GOP establishment strategist and talking head Karl Rove conspicuously omitted illegal immigration in his advice to GOP Senate candidates on how to close the sale to voters in this year’s midterm elections.
In a column in the Wall Street Journal, Rove urges Senate candidates to talk about “pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief, spending restraint to reduce the debt, health-care reforms to replace ObamaCare and energy policies like the Keystone XL pipeline” in addition to national defense.
Republican Senate candidates like Scott Brown in New Hampshire and Tom Cotton in Arkansas started to surge after they made illegal immigration a campaign issue. Democrats like Sens. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) begged President Barack Obama to delay his executive amnesty because it was so unpopular with voters.
A Gallup poll has found that illegal immigration is the top priority among Republicans. More Democrats are upset that the party is moving too quickly in trying to grant amnesty than are not and a majority of Democrats think illegal immigrant juveniles who have flooded across the border should not be eligible for taxpayer-funded government benefits. In a recent speech to the Congressional Black Caucus dinner, Obama made no mention of amnesty legislation, perhaps acknowledging that black voters are opposed to massive amnesty programs that would lower their wages and take away their jobs.
Rove, who declared war on the Tea Party along with the pro-amnesty Chamber of Commerce and vowed to field candidates to defeat conservatives, recently whined that his establishment-approved candidates are struggling in races they should be leading and not raising enough money because voters are not enthusiastic about their tame, moderate candidacies.