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Here's how (link): If [11 million illegal aliens] had been on the voting rolls in 2012 and voted along the same lines as other Hispanic voters did last fall, President Barack Obama’s relatively narrow victory last fall would have been considerably wider, a POLITICO analysis showed.
Despite what you'll read elsewhere, the "Hispanic vote" didn't cost Mitt Romney the election. But, don't just take it from me.
Mitt Romney conducted a conference call with his backers today, and showed that he's as clueless after his loss as he was before. From this (note: not The Onion): [Romney said] the president had followed the "old playbook" of using targeted initiatives to woo specific interest groups - "especially the African-American community, the Hispanic community and young people."
Don't just take it from me, hear what the establishment-friendly Sean Trende (Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics) has to say. From "The Case of the Missing White Voters" (link):
Did Mitt Romney lose the 2012 election to Barack Obama because of immigration? In a word, no. While Obama might have picked up a good share of the "Hispanic vote", he was always going to get a large share of Hispanics voting for him.
The audio below has Mitt Romney telling a group of businessmen (in so many words) that they should scare their employees into voting for him. It was recorded at a June 6, 2012 National Federation for Independent Business townhall. On the audio, Romney says:
Time for another edition of Billionaires Know Best. This edition features an ad that Thomas Peterffy of Interactive Brokers (net worth over $4 billion) will spend $5 to $10 million running in swing states. In the ad (video below), the Hungarian-born Peterffy complains about, among other things, the non-existent threat of socialism. First the transcript of the ad, followed by a discussion of why it's wrong:
Speaking on last night's Sean Hannity show, Mitt Romney attempted to walk back his earlier anti-American comments where he turned his back on half of America. Now, Romney says (video below):
Mitt Romney says he won't revoke visas for those in Obama's amnesty. Instead, he'll push his own "full immigration reform plan" - 10/02/12
Mitt Romney recently spoke to the Denver Post editorial board and said this (link): "The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid. I'm not going to take something that they've purchased," Romney said. "Before those visas have expired we will have the full immigration reform plan that I've proposed."
Mike Rowe - host of the TV show Dirty Jobs - has endorsed Mitt Romney for president (link). Whether he'll go as far as being this election cycle's Joe The Plumber or Tito The Builder remains to be seen. In any case, this is a big mistake on his part for various reasons:
When it comes to immigration, there are two basic sides: those who want more of it and those who want the same or less. The great majority of Americans are in the second camp: they want to keep immigration levels the same or reduce them and they oppose illegal immigration.
Mitt Romney wimps out on immigration, again (Univision, "our system isn't to deport people") - 09/20/12
Yesterday, Mitt Romney was interviewed on Univision by Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas; a transcript of his answers about immigration is below.
Gallup: just 20% more likely to vote for Mitt Romney due to his "47%" comments (even with Romney-friendly wording) - 09/19/12
As it turns out, anti-American libertarian concepts about moochers and producers aren't too popular with the Americans. According to a new Gallup poll (link), just 20% say Mitt Romney's "47%" comments make them more likely to vote for him.
[SEE IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW] As it turns out, the "full" video of Mitt Romney's remarks where he turned his back on half the U.S. and spouted an anti-American libertarian talking point is actually missing one to two minutes .
Here are a few questions for Mitt Romney or his supporters about Romney's anti-American claim that half the U.S. are welfare queens.
Anti-American Mitt Romney smears half the U.S. as welfare queens at millionaire's meeting - 09/17/12
[SEE IMPORTANT UPDATE BELOW] The video below  shows Mitt Romney speaking at a meeting of potential donors and turning his back on half the U.S. His comments are truly anti-American: he's smearing half the U.S. as welfare queens and moochers. Here's a transcript of the video:
Mitt Romney will be speaking to the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce later today and will pander and do so ineffectively. It'd be a smart move for him to have some kind of a Sista Souljah moment with that group, challenging them on their race-based support for illegal activity.
It's less than two months to Election Day, but Mitt Romney is lagging behind while Barack Obama is pulling ahead in key states. Allow me to channel the greatest thinkers of the GOP (e.g., peekURL.com/zHdnAfd ), the Romney campaign, and the conservative establishment and wonder what's going on? Why isn't the GOP putting this one away?
Mel Martinez: Romney won't support attrition as president ("self deport", Jeb Bush, Kobach) - 08/28/12
The video below (cached) shows Mel Martinez - a member of Mitt Romney's Hispanic Steering Committee - commenting on Romney's immigration position if he becomes president. Asked if Romney will stay with his last-known position in support of attrition - aka "self-deport" - Martinez says:
Paul Ryan - Mitt Romney's choice for running mate - is on the wrong side of the immigration issue. Not only would he harm middle- and working-class Americans and help the wealthy in direct economic ways, but he'd do the same on the immigration front as well.
Rep. Paul Ryan will reportedly be Mitt Romney's choice for vice presidential running mate. If true, that decision is nearly insane.
One of the major problems the GOP has is people who can't figure out how to do things the right way. In some cases I wouldn't care, but in many cases the dumb things the GOP does have an impact on the U.S. as a whole.
I'm sure Mitt Romney thanks Rudy Giuliani for this:
The Mitt Romney campaign will allegedly launch a personal attacks effort against Barack Obama. This is yet another indication that he and his campaign are in well over their heads: their effort will have limited effectiveness and is the opposite of what the country (and the GOP) needs. From :
Matt Yglesias of Slate continues his slow, shallow descent into becoming Tom Friedman Jr. with "Offshoring Is Fine" .
Claim: Mitt Romney said he won't flip flop on immigration at millionaires' meeting (Murdoch, Blankfein, Home Depot, Univision, Giuliani) - 07/02/12
This is all just hearsay, but it would be interesting if it turns out to be true : Mitt Romney last week told a private group of potential supporters and business and media elites, including Rupert Murdoch, that he was treading carefully around the issue of immigration to avoid looking like a "flip-flopper."
Mitt Romney NALEO speech: ever weaker on immigration (chain green cards, comprehensive reform, guest workers) - 06/21/12
Mitt Romney spoke to NALEO - the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials - earlier today and went even weaker on immigration. Excerpts of his remarks, a discussion, and video are below.
Nate Cohn of The New Republic offers "Will Obama’s New Immigration Policy Help in November?" , a response to Obama in effect passing the DREAM Act by executive order:
Mitt Romney "agrees" with Marco Rubio in some way on anti-American DREAM Act; just how dumb or corrupt is Romney? - 06/15/12
Is Mitt Romney dumb, corrupt, or some combination of the two? Whatever it is, Romney is dumb and/or corrupt enough to come close to caving on the anti-American DREAM Act. If Romney were smart and not corrupt, he'd oppose anti-American bills like the DREAM Act; see the link for how that bill would harm Americans, something you won't hear from the establishment media.
Earlier today, the Washington Post published allegations that Mitt Romney was a bully back in prep school (link). I didn't read the story, but that's not what this post is about.
At the Huffington Post, UC Berkeley professor and former Clinton official Robert Reich shows a decided lack of interest in getting his facts right (link). He writes:
Whit Ayres: the GOP pollster trying to weaken Mitt Romney on immigration (Hispanic Leadership Network) - 04/27/12
For several weeks, the establishment media have been printing articles designed to weaken Mitt Romney on immigration, holding out the Hispanic vote as a carrot.
Remember "Obama is black and we worry those whites (who are all racists except for us) won't vote for him" stories from four+ years ago? At the Daily Beast, Michael Tomasky offers the unaware, modern-day version of those stories (link):
A Quinnipiac University poll  asked "Regardless of how you intend to vote, who do you think would do a better job - on immigration, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?" Here are the results:
Garrett Haake of MSNBC overheard a Mitt Romney speech at a closed-door fundraiser to wealthy donors last night and - among much more - says this (link):
Here's a list of Mitt Romney's advisors and surrogates on Twitter. Please contact them repeatedly about the issues discussed on the Mitt Romney page, especially Romney's evolving immigration position:
Dear Zac Moffatt, Digital Director for the Mitt Romney campaign (@zacmoffatt):
Michael Barone writes (link):
Mitt Romney and his incompetent advisors are inching him closer and closer to a weak immigration position that validates Obama's position on the issue. Romney's advisors clearly aren't smart enough to understand that won't work.