June 07, 2007

Tom Tancredo: His Own Worst Enemy?

Tom TancredoAs I pointed out in my post on the Republican debate yesterday, I think Tom Tancredo did himself more harm than good by bitterly recounting his sob story about being spurned by President Bush and Karl Rove. W. James Antle III of The American Spectator points out that Tom Tancredo also failed to score any points on immigration, the single issue upon which he has chosen to build his campaign.

More people will remember his story about Karl Rove -- complete with a vow to keep George W. Bush from darkening the White House's door -- than will recall anything he said about the Senate immigration bill.

His rivals didn't make the same mistake. Rudy Giuliani, a past supporter of amnesty who presided over a sanctuary city in New York, skillfully slammed the immigration bill's lack of unifying purpose. Mitt Romney, another former McCain-Kennedy backer whose current position on what to do with the existing illegal immigrant population is basically incoherent, also scored points when he said the federal government should enforce the laws already on the books. Indeed, Romney has rather improbably established himself as the field's leading critic of the Senate bill, much to McCain's obvious consternation.

It's Tancredo who has the longest record on the issue, however. His Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus has grown to include a majority of the House Republican Conference. The contingent played a key role in killing last year's Senate immigration bill -- and may help defeat the present one as well. He champions the attrition through enforcement strategy that is the leading alternative to a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

So why are the Johnny-Come-Lately candidates stealing his thunder? They are smoother. They are quicker with effective sound bites. And they are more serious about running a winning presidential campaign.

A candidate who is serious about winning a presidential campaign tends to act more serious, more professional and, in my assesment, more mature. A nationally televised debate is not the time or the place to recount what amounts to a schoolyard spat.

Just as I said that Hillary Clinton won the last Democratic presidential debate because she acted presidential, Tom Tancredo was the loser of the Republican debate because he acted like a whiny child.

My thanks to Beth of MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy for pointing out The American Spectator article.

[Cross posted at A Lovely Infidel.]

Posted by JanetteS at June 7, 2007 01:05 PM

Yep, I have to agree with you about Hillarity. She owned those clowns at their debate. She's still a monstrosity, but at least she presented herself well.

Even though I can't stand Tancredo, I almost feel SORRY for him because he looks like a fool up there with most of the others (except for that troll R*n P*ul, who I don't even count).

Also, Jim Gilmore? I used to think he was awesome when he was governor of Virginia, when I lived there. He looks worse than all (except RP); angry, mean, petty. I detest this "I'm more conservative than you" crap. Sez who? And how's that gonna win an election? Feh.

A bunch of those dudes need to clear out of the way and quit wasting everyone's time and their supporters' money. Bah humbug!

Posted by: Beth at June 8, 2007 04:19 AM

Beth ~ And the sad thing is there's at least a dozen more of these things coming! Too many debates - too many candidates!

Posted by: Janette at June 8, 2007 08:16 AM