The Martinez RNC: Will it play in Nebraska?
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On Tuesday a penetrating Washington Times story confirmed what I suggested earlier - that the imposition of professional Hispanic Senator Mel Martinez (R-Cuba) as Chairman of the RNC was the work of the Karl Rove inside clique, specifically to renew the charge on immigration.

Florida’s Martinez tapped for RNC chief By Ralph Z. Hallow November 14, 2006 - Access requires free registration

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez, co-author of a bill to grant amnesty to illegal aliens, has been picked by White House strategist Karl Rove to be general chairman of the Republican National Committee, RNC officials confirmed yesterday…Some RNC members, expressed anger at the way Mr. Rove leaked his choice of Mr. Martinez immediately after a conference call in which the Florida senator's name was floated for the first time…” we never voted or even gave our opinion," (an RNC) member said. The move was seen as a signal that the White House intends to push through Congress the "comprehensive" immigration bill — which Mr. Martinez …backed in the Senate — that was blocked by conservative Republicans in the House. "Clearly, Martinez is going to lead the fight for amnesty that Bush couldn't win when Republicans controlled the Congress," the RNC member said.

You have to wonder what makes Karl Rove hate the land of his birth so much.

Meantime from Nebraska comes evidence of why this pandering will shatter the Republican base:

Rural poll reflects immigration concerns By Nate Jenkins The Asssociated Press November 15 2006

A majority of rural Nebraskans don’t believe the influx of Latin immigrants has been good for the state, according to poll results released Monday. They also think undocumented immigrants should be deported, and that communities should not relay important information in Spanish…"I was a little surprised,” by the extent of the anti-immigration sentiment expressed by rural Nebraskans, said Rebecca Vogt, project manager for the Nebraska Rural Poll.

Just 14 percent of respondents said Latin American immigration had been good for rural Nebraska, while 56 percent disagreed.

Other findings of the poll:

— 69 percent of respondents disagreed that important information should be relayed in both English and Spanish…

— 87 percent of respondents want the government to tighten borders to prevent illegal immigration...

— 72 percent of respondents opposed granting in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants under the age of 21 who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years...

The Nebraska poll separately canvassed Nebraskan Hispanics. They thought they were wonderful for the state, demanded bilingualism, and access to in state tuition. These are the Mel Martinez Republicans.

Recruit them on these terms and the rest of Nebraskans will vote elsewhere.

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