Well, Newt stole a play out of Rick Perry’s old playbook. He’s decided to publicly announce that he has a heart. This play actually backfired on Rick P. Guv. Perry and along with those abysmal debate performances sent him from front runner status to bottom feeder. Republican voters apparently really don’t like candidates who say anything remotely sympathetic toward immigrants. Some leading Republicans have little respect or patience for people who need a helping hand out of poverty, disease, hunger or unemployment. They idolize author, philosopher, capitalist and atheist, Ayn Rand, who argued through her characters that the playing field is level or neutral and that success is achieved not with support, but by talent and hard work alone. Of course in politics, each side needs an enemy. For Republicans, the enemies appear to be immigrants and the Occupy Movement; for Democrats, the Tea Party and the 1%.
Now Newt either does not really want to be the Republican nominee or he was strategically pandering to Latinos when he said he didn’t want to break “illegal” immigrant families apart and thought that there should be a way to give them legal status so that they can continue to live and work here. Ok, so this sounds pretty progressive when coming from a neoconservative, but I’m reminded of a point that Ezra Klein made on Up With Chris Hayes this morning. He said, and I’m paraphrasing here, that Newt made it clear that there would be no amnesty. That instead of offering a green card, his position is tantamount to red carding. And as such, in my view, this is a way to legislate a permanent underclass who could never become an organized voting block and thus never pose a danger to the white right power structure.
Newt is a savvy politician. He knows what he is doing. He’s aligned himself squarely against the Occupy Movement, figuring there would be no votes for him there. And he has come out in “support” of the undocumented, in hopes that Latino voters will fall for his tactics and vote for him over Obama who has actually done very little to advance a new immigration policy as promised. There is just one flaw in this strategy. He’s looking too far ahead. It won’t get him the nomination. The Republican base controlled by the Tea Party doesn’t want to hear any candidate say anything about the rights of people, particularly the rights of the undocumented.
No, Newt ought to be out there campaigning for the rights of corporations and the 1% who have been so unfairly stigmatized and abused that they’ve been forced to create jobs abroad to make untaxed profits. As we know, the 1% aren’t really people, they are the chosen few, the elite job creators who we all owe are very existence to. Newt’s star will fall, because he’s strayed too far from the Republican playbook. And Mitt’ll be back on top before you know it. One thing Mitt has not flipped flopped on has been his anti-immigrant stance. It’s going to be an Obama vs. Romney duel in the general election. But it won’t be about immigration, wealth inequality, or taxes. It’ll be about “what have you done for me” lately. The politics of me, unfortunately. And it’ll come down to voter turnout between the haves and the have nots.