A Republican fundraiser learns firsthand that the GOP grassroots resent the president's amnesty proposal.
The telephone rang and an old wealthy conservative friend answered. After the usual pleasantries, I told him I was a co-host for the upcoming Jan. 15 Bush-Cheney event at Atlanta's World Congress Center and pitched him for $2,000 to attend and see the president on a rope-line. For $20,000, I explained, he could have a personal audience and photograph with the commander-in-chief. Before I could even finish my last sentence, though, I was cut off. "You should know I wouldn't be writing a check after his crazy amnesty proposal."
I was not surprised, replied that I was as disgusted as he was, and pressed on with my next call. Same response-but angrier. "Why are you even helping Bush?" was the question from the third conservative donor on my list. The fourth rejection was emphatic-"I'm not giving him a dime because of that immigration announcement." The fifth person got right to the point: the president "is pandering to the open borders crowd." No check. My sixth target, who said he was "maxed out" to the campaign, was the only one to "support" the president: "Bush has given up on immigration, but I'm not concerned. Let's deal with the Democrats on other issues."
There was more of the same on my second day dialing for dollars, so I gave up. Then I warned the Georgia Bush-Cheney chairman, Jamie Reynolds, that I was failing to receive checks because of the president's stand on illegal immigration. His response was a polite admission that he had heard rumblings too but that we all should press on...
Immigration2003 · Tue, 04/06/2004 - 12:01 · Importance: 1