Ask and You Shall Receive…

18Sep08

This is one hell of a tricky “elbow in the paint”:

From Kausfiles:

Light This Candle! Obama’s new Spanish-language ad uses some out-of-context Limbaugh quotes to give the impression that McCain is anti-Latino. Jennifer Rubin says:

Plainly, Obama is testing what the market for his negativity and non-New Politics will bear, daring McCain to go negative.

Or maybe (just between us) Obama’s not-so-plainly persuing the cunning Krikorian Strategy of “baiting McCain as being insufficiently committed to [immigration] amnesty in order to provoke a politically damaging response by the Republican nominee.”

Unlike the similar Brimelow Gambit–in which Obama would politely invite McCain to pledge to pursue “comprehensive” immigration reform–Krikorian would have Obama goad McCain into inadvisedly embracing ‘semi-amnesty’ by ticking him off. An unfair and infuriatingly deceptive ad is much better for this purpose than a fair and honest ad! And an infuriatingly deceptive ad in which Obama doesn’t directly reiterate his own support of amnesty is better still. …

P.S,: The point is not simply to get McCain to rub his pro-amnesty position in the faces of his Palin-struck conservative GOP “base.” Supporting amnesty–in English as well as Spanish, preferably in a televised debate–could also directly cost McCain non-Republican votes in key battleground states. As alert kf reader J.S. notes, such a McCain statement

would mean that at the height of economic fears, in a fight for the working class vote, as we head into a recession, McCain is reminding everyone about his support for comprehensive immigration reform. This hurts McCain with his base and with low wage workers. [E.A.]

Think immigration and amnesty couldn’t be an issue in an area like, say, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania? Ask 11-term incumbent Democrat Paul Kanjorski, “who is now in serious jeopardy of losing his seat to an anti-immigration upstart.” Kanjorski’s 9 nine points behind in a recent poll. …

Shake that base….

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