Don Feder, the communications director for the World Congress of Families, is out with another anti-immigrant blog post, this time attacking immigration reform proponents like “Senator Juan” McCain for promoting the “loss of national identity” through immigration
In the blog post, posted in his capacity as a freelance “political/communications consultant” on the website GrasstopsUSA.com, Feder promotes the now-familiar line that Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election because he just wasn’t conservative enough (or, in Feder’s words, lacked “manly firmness”). In particular, FEder attacks McCain and GOP strategist Karl Rove for their support for immigration reform, which he claims will turn off “Main Street voters” who “care deeply about…loss of national identity.”
“Rove isn’t just wrong, he’s wrong the way Napoleon was wrong when he invaded Russia,” Feder writes. “Today, elections aren’t won in the middle but on the fringes.”
He contends that the Democratic base, or “fringe,” constitutes “the ideological, the envious, public employees, angry, single women and the mooch brigade.”
Last year, Feder wrote a virulently anti-immigrant blog post, in which he claimed that “the illegal immigrants swarming over our southern border are more akin to the pagan armies which regularly invaded the land of Israel and were repulsed by military force.”
Although Feder has written these rants in his personal capacity, his railing against Latino immigrants would seemato conflict with his employer’s goals of uniting “many national, ethnic, cultural, social and religious communities” in their anti-gay, anti-choice cause.
The Democrats took what should have been an advantage in a down economy and turned it into a negative. Romney was one of those rich Republicans (it’s hard to be successful in business and not get rich) who didn’t care about the little guy, they told us. Instead of a venture capitalist who had saved ailing businesses, he was a corporate corsair and tax-cheat who cannibalized companies and slashed jobs.
The middle class never bought this; Obama’s base did. The message was aimed at mobilizing the ideological, the envious, public employees, angry, single women and the mooch brigade – the Democrats’ core constituency. Romney’s answer was not marked by manly firmness, “The president is a nice guy, but we just can’t afford him for four more years,” Mitt the Mild peeped. Republicans accepted the media line that voters hate negative campaigning and will punish the perps. Democrats didn’t.
Rove isn’t just wrong, he’s wrong the way Napoleon was wrong when he invaded Russia. Today, elections aren’t won in the middle but on the fringes. It’s not about who can appeal to so-called independents (most are aligned with one party or the other, but won’t admit it) but who can best identify and mobilize their base. At this, Democrats are particularly adept and Republicans depressingly inept.
Supposedly, Romney lost Latinos with his silly self-deportation plan. But in 2008, Juan McCain, Senor Amnesty, got 31% of the Hispanic vote, compared to 28% for Mitt in 2012. If Romney had done as well – or as poorly – as McCain, he would have gotten four percentage points more (of 9% of the electorate) and the outcome, you do the math, would have been exactly the same.
This year, Wall Street Republicans are advising the party to get immigration off the table, to avoid further offending Hispanics.
If Republicans rabbits like Speaker John Boehner help the president to pass another amnesty, two things will happen: Hispanics will still vote overwhelming Democratic, based on their perceived economic interests. Hispanic households are twice as likely to benefit from a major welfare program as white families (40% versus 20%).
At the same time, Main Street voters – who care deeply about fairness (for taxpayers, workers and legal immigrants), loss of national identity, national security and the economic consequences of illegal immigration – will walk away from the GOP in disgust.
Recall Boehner’s senseless attack on the Tea Parties (which made him Speaker) this fall. In a just-published interview in the News Republic, Senator Juan slammed the Tea Parties and called Fox News “schizophrenic.” Coming from a man who’s famous for his borderline psychotic temper, this must hurt.