ABC just wrote about the damage that Mitt Romney’s pandering on immigration will do to him in Florida. It even quotes Jeb Bush as "disappointed" in Romney.
I think that this raises an interesting process point. There has been much talk about adding Nevada to the Democratic schedule having the impact of foregrounding Hispanics and service workers unions. And I have written about the timing and composition of the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire Primary highlight social conservatives and guns as issues, respectively.
Does a similar argument apply to Florida? Does Florida’s location, as the gateway to Feb. 5th, highlight certain issues?
Still, Florida Republicans — with their relatively high proportion of Hispanics — are more inclined than Republicans in other states to support a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to achieve citizenship, said Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, R-Fla.
(Isn’t Diaz-Balart a McCain supporter?) Does the location of Florida in the calendar make it harder for anti-immigration candidates to succeed? Will it force the GOP to be more Hispanic friendly?