GOP Insurgents Rubio, Hoffman Have The Right Enemies—But The Wrong, Treason Lobby, Friends

The times they are

a-changing
on the grassroots right. After years of
drinking the

neoconservatives`
Kool-Aid and eating their

freedom fries
, Middle America

seems to be realizing
that blind support for the GOP
got the country right in the mess it`s in
today—government bigger than ever, mass unemployment,
unchecked immigration, and Barack Obama as president.


Tea Parties
,

defunding ACORN
,
auditing the Fed
,

attacking Sotomayor
for her

La Raza
Agenda, attacking Obama for his

anti-white agenda
, Members of Congress screaming at
the President for

lying about health care and illegal immigrants
, even
mutterings about

secession
—all of this would have been unheard of
with Bush and Delay in charge. But today it`s
commonplace on conservative talk radio and on the
blogosphere.

As yet, there is a dearth of
political and institutional leadership to guide this
nascent movement. Needless to say, the Republican Party
Establishment is promoting safe, bland candidates for
office rather than new

Tom Tancredos
or
Virgil
Goodes
. However, the Tea Partyers/ Town Hallers
appear to be standing up to the party hacks. This is
gratifying—but beneath the anti-establishment veneer of
some of the Tea Partyers` Beltway allies is the same old
Open Borders particle board.

The most prominent

“anti-Establishment”
candidate: Marco Rubio, the

white Cuban
former speaker of Florida House of
Representatives, who is running against former Florida
Governor

Charlie Crist
for the appalling

Mel Martinez
`s soon-to-be vacated U.S. Senate seat.

“Anti-tax `tea
party` conservatives are struggling with the Republican
Party establishment by backing insurgent candidates,
political activists say.

One example is in
Florida, where the anti-tax and limited government
advocacy group
FreedomWorks
[more
on them later—WW
]
is
backing former state House Speaker Marco Rubio for U.S.
Senate against the candidate preferred by GOP centrists,
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

[`Tea
party` backers target GOP candidates
,
UPI,
October 12, 2009]

Besides Crist`s support for
amnesty, conservatives are still furious over his
underhanded promotion of

John McCain
during the Florida primary:

Naturally, the National Republican
Senatorial Committee endorsed Crist.

On the surface, Rubio does indeed seem an improvement
over Mel Martinez on immigration. His

platform states:

“Legal immigration has been a great source of strength and prosperity
for
America
, but I believe
illegal immigration threatens the foundation of this
system. If I had been in the Senate at the time, I would
have opposed the McCain-Kennedy bill. I believe we must
fix our immigration system by first securing the border,
fixing the visa and entry process and opposing amnesty
in any reform.”

But
“fixing the visa
and entry process”
could mean a lot of
things—including massively increasing legal immigration.
Remember how Bush tried to portray amnesty as
immigration
reform
.

And Rubio gave a disturbing hint of
what this meant in a

convoluted interview with the website
Red County
.
He absurdly accused
Democrats and labor unions of being against legal
immigration, while Republicans (he asserted) support it.


Rubio must be either
completely ignorant of the

sellout
of union workers by
Big
Labor,
or he is promoting a guest worker program—the
only aspect of legal immigration that

labor unions oppose.


Even more ominously,
Rubio blamed the Republican`s
“tone” on
immigration for alienating Hispanic voters.


Even Rubio`s record on
illegal immigration is

dubious
. In 2008, patriotic Florida state
legislators proposed over a dozen bills to crack down on
illegal immigration, but as Speaker Rubio stalled them
in the House:


“Florida
lawmakers looking to pass bills targeted at curbing
illegal immigration faced one major hurdle this
session—convincing South Florida legislators, who hold
key leadership positions in the House and Senate, to
support their cause.


Without the
backing of House Speaker Marco Rubio, the first
Cuban-American to hold the position, the bills failed to
get any major play in their committees. Six weeks into
the session, a three-hour workshop was held on the six
House bills, but even that failed to produce its desired
intent of combining the bills into one larger committee
bill.


`Speaker Rubio
outlined the priorities of the session and this didn`t
fall under that list,` said Rivera, one of Rubio`s
lieutenants.”

[Miami-Dade lawmakers
stymie immigration bills
, by Laura Figueroa,
Miami Herald, April 17, 2008]

Finally, Rubio was the object of a
fawning National
Review
cover story recently which even worse, was
written by the unspeakable

John J. Miller
—a very bad sign indeed. [Rubio
Rising
|The
Florida GOP has a new star
, Sept 7, 2009(Free
link
)]

Rubio is not the only
anti-establishment candidate in the race. 
Former New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, who has
since moved to Florida, is also running. Unlike Rubio,
he is making stopping illegal immigration a top
priority. According to the
Jacksonville
Observer

“During a recent
appearance on the
Jacksonville

Observer Radio Show, Smith made it clear that he was not
pulling punches against Crist or Rubio. He noted that
his campaign is going to include a significant focus on
dealing with illegal immigration. On the issue of
so-called amnesty, Smith replies: `No, no, and hell
no!`”
[Rubio
and Smith to Participate in Senate Candidate Forum
,
by Austin Cassidy,
The
Jacksonville

Observer
, October 19, 2009]

That said, Smith`s

record
on immigration in the Senate in the 1980s and
early 1990s leaves much to be desired. But it is clear
that he is currently the only candidate in the race who
is making stopping mass immigration a series issue.

The other

“anti-Establishment”
hope:

Doug Hoffman,
who is the Conservative Party
candidate against GOP nominee

Dede Scozzafava
in a special election in New York`
23rd Congressional District on November 3.

Once again, conventional wisdom
pits him as an anti-Establishment Tea Party candidate.
For example, the Wall Street Journal:

“The rise of conservative

`tea party` activists
around the country has created
a dilemma for Republicans. They are breathing life into
the party`s quest to regain power. But they`re also
waging war on some candidates hand-picked by GOP leaders
as the most likely to win.

“In upstate New
York, Dede Scozzafava, 49 years old, is the choice of
local party leaders to defend a Republican seat in the
U.S. House of Representatives, an abortion-rights
candidate who could appeal to independents. Doug
Hoffman, 59, is a local accountant backed by tea-party
activists who has jumped into the race declaring himself
the real conservative.”
[Tea-Party
Activists Complicate Republican Comeback Strategy
,
by Naftali Bendavid,
Wall Street
Journal
, October 16, 2009]

New York has a fusion voting system
that allows candidates to run on multiple party lines.
Usually the Conservative Party simply endorses the GOP
candidate, but occasionally—such as
William
F. Buckley`s
losing

New York Mayoralty campaign
against

John Lindsay
or his brother

James Buckley
`s winning U.S. Senate campaign against

Charles Goodell
—they run against it.

The country-wide patriotic support
of Hoffman is not the equivalent of supporting, say, the

Constitution Party
. But it is certainly a step
forward.

Unfortunately—and probably unknown
to his many grassroots supporters across the
country—Hoffman takes the Bush/McCain line on
immigration. According to his platform:

“There is no question that our immigration policies are flawed. The
answer, though, is not to put up a wall and stop all
immigration. The answer is to create an easier path for
immigrants to enter the w:st="on">United States – and to work here –
while at the same time getting tough on illegal
immigrants who commit crimes.”

What`s going on here? The main
problem is that the same old Open Borders Beltway
“conservative”
operations like the Club for Growth and
Grover
Norquist
`s Americans
for Tax Reform
, both Bush lapdogs a few years ago,
are now struggling to get control of the Tea Party
movement.

And they`re getting somewhere. The
most disturbing development: the re-ascension of former
Republican Whip

Dick Armey
. Armey`s organization
Freedom Works
claims to have helped organize the 9-12 protest against
big government and to be creating a grassroots network
of 800,000 conservative activists.

Both Armey and Freedom Works have
terrible records on immigration. A quick

search
of immigration at the Freedom Works site
shows dozens of articles, panels, and press releases
supporting amnesty and more immigration.

Most disgracefully, Armey attacked

Tom Tancredo
as
the “cheerleader
of jerkiness in the immigration debate”
and accused
Pat Buchanan of being “content to be a rock star” for “10 percent of the most

militant voter
s in America.”
[Republican
blasts party`s guest-worker plan
,
McClatchy
Newspapers
, September 28, 2006]

Armey also promotes political
correctness on racial issues. During the 2008 campaign,
he provided ammunition for the left by calling white
working class citizens the
“Bubba vote”
that would not support Obama because of his race.
According to Armey, it was
“deplorable, but
… real,"
that
“an awful lot of people in America…are not emotionally
prepared to vote for a black man.”
[Armey
`Bubba vote` to hurt Obama
, by Richard Wolf and
Martha T. Moore,
USA Today
, September 3, 2008]

In an age when
Joe
Wilson became
a hero to Middle Americans when the
Left called him a racist for calling out Obama`s lies on
illegal immigration, it is absurd that political correct
Open Borders advocates could aspire to lead the patriot
movement against Obama.

With Bush and McCain discredited,
and a

Middle America
fed up with the Obama administration,
the Tea Party patriots have an unprecedented opportunity

to take their country back
. 

But first, they need to keep their
movement out of the hands of Beltway
faux radicals
like Norquist, Armey, and their ilk. 

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