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Tancredo, keep on flapping your gums

Beautiful. Rep. Tom Tancredo, the Republican congressman from Colorado, is on a death wish to destroy the GOP on the immigration issue. I hope he gets on all the chat shows and continues spewing crap like this, especially after the sight of 500,000 people marching in protest of the current “immigration reform” legislation the Rethugs are threatening to put in place. (MSNBC):

Tancredo may not be a household name yet, but he’s doing everything he can to change that. As the House and Senate debate the nation’s immigration and border-security laws, the four-term Coloradan has positioned himself as the loudest, angriest voice against the estimated 11 million illegal aliens now living in the United States. They are “a scourge that threatens the very future of our nation,” he says. He laments “the cult of multiculturalism,” and worries about America’s becoming a “Tower of Babel.”

…Tancredo’s anti-immigration campaign is also brazenly, almost gleefully, taking aim at George W. Bush and Karl Rove. The president had once hoped the immigration debate would center on his proposed guest-worker program, which would allow illegals—who fill millions of unskilled, low-wage jobs—to stay in the country for a set period of time…Rove pushed the pure political benefits of the plan: immigrant-friendly policies would help the party reach out to the fast-growing Latino vote.

Instead, the immigration debate has split the GOP, with many Republicans in the House and Senate, worried about alienating voters, openly opposing the president. In December, the House tossed aside the worker program and passed a bill that features tougher security at the Mexican border—including Tancredo’s cherished fence—and crackdowns on illegals who are already here. “You can’t ignore him,” says a GOP leadership aide who wouldn’t be named because he wanted to keep his job. “The administration doesn’t want to hear this, but a lot of Americans think he’s right.”

Tancredo is so brazen about the support from The Base on the immigration issue that he intimates that if Congress doesn’t address it to his liking that he will run for president in 2008 to force others in the race just to keep the issue in the forefront.

That’s got to make Karl and Kenny Mehlman feel queasy.

* 500,000 march in L.A. over Fed immigration legislation
* Immigration vs. Invasion
* There’s dumb, dumber, and then there’s Tom Tancredo

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