Our messaging on Illegal Immigration is what gave California and Nevada to the Democrats
by Artemio Muniz on November 3, 2010 at 3:29 PM
California and Nevada were ours for the taking. We began to lose momentum and it was excruciating watching so much time, money and resources slowly fade away.
Of course the GOP destroyed the Democrats, but for the sake of the party and our 2012 prospects we must be introspective. Watching John Kerry gloat about Harry Reid being more than Lazarus and being unbreakable is sickening.Watching Jerry Brown smile as he is voted in as the new governor of California irritates me to no end because these are races that we should have won.
I will even lump in Fiorina who had the narrative and the national wave to beat Boxer. These races, at one point, were either dead even or we were in the lead. I strongly believe that the immigration message is what did in the candidates in these key races.
Whitman botched the housekeeper story, and Angle's campaign massacred the illegal immigration issue in the last few days. If we watch Ron Johnson's dismantling of Feingold, he gave the perfect example of how to run this cycle in a mostly liberal state.
Marco Rubio, Allen West and even Rand Paul who ran as proud conservatives were able to message their stance in a way that showed potential problem solving ability to their audience.
In order to take over the Senate in 2012 and win the Presidential election, as grassroots Republicans we must first have a serious conversation about illegal immigration and how the messaging and a lack of serious solution is hurting us.