic argument over immigration policy.
running advertisements promising to be â€?tough as nailsâ€? on illegal immigration
can only mean that she and her advisors have been seriously scared.
This is complete news apparently to The Christian Science Monitor, which tried hard to ignore the issue in Hefty spending key to Meg Whitman's late lead in GOP primary By Daniel B. Wood June 4 2010
Carefully avoiding mentioning Whitmanâ€™s recent immigration ads, Wood quotes Jessica Levinson, political reform director of the Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) saying
â€?Unfortunately, in California, the ability to buy television ads can still translate into a lead in the polls. Even with the advent of the internet, money still talks in campaigns.â€?
Bizarrely attributing Whitmanâ€™s stumbling to her Goldman Sachs links which briefly featured in the campaign the report did manage to find a California academic to make the politically correct (and incredible) claim that the immigration
"has not shifted many votesâ€?
â€“ which Whitmanâ€™s late behavior of course refutes. (It also ended with the strange quote
â€?Whitman has run a terrific campaign â€“ very few mistakes,â€? says Robert Stern, president of CGS.
Unsurprisingly, entering â€?Immigrationâ€? into the CGS search engine produces zero items).
Ask The CSMâ€™s Daniel Wood why his account is so inaccurate.
A highly cogent argument can be made that Californiaâ€™s appalling collapse in a generation from being perhaps the most livable to amongst the most dysfunctional of States is entirely due to being inundated with huge quantities of economically marginal immigrants â€“ as Joe Guzzardi has documented for us. And the domestic servant-employing H1-B gorged Republican elite is to a large degree culpable - along with their parasitical Campaign Consultants.
Perhaps the GOP electorate will once again prove slow-witted in this Primary. But thanks to Steve Poizner it is getting there.