Election 2010: A Step Forward—But Still A Long Way To Go


[See also:




Election 2010—A Grinding Trench Warfare Advance For
Immigration Patriots
,


by Peter Brimelow]


So the Republicans took control of the House, gained a
few seats in the Senate, and now control the majority of
the governorships in the Country. Hurrah.

But as 12 years with a Republican Congress from

1995
to

2007
show, that doesn`t mean much unless we have the
right Republicans (or in

some cases
Democrats) elected.

And in that vein, yesterday`s results on

the state level were very promising
, but the
Congressional races were mixed. Here are some of the key
races.



Governors:


With Arizona taking center stage in the immigration
debate, immigration became a major state issue during
the campaigns.

Jan Brewer
rode the

coattails
of SB 1070 to a 13% victory over anti-SB
1070 Democrat

Terry Goddard.


Of course the most disappointing defeat was
Denver Mayor
John Hickenlooper`s 50-37% victory over
Tom Tancredo. I really thought Tancredo would

pull it off
. Polls seemed to be showing Tom down
around 3-5% below

Hickenlooper
with Republican Dan Maes around 7%.
Tancredo got strong endorsements from

Sarah Palin
and

Glenn Beck
at the last minute, and I believed that
he could have completely peeled off all that support.
Unfortunately, Maes managed to command 11% of the vote
and the Democrats ended up performing much better than
expected in Colorado as a whole. Additionally many
voters in Colorado cast their ballots early, before they
knew

Tancredo was in the running.

Still, it is clear that Tancredo did not


"spoil"
election for the Republicans, but vice
versa. He should come out of this race with a

stronger national profile.

Other than Tancredo, however, pro-SB 1070 candidates won
handedly. Nathan Deal, someone

we can trust
based on his record, won the
governorship in Georgia by a solid 10%. Other pro-SB
1070 candidates

Rick Scott (Florida),
Robert Bentley (Alabama),
Richard Corbett (Pennsylvania),

Nikki Haley
(South Carolina), and

Bill Haslam
(Tennessee) will all be in their
respective State Houses next year. (I should also note
that the

much-vilified
lawyer who

drafted
SB 1070, Kris Kobach, was

elected Secretary of State
in

Kansas
).



Senate:


Next to Tom Tancredo, the biggest disappointment had to
be Harry Reid`s defeat over Sharron Angle. While I had
some

mild criticisms
over Angle`s failure to address
legal immigration and occasional pandering, the choice
between her and Reid could not be clearer on
immigration. Angle made illegal immigration a main focus
of her campaign and closed the campaign with an
incredibly

tough ad.


Reid is one of the few candidates in the election to
actually run on his support for amnesty, going as far as
forcing a vote on the DREAM Act amnesty right before the
election.

NNeedless to say, the propaganda has already begun. La
Raza president

Janet Murguía
has claimed:



"Latino voters sent a loud and clear message this
election: We reject the politics of fear and
demonization. Where candidates engaged in the shameful
scapegoating of immigrants and tactics that
transparently disrespected Hispanics, such as in

Nevada
and Colorado, the response from Hispanic
voters was overwhelming."


[Hispanic
Rejection Of Anti-Immigrant Campaigning Helps Democrats
Keep Senate
,
National Council of La Raza,
November 3, 2010]

(However, the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that
Sharron Angle
got some 30% of the Hispanic vote,
which is squarely

within the historic range
and about what Fiorino and
Whitman got in California.

The Latino Vote
in the 2010 Elections
,
Pew Research Center
Publications, November 3, 2010).

There were some bright spots. John Boozman—with an A+

grade

from Numbers USA for his voting record in the
House—trounced pro-amnesty Blanche Lincoln, and Rand
Paul won by a solid margin. If Boozman simply introduces

half the bills he-cosponsored in the House of
Representatives
, he would easily become the most
pro-active immigration patriot in the Senate.



House of Representatives:

Without a doubt, the biggest victory for immigration
patriots last night came in the form of

Hazleton
mayor Lou Barletta`s

defeat
of 13-term incumbent Paul Kanjorski by 10%.
Most of the Republican victories came in conservative
districts that Bush and McCain carried. In contrast,

Pennsylvania`s 11th Congressional district

is a heavily

unionized
and Democratic district carried by both
Obama and Kerry. Obviously, the Republican wave helped
Barletta, but the victory would not be possible were it
not for his

heroic stand against illegal immigration.

Paul Gosar and David Schweikert both ran on defending SB
1070 and ending birthright citizenship in Arizona and

both won
easily. (And Jesse Kelly, who is the most
anti-establishment immigration patriot in Arizona, is
currently trailing

Gabrielle Giffords
by less than a percentage point,
so we must wait and see if he pulls it off.)

Literally dozens of other new congressmen for the 112th
Congress made illegal immigration a major issue in their
campaign.

So what can we expect from the 112th
Congress? Roy Beck at Numbers USA wrote:



"I`m not sure there has been a Congress since 1924 —
and certainly not in the last 50 years — that had a
membership more interested in reductions in overall
illegal and legal immigration than will be the one that
was elected yesterday."


[Election
Dramatically Shifted Immigration Balance of Power in
Congress Toward Enforcement & Reductions
, Roy
Beck, NumbersUSA, November 3, 2010]

Beck may be right—but that`s only because we haven`t had
any reductions in immigration during that entire period.
I don`t know of a single winning candidate whose
platform mentioned
cutting legal immigration.


Dozens of freshman congressman filled out NumbersUSA`s
survey, which included numerous questions about reducing
legal immigration, perfectly. However, I could not find
a single winning candidate who actually made any
statements or included planks in their platforms about
lowering legal immigration.


There were a number of candidates who claimed to be
“true reformers” (= but actually called for increasing
legal immigration.


Thus Joe Heck who defeated Dana Titus in Nevada stated
in his platform:



"Part of this solution also requires fixing and
streamlining our nation`s bureaucracy to manage the
legal immigration infrastructure. For too long the
federal government has failed in this area as well. It
should not take years or decades for a law-abiding,
eligible individual to come to our nation legally."


[
Immigration,
Heck for Nevada]


In my

last article,
I argued that Democrat Walt Minnick
was a stronger candidate than

Puerto Rican
Immigration Lawyer Raul Labrador whose
platform stated that we should
"offer illegals
an incentive to come forward."

But Labrador won. And as a
Hispanic
Republican
ostensibly opposed to illegal
immigration, he is now poised to become a leader on the
issue for the party. Congressional Quarterly already
reported on Wednesday morning:

"With more than
15 years of experience as an immigration lawyer,
Labrador is likely to make a splash in the immigration
debate.

“He has already
met with Steve King, currently the ranking Republican on
the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, and
says that he expects to be placed on that panel."

[112th
Congress: Rául R. Labrador, R-Idaho
,

by Lauren Smith, CQ Politics,
November 3, 2010]


NumbersUSA deserves a great deal of credit for forcing
these politicians to signing their names on pledges to
reduce legal immigration. This is a first step. But I
would not count on the likes of Raul Labrador to do
anything to stem the flood of mass immigration, despite
what he told NumbersUSA.



However, these new Republicans are by and large opposed
to amnesty—even in small chunks like the

DREAM Act.
And, with the help of some moderate
Democrats, there is a small chance they might pass some
increases in border security or

employer verification.


But unless things change dramatically, it is unlikely
that there will be any progress on issues such as
increasing

deportations
or ending

birthright citizenship
.


Yesterday`s election was a step forward for patriotic
immigration reform. But we still have a long way to go
before we take our country back.

"Washington Watcher" [email
him
] is an anonymous source Inside The
Beltway.