District of Corruption

Is McCain Mad at Mexicans?


John McCain's latest campaign ad.

Now most people probably believe McCain is simply a liar and I've previously taken that position. But the more I think about it, the more I suspect that he may just be mad at Mexicans.  See this article from last year.  

John McCain sounds angry and frustrated that, despite the risks he took in pushing immigration reform, Hispanic voters flocked to Democrat Barack Obama in last year's presidential contest. McCain's raw emotions burst forth recently as he heatedly told Hispanic business leaders that they should now look to Obama, not him, to take the lead on immigration.

The meeting in the Capitol's Strom Thurmond Room on March 11 was a Republican effort led by Sens. McCain of Arizona, John Thune of South Dakota, and Mel Martinez of Florida to reach out to Hispanics. But two people who attended the session say they were taken aback by McCain's anger...

"He was angry," one source said. "He was over the top. In some cases, he rolled his eyes a lot. There were portions of the meeting where he was just staring at the ceiling, and he wasn't even listening to us. We came out of the meeting really upset."

McCain's message was obvious, the source continued: After bucking his party on immigration, he had no sympathy for Hispanics who are dissatisfied with President Obama's pace on the issue. "He threw out [the words] 'You people -- you people made your choice. You made your choice during the election,' " the source said. "It was almost as if [he was saying] 'You're cut off!' We felt very uncomfortable when we walked away from the meeting because of that."

In 2006 and 2007, McCain was a leader on immigration, but his efforts ran aground largely because his legislation included what many Republicans derisively characterized as "amnesty," a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants if they took a series of steps to earn legal status.

If we think back to those previous attempts at amnesty, we need to remember that this was never an easy position for McCain to take.  He was pro-illegal immigration when he knew it would hurt him in the 2008 Republican primary.  So why would he go nativist now when he's meeting a challenger from the right whom he leads by double digits?  

McCain probably found most Hispanics he came into contact with over his life friendly and pleasant enough. He figured that they were the new white people and would eventually become middle class Republicans.  He risks his neck for them again and again and then finds out when he runs for president that no matter what he does, they still don't like him or conservative white people in general.  And here he is now worried that he's going to lose his Senate seat-retire in humiliation after being the Republican nominee for president two years earlier-and all because he tried to help those damn beaners who voted against him anyway!  To hell with them, McCain says, and dedicates the rest of his life to making sure no more of them get into the country.

Now it's pretty much impossible to picture Ron Paul or Tom Tancredo arriving at his views through such a vain and petty thought/emotional process, but McCain is a different story.