A few days after thanksgiving, I askedwhat had surprised him about voters over the past six months of campaigning. “The intensity of the immigration issue,” he said immediately, and then added, “I honestly don’t know why it’s gotten so hot.” Huckabee gets points for candor: most of the presidential candidates I’ve spoken with in recent months feel the same way but aren’t about to say so. It is difficult to spend a day on the trail and not see the anger explode.
Hmmm… more a hot-button issue than Iraq, eh? Imagine that!
I agree with Clinton’s and Huckabee’s assessment, BTW, that it’s based on the economy:
During the 1990s, I cannot remember being asked about immigration… Why? Because the economy was working… And average Americans didn’t have to go around looking for someone to blame.”
I’m curious if it will be so one year from now, when it counts in the voting booths…