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Latinos Have Figured Out Two-Face McCain

twofacemccain1.thumbnail.jpgAs bad as it has been looking for John McCain’s prospects attracting Latino votes, fear not: He can always do even worse. For instance, the latest polling:

A new national survey of Latino voters shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama with a nearly 3-to-1 advantage over his rival, Republican John McCain.

The survey found that 60 percent of Latinos planned to vote for Obama, compared to 23 percent for McCain, while 16 percent were undecided. Latino Decisions, a collaboration between Pacific Market Research and University of Washington political scientists Matt Barreto and Gary Segura, conducted the poll by telephone June 1–12.

This was even before his two-faced appearance at a closed-door town-hall session in Chicago. And as a sign they intend to make immigration — and McCain’s phony strategy of trying to play both sides of the aisle — a campaign issue, the Obama campaign jumped all over it:

As Dana Goldstein at Tapped observes:

If McCain has any enduring principles on immigration at this juncture, they’re impossible to discern.

Actually, they’re not entirely indiscernible. John McCain’s one enduring principle, across a whole range of issues, is Whatever Benefits John McCain. If that’s his political compass, well, no wonder he talks out both sides of his head.

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David Neiwert

David Neiwert

David Neiwert is the managing editor of Firedoglake. He's a freelance journalist based in Seattle and the author/editor of the blog Orcinus. He also is the author of Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, June 2005), as well as Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America (Palgrave/St. Martin's, 2004), and In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest (1999, WSU Press). His reportage for on domestic terrorism won the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000.