Elephant In California`s Living Room Still Unmentionable—For Now
On Tuesday November 2nd at exactly
8:01 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, incumbent
California Senator Barbara Boxer will be declared the
overwhelming winner in her re-election race against
Republican “challenger” Bill Jones.
At that same instant, Jones will
long list of California Republicans who blew their
chance at high office and now rest on the political
Because Jones ran a predictable
RINO (Republican in Name Only) campaign–commenting
only in politically correct terms on out-of-control
immigration—he will join a rogue`s gallery of other
challengers who failed to mention immigration:
Bill Simon (vs. Gov.
Gray Davis, 2002),
Dan Lungren (vs. Davis, 1998),
Tom Campbell (vs. Dianne
Feinstein, 2000) and Matt Fong (vs. Boxer, 1998).
The Boxer-Jones outcome won`t
register on the political seismograph. Jones supporters
have been hanging crepe since he won the Republican
nomination in March.
Those few who held out hope heard
the death knell last week when
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who endorsed Jones in
the primary, would not be photographed with him. [Jones`
Schwarzenegger fund-raiser latest sign of troubled run,
by Beth Fouhy, Associated Press, Sep. 19, 2004]
As of today, Boxer leads in the
polls by 54%-36%
grassroots Californians are scratching their heads
wondering how it is possible to run for Senate in
California (!) without
Tom Tancredo-style, at illegal immigration`s
Activist Evelyn Miller asked Jones`s
campaign manager Stephen Frank that exact question during
a face to face meeting. Frank`s response was a stony
Jones, the former two-term
California Secretary of State, could have battled the
perennially vulnerable Boxer to the wire. Jones is a
highly visibile, second- generation California rancher
whose accomplishments as Secretary of State include
“Three Strikes Law” that passed in a 1994
initiative with 72% of the vote.
Jones showed early signs of life by
defeating his primary opponent, the Hispanic White House
favorite and former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin, by 23
points. That should have provided him with a clue that
incessant chatter about the
wonderfulness of her immigrant background
If Jones had thrown grenades about
illegal immigration coming off his primary win, he
would have made a splash.
Instead, with six weeks to go before
Election Day, the Jones campaign is best described as
“coulda, shoulda, woulda…”
More`s the pity. Even in
ultra-liberal California, Boxer—ranked as the fifth most
liberal Senator by the National Journal in 2003—
represents an inviting target for Republicans— assuming
the Republican challenger has gumption.
Khachigian, campaign manager for Boxer`s first GOP Senate
opponent Bruce Herschensohn, agrees, "She`s extremely
partisan and extremely ideological, and she pretty much
represents a narrow view in California of the left."
may not like it, but same Boxer cruising to third Senate
win, Erica Werner, Sep. 19, 2004, Associated
certainly applies to Boxer`s immigration agenda. Although
Boxer claims she is against amnesty, she is a
S1545, the DREAM Act that would allow aliens to pay
in-state tuition rates at universities. Boxer also
supports the AgJOBS bill and driver`s license for illegal
support of these unpopular pro-illegal alien bills
provides plenty of fodder for an astute politician.
aggressive challenger could also point to the illegal
alien-induced nightmare in southern California. A
recently released report by the Southern California
Association of Government found that in the last decade
southern California had experienced a net out migration of
1.5 million residents and replaced them with 1.5 million
poor and less educated immigrations.
problems created by that demographic shift are:
health care crisis in Los Angeles County where the
emergency rooms have dwindled from 97 to 79 in the
last fifteen years. During the same period, the
uninsured rose to 27%. Most of the
uninsured are illegal aliens.
K-12 education system is broken beyond
high-school drop out rate is 30%–mostly
- The Los Angeles County illiteracy rate in the workplace
is 53%. This is a sure sign that illiterate illegal
aliens are getting jobs that otherwise would go to
face of these multiple compelling problems, Jones
simply clueless. During a summer appearance on the
John and Ken Show, Jones said that his solution to
the illegal alien disaster would be to bill the federal
government for California`s costs for social services
mind-boggling stupidity for two reasons:
the federal government is a pro-illegal alien body with
no intention of reimbursing a single dime.
- Second, even if the feds agreed to pay, those are still
of taking the illegal immigration bull by the horns,
Jones consistently mealy-mouthed his way around it.
a recent roundtable discussion with “recent immigrants”
is what Jones
said about immigration and education:
U.S. remains more open than any other nation, any other
society in its approach to legal immigration. We welcome
more people, we provide more access to citizenship, and
we offer more paths to success than virtually any other
nation in history. We have always been the land of
opportunity, and should always remain so. Education has
always been the ladder used by each immigrant group to
higher economic achievement. My wife, Maurine, has been a
high school English teacher and special education
teacher, and our family has a personal and deep
commitment to improving our public schools. The resources
of the federal government can be applied in several ways
to further education performance."
comment is off-topic re California today, disingenuous
and, ultimately, nauseating.
McCain and Guiliani will not impact
the election`s outcome one iota. And Jones could have
saved their airfare if he had just done the obvious: made
a simple statement, repeated at every whistle stop, that
when elected to the U.S. Senate, he would enforce the
immigration laws of the nation and work vigorously to end
illegal immigration by securing the border.
Here is my closing prediction: this
is the last California campaign for Senate, Congress or
Governor that will not include open debates about
immigration. The people, whose voices are now loudly
talk radio and the
Internet, will simply not permit more ducking.
At least one Congressman agrees with
me. In an interview with
Lou Dobbs this week, Dana Rohrabacher said,
“Unless the political
parties step up and address this issue, I predict that
within a year or two, there will be a
third party that will emerge and it will sweep out
the existing parties.”
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.