McCain poll numbers drop
As predicted, John McCain’s support for illegal immigrant amnesty is starting to show at the polls. This story first broke one week ago, last Friday. At that time, he was polling in the mid-20s, just a few points behind Guiliani and had recently made up some ground on the former NYC mayor. But the polls released since then show a change. Now, he is polling as low as 13%. The message is clear, you can’t win the GOP nomination without the conservative base, and the conservative base does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants.
And the fact is, most of us would be willing to compromise on this issue, understanding that we can’t deport 12 million people. We’d be willing to stipulate on some sort of “path to citizenship” for these people, but ONLY after the border is secure and not one moment before. McCain missed an opportunity here. He could’ve taken a hard-line stance on border security, demanding we protect our southern border, while also promising a path to citizenship for the illegals already here. I don’t think that would have cause nearly the same kind of stir.
Instead, he favors this bill that grants amnesty while still leaving our southern border wide open, and that’s just not acceptable (yes, I know there is a provision for 300 miles of fence to be built, of which only 2 miles have been completed and our border is nearly 900 miles long. Securing 30% of the border is NOT securing the border). McCain is in big trouble and I’m not sure he can pull out of this hole.
And to respond to other comments. McCain is NOT the only GOP candidate who can win the White House. According to real clear politics, head to head hypothetical polls show only one scenario in which a Republican wins: Guiliani vs Clinton. So you progressives shouldn’t be too excited about McCain’s plummet. Plus, the polls don’t include Fred Thompson or Gingrich because they haven’t yet entered the race.