There has been speculation that Rudy Giuliani is playing very carefully on the immigration issue because he wants Schwarzenegger’s endorsement.
I have a related theory. Is Mitt Romney hurting himself with Jeb Bush because of his flip-flopping pander on immigration?
Several points as you think about this. First Jeb Bush has spoken out strongly on immigration. From an LA Times article (reprinted by this pro-immigration group):
Accusing politicians of "pounding their chests" on immigration for short-term political gain, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the tone of the debate had been "hurtful" to him and his Mexican-born wife, Columba.
Not only is Jeb pro-amnesty, he takes this issue personally.
Second, immigration would be the legacy of George W. Bush’s 2nd term. Let’s make the implication clear. Mitt Romney is demagoguing ("pounding his chest") on an issue that is central to George Bush’s legacy. How is his brother going to feel about that, especially when the demagoguing is "hurtful" to his family?
Third, the Bush family is deeply committed to this issue. Jeb Bush, his son George P. Bush, or both will run for national office some day. They understand the problems that the party will face if it goes the way of Pete Wilson. Both Texas and Florida have significant Hispanic populations. Both state parties have significant Hispanic components which will be increasingly important as the demographics becomes destiny. To be successful, long term, the GOP will need to be successful in this area of the country…
Just a thought