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Antis Lament Lack of a Candidate to Back in 2016

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There's an amusing story on the web site of the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard. Mark Krikorian, the head of the Center for Immigration Studies and one of the brighter folks in the anti-immigrant movement, laments the fact that he can't find a candidate in the GOP to back in 2016. John McCormack writes



On Tuesday, Kentucky senator Rand Paul delivered a
speech in favor of legalizing the status of illegal immigrants and
opening up a path to citizenship for
them. Immigration hawks were not pleased. "He just pissed away the
[presidential] nomination quite honestly," said Mark Krikorian of the
Center for Immigration Studies. "That's what he did today."


Paul
had previously supported the idea of immigration reform, but the speech
removed any possibility that he might move right and challenge the
establishment on the issue. Amnesty opponents were left feeling glum
about their prospects for a presidential candidate. "I'm honestly
looking for someone I can support in 2016," Krikorian told me over the
phone.




Krikorian goes on to note that he's now pinning his hopes on Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, who has not exactly come out in favor of immigration reform, but that's largely because he's dodge the subject and no one knows where he stands today.


This is quite the contrast to the 2012 campaign where the only candidates who seemed remotely reasonable on the subject - Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Utah Governor John Huntsman - were excorciated by their opponents. It's looking like 2016 will be a lot different. Of course, we could very well have a massive immigration reform bill several years on the books by then so the debate will likely look a lot different anyway.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    What about Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum?
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Kirkorian, racist and anti-immigrant but bright...Heather McDonald of Manhattan Institute, very racist and bright and the ex-Valley Girl from the San Fernando Valley. These people are more dangerous than the Ku Klux Klan who dont have much brain to speak of!
  3. Greg's Avatar
    Bachman won't be running. She almost lost her House seat due to her antics and is now off the national stage and focusing on her district (what a concept!). As for Santorum, he's not a candidate yet and I'm not convinced he will be given the national shift to the left.
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