John McCain’s incoherence on immigration policy has quickly gone from problematic to humiliating. The poor guy has spun himself into a box he can’t seem to get out of.
Just Thursday, in a relatively high-profile speech in California, McCain went back to the position he’d given up to win the Republican nomination. McCain boasted about having worked with Ted Kennedy and said, “[W]e must enact comprehensive immigration reform. We must make it a top agenda item.” McCain went on to take an anti-deportation position on immigrants already in the U.S. who entered the country illegally, saying “they are also God’s children, and we have to do it in a human and compassionate fashion.”
Soon after, far-right activists were apoplectic, especially given McCain’s repeated assurances during the primaries that he’d given on a “comprehensive” approach to immigration reform. So, the day after his speech, McCain reversed course yet again.
For those keeping score at home, McCain does not support “comprehensive immigration reform.”
Nearly all of these, by the way, come from the last six months.
As Steve Benen notes, immigration reform (aka do something about the brown people) is a big issue for the Republicans. So I am interested in seeing what Mr. McCain will say when he’s asked about it during a presidential debate. Will he go left and stick with the “all God’s children” approach, or will he become like Tom Tancredo and order up the box cars? Or will he just tip over?