April 26, 2012, - 5:21 pm

Romney Demotes Secure Borders Immigration Adviser to Appease Latinos

By Debbie Schlussel

Now that he’s sewn up the Republican nomination, the real Mitt Romney is emerging . . . the same Mitt Romney we knew we were getting in the first place: the one who ran to the left of Teddy Kennedy. And in one of his first moves as Mr. (Etchy) Sketchy, Romney has demoted Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the tough-on-illegal aliens, secure borders patriot I’m proud to know (we spoke at the same Arizona secure borders conference a few years ago and communicated later on when he used some of my info for a New York Post column). Kobach was behind Romney’s tough stance on immigration and America’s borders, while he was trying to secure the GOP nomination. But, now, a “softer, gentler” a/k/a LIBERAL Mitt Romney has no use for that because he wants the Hispanic vote.


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Kris Kobach Lost the Romney Immigration Ear to Marco “Mini-DREAM Act” Rubio

I already told you that Romney got Marco Rubio to introduce his own version of the DREAM Act, granting legal status and in-state tuition to illegal aliens. And, now, Kobach, who served as an adviser to Romney in both 2008 and 2010 to the present has been “modified” from adviser to mere “supporter.” Kris Kobach, a very classy and decent guy, has too much dignity to say anything negative about this, so he’s denied he’s no longer a Romney adviser. But the Romney campaign says otherwise, and they’ve thrown Kobach under the bus (another scary Romney tactic similar to that of Obama). From the Politico’s Glenn Thrush:

Como se dice “Etch a Sketch” en espanol?

Over the weekend, I noticed that Kris Kobach, Mitt Romney’s unpaid immigration adviser — and the inspiration for Romney’s “voluntary deportation” strategy – wasn’t included in a fairly comprehensive Boston Globe rundown of staff, advisers and the kitchen cabinet types.

When I asked Boston if Kobach was still an “adviser,” a Romney spokesperson emailed back: “supporter.”


I think there’s some sort of typo in this report because there is no reference to someone named “Boston,” only the Boston Globe. But it’s clear that Thrush is communicating with someone atop Romney’s PR operation. I think he’s referring to Romney’s top adviser, Beth Myers, who is quoted in the article. She also ran his 2008 campaign in which he lost to the guy who lost to Obama in large numbers.

And then she sent a cut-pasted a copy of a press release from Kobach’s endorsement earlier this year.

About a month ago, when I wrote about the Kansas Secretary of State, author of the controversial Arizona and Alabama immigration laws, folks in Mittland were referring to Kobach as an informal adviser – and I picked up on a lot of anger at Kobach from Romney’s Hispanic supporters who blamed him for pushing the candidate to the right on immigration, which has cost him dearly in recent polls among Spanish-speaking voters.

At the time, several prominent Romney supporters predicted the former Massachusetts governor would begin distancing himself from Kobach once the nomination was sewn up.

And so it goes. Romney is now distancing himself from Kobach, per the predictions, despite what Kris is saying to the Politico in denial of this.

So, which Romney will we get in November if he wins the Presidential race–the tough on immigration Romney we heard for the last year or so . . . or the “newer” not-so-new version we saw when he ran Massachusetts and forced everyone to buy health insurance or pay a tax? Either way, he’s lying to a lot of people.

And it’s pretty likely that Muslim illegal aliens will be just as welcome here under Mitt as they were under Bush and are under Obama.

Mitt happens.

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Romney is using this “appealing to the voters” to abandon any decent positions. Can’t support Walker in Wisconsin too much because it might antagonize union voters in Ohio.

And the talk-show stooges like Rush are clearly on board with this. Rush is being crafty — he says a few words about understanding the Republican base’s frustrations with Romney and then he just attacks Obama for half an hour. Duuuhhhh.

Little Al on April 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

And of course, nothing like showing your disfavor with one of the central movers of tougher State immigration enforcement at exactly the time the Supreme court is considering a key State immigration law.

It’s almost as if Romney were signaling the Supreme Court that there will be no political repercussions if they gut the Arizona law.

Little Al on April 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

The mistake that Mitt Romney is making is that pandering to the La Raza crowd will gain him nothing other than the alienation of non-libertarian Republicans. The inclusion of the racist set aside, known as the “Dream Act”, will further suppress support for him. Genuine conservatives dislike rewarding people who have broken U.S. laws to migrate here, and on top of that demand special treatment.

Worry01 on April 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm

A vote for Twat Romney is a wasted vote. Country is already sunk…so sad.

#1 Vato on April 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    #1 Vato, you got that right. In ten to 15 years, our freedoms are nil. Secession may be the only way to get our freedoms back. We simply do not have true patriots in government, with very few exceptions.

    Joel-Confederate Son on April 27, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Yup.

Another reason I ain’t voting for him. His lack of principles do him in.

Republicans just had to give him the nod. I’m not expecting him to win in November and if he does win, both his domestic and foreign policies won’t be all that different from what we see under Obama.

The real question then is why Mitt Happens should be President.

NormanF on April 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    So – don’t vote for Romney – Obama gets re-elected without the opposition he should get – and you might as well place a bumper sticker on your car that says “I Voted for Obama”. If it’s the lesser of the two evils, then that’s what it is – your guy didn’t get the nod, neither did mine – wah! I’m a Republican, and will vote along my line. You don’t vote for Romney, then you’re just as much a RINO as the ones you complain about! and I’ll take another Bush any day!

    Craig B on April 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      The lesser of two evils IS STILL EVIL….shocker, I know. I’d rather vote for the devil I know than the one I don’t (assuming it comes down to Obama v Romney, which I doubt)

      Raisputin on April 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I am actually starting to miss the Hispanic illegal immigrants in Northern Virginia that used to work in the fast food restaurants. In the past few months, I’ve noticed many of them are being replaced by Muslims. One Chipotle used to be all friendly Hispanics; the last time I went, the Hispanics are gone and there were two Muslims working there: one with the headgear and scarf. I won’t be going there anymore.

We should enforce our borders, but if we are just going to replace illegal Hispanic aliens, who are Christians, with a flood of legal Muslims pouring into our country to take their places, what is the point? We should insist to our politicians that we want a secure border, but the flood of legal immigration of Muslims has to be stopped as well. I doubt either will happen under Mitt Romney.

JM on April 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I don’t like or trust Marco Rubio.

Yep, Mitt Happens, indeed.

I will vote for that fool in November (since too many Republicans happen to be like Liberals and were too stupid to see the strategic opportunity the Primary brought) but if he wins it will be better but still not ok.

So this is what it has come to. Voting for Flip Floppney to get rid of the dangerous Obama-Putin. There will be less caca in the ice cream, but caca will still be in it and we have to eat it. Nice!

Was “Boston” Eric Fehnstrom? I dunno. I’m really annoyed at the so-called Conservatives who want us to be chipper about voting for Romney. That fool is getting my vote but only because I am voting against Obama-Putin.

Skunky on April 26, 2012 at 7:00 pm

The main thing I’m waiting for is to see what plans Mitt has for Fatso Christie. That’ll be the clue.

Not Ovenready on April 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I’m betting his running mate will be Rubio. He’ll be the first Republican presidential nominee not to carry his home state.

The last Republican President from Massachusetts was Calvin Coolidge and America was a very different country back then.

Etchy Sketchy’s main problem – Skunky being the exception – is that conservatives simply can’t stand him.

And today’s move from him in firing Kris Kobach does nothing to win them over to his side in the general election.

NormanF on April 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Norman, I can’t stand Romney either. In a normal election (and before Hussein-Obama-Putin) I would throw away my vote for the Libertarian loon but after almost 3 years of dangerous Obama I am voting AGAINST Obama-Putin.

    I did not vote for Flip Floppney in the Primary here in Mass.

    I also agree with Gregg Jackson’s assessments on Romney (of WHY one shouldn’t vote for him) but Obama-Putin is worse.

    I must admit that within the last two years I have certainly learned that the so-called Republicans are not so far behind the lower-than-whale-crap Democrats. It’s all about power and how to keep it but I am disappointed to find out that Republicans don’t fight hard to destroy the Dems. You can see it in Boehner and watch Jihad Darrell and his endless rope-a-dope do nothing but look busy.

    I was always annoyed by the curmudgeons who said “they all are rotten” but I am beginning to walk down that crank road myself!

    Skunky on April 26, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Debbie thanks for this information, links and article, weeks ago I said that I was probably going to vote for Romney, now reading this I think I’ll just sit out and NOT vote at all, and I don’t know who’s going to be the third party candidate.

I’m, glad that jesus-freak loon Santorum is out (we don’t need another extremist president, we already have one in Obama), Gingrich is going to call off his campaign next week, now only that wingnut Ron Paul withdraws his campaign so it’ll be Romney-Obama. As Michael Savage said in the last presidential eletion, it’ll be “Diet-Soda Liberal vs. Diet Soda Liberal” and that’s what’ll be between Romney and Obama, so I’m not too sure if I’m going to vote in November.

And the conservative talk show hosts in the media has got to QUIT pushing Mitt Romney down our throats, there no better than the liberals in the media who pushed Obama down our throats 4 years ago! My favorite candidate for president will either be Allen West, James Inofe or Jim DeMint, but these guys aren’t running for the presidency this year!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on April 26, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Mitt the Twit is all about being a RINO. He got it from his father. I wish we did not have candidates who have the psychological need to kill their fathers. The fool in the WH is such an obvious case in point. And so isThe Twit. His father failed in running forPOTUS; so, he follows in daddy’s footsteps – business, governor, liberalism, the Mormon cult thing. Oh, that brings up his religion. Mormons have changed their tune when the heat is on – polygamy, blacks. So, I suppose they can be described as RINOS – Religion in Name Only – as well.

Remember, that The Twit gave us the first perverted version of marriage in violation of the Massachusetts Constitution and the court ruling. This gave cover to the Democrats. Amazing.

The so-called Massachusetts Family Institute under Rev. Kris Mineau, the Bapticostal,, has sold its soul in supporting The Twit for a chump change donation from him. This group purportedly opposes same sex “marriage” but, yet, supports The Twit who created it. Amazing. But then it is Massachusetts where nothing is as it appears.

The Twit is worse than a “flip-flopper.” He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Thanks for the info, DS.

David on April 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Debbie is this good for the Jews? Considering Obama is a modern Amalek, I can’t worry too much about Romney’s stance on immigration. Besides my lawn doesn’t cut itself. Also Debbie, H and I are looking into flights to Detroit city. Thanks for your generous offer of ground transportation and lodging at the Schlusell pad. H. prefers odorless litter but will supply his own special sleeping hut, toy dart and and smoking jacket.

A1 on April 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I’m with Skunky. I don’t like Mitt Romney either because of him being being a RINO who pretended to be a conservative during the primaries, as this and other posts by DS have shown, as well as other conservatives having pointed out concerning his Romneycare. However, given that the only alternative to Romney is Obama, and Romney is not Ron Paul, I have no choice but to hold my nose and vote for Romney. Plus, there is one advantage to voting for Romney over Obama. If Romney becomes President, he might be forced to govern as a conservative lest he not be reelected in 2016. Whereas if Obama gets reelected, then he will never be held accountable to the voters again and all bets are off as to what would happen after that.

JeffE on April 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Conservatives have to bend over backwards to emphasize that they are “fiscally conservative/socially liberal” or risk being branded “raaaaacist” by progressive trash.

“Racism” accusations trump all and are the kiss of death, especially for politicians, but essentially for anyone employed by a corporate entity.

It is the awful legacy planted by the US Communists from the 1950s and spawned and nurtured by Beatniks-cum-Hippies who shaped and designed sensibilities and morality in the ’60s and who now more or less control all social, educational and Federal governmental policy.

Decades of self-loathing, soft racism (in the form of unearned praise and molly coddling when addressing minorities)and entitlements have created a quagmire that is sucking down America into the quicksand and will ultimately destroy any semblance of the values and traditions that made us great to begin with.

The Hippie sensibilities have come home to roost.

DS_ROCKS! on April 26, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Actually, most “hippies” are libertarians in sensibility. The real villains here are people with a vested political interest in replacing the historic American population. The three main cuplrits: ethnic pressure groups (MALDEF, etc.); labor-intensive private-sector employers look for ways to cut corners; and labor unions seeking members to bolster their sagging ranks.

    Seek on April 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

Politically, I’ve never understood these moves to the ‘center’. The La Raza crowd and others are not going to switch votes to Romney, when Obama is unarguably the open borders guy, but the secure borders crowd would just sit at home.

I wonder whether the GOP is lost forever to the Right wing, or whether we can get them back. Otherwise, time to start building up a third party, like the Loyalist Party, which was created some years ago to combat the menace of Islam.

Infidel on April 27, 2012 at 1:25 am

Skunky….Norwood? Quincy? haha

#1 Vato on April 27, 2012 at 6:40 am

This latest news is maddening but unsurprising. Mitt Romney, like all mainstream Republicans, are as petrified as any Democrat of being called “racist” or “bigot.” His canning of Kris Kobach as a policy adviser (a class act, by the way, I’ve met him personally) could have been predicted.

This episode makes it all the more imperative that no matter who is elected president this fall, we must keep the pressure on the federal government and do everything possible to ward off influential mass-immigration enthusiasts such as the National Council of La Raza, Catholic Charities, MALDEF, LULAC, and the $PLC. Support the work of patriotic immigration restriction organizations and publications such as Numbers USA, The Social Contract, the Center for Immigration Studies, FAIR, and most of all, Vdare.

Seek on April 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

Reagan’s belief, which I admire is that people make policy. The people he had in key positions were the kind of government worker that he could mostly trust and see to it that his pro-American, pro-business less takes, etc. policies were implemented and fought for.

Romney is an RNC middle of the road, not a conservative, guy, not as principled or disciplined as a Reagan, He will have to toe the line for the party, key people will be chosen less by him and more by the RNC. This is unfortunate. Just as Kobach has been on the block others will also.

I think Santorum would be an excellent choice for VP. He has already been vetted and stands up to the media. And he is not some unknown female governor from some out of the way state.

Also, I think had Romney won the Republican primary, in 2008 and chose McCain for his VP he would have beat Obama. After all McCain with Palin got 46% of the vote.

Good Luck to Mitt. He will need our help big time to win in 2012.

Panhandle on April 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

ted kennedy’s 1965 immergration bill paved the way for turdworld scum to enter america,it was his way of getting at the wasp population.we are now flooded with ragheads,mexicans,and usless africans all with their hands out.i can only see a bad ending comming our way.buy gold land and guns.

BRUCE on April 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    The 1965 immigration bill formally was sponsored by Sen. Philip Hart, D-Mich., and Rep. Emanuel Celler, D-N.Y. Ted Kennedy’s role in the Hart-Celler legislation limited to floor manager, and then mainly as a tribute to his late brother JFK, an immigration enthusiast himself.

    Seek on April 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Another Bush = Romney. But I will suck it up and vote Against B.O.

Tina on April 27, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I’m a bit curious about the calls for Mark Rubio as a running mate. Rubio is not a natural born citizen. Rubio is certainly not eligible to be president. The language of the Constitution is a bit unclear to me regarding how the natural born requirement applies to the VP.

“No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.

In case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President, and the Congress may by law provide for the case of removal, death, resignation or inability, both of the President and Vice President, declaring what officer shall then act as President, and such officer shall act accordingly, until the disability be removed, or a President shall be elected.”

The same shall devolve on the Vice President…the eighteenth century lingo is a little hard for me to parse.

Richard on April 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Webster: devolve – to roll down or onward. To pass to another: said of duties, responsibilities, etc

I take this to mean that the VP must also be natural born. Can we please as a nation observe these Constitutional requirements?

Richard on April 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

The only bright side I can see to a Romney win over BHO is that some Republicans and others with influence may be able to keep conservative pressure on Romney in the same way pressure was put on Jorge over his immigration fantasies and supreme court near-disaster nominee Harriet Miers (thankfully withdrawn).

We know Romney isn’t a real conservative and neither were the Bushs. But bad as Romney is could we really stand another term of Obama? An Obama fully unleashed on us without him having to worry about any more elections? In that case I think we’ll see much more of the real Obama. Up close and personal.

If Romney wins there will be restraints in place. We can apply pressure on him. I know, it’s sad, but we HAVE to get BHO out of there. Please!

ex mossad on April 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Good thing there’s still enough time and opportunity left to nominate Ron Paul instead. Get cracking folks!

Roger F. Gay on April 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

And now the nitwit Republicans are accepting Obama’s redistribution schemes for student loans, agreeing to a rate freeze. This is nothing more than redistribution of income to BO’s base of student supporters, and taking income away, in the form of taxes from those who are really working for a living, creating jobs, and being productive members of society.

Rush thinks the Republicans have done something wonderful.

The Republicans have always been aimless and weak, but they are getting even worse. Instead of going along with subsidies to students who create nothing but mischief in society, he and the Republicans should be exposing student loan fraud, just like they should be exposing welfare fraud.

Little Al on April 28, 2012 at 4:09 pm

And “ex mossad”, get real. Politicians are most susceptible to pressure when they are running for office. If pressure doesn’t work now, how can it work once they are in office, and further away from the electorate?

Little Al on April 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I just can’t believe what I’m reading on this blog. We will have two choices in November, Romney and ZERO. Some people here claim they would rather have 4 more years of Socialism, spiraling deficit, and Anti-American rhetoric from the WH. Unbelieveable!

IndyRon on April 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    IndyRon,

    The only difference between Obama and Romney is that one has a (D) behind his name and the other one has an (R) behind his name this week, it could be a (D) next week. Romney is a liberal. The only chance at beating Obama in November is with Ron Paul, so abandon that sinking SS Romney ship and jump on board with a true conservative, Ron Paul.

    Raisputin on April 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

“Now that he’s sewn up the Republican nomination…”

Romney hasn’t sewn up a thing yet. Ron Paul is gaining delegates everywhere and the Romney Camp is running scared. Why don’t you do some REAL reporting for once miss Slushfund, I mean Stuedel, or whatever the heck your name is ;). Ron Paul is and has been the front-runner throughout this entire election cycle and is the only one that can beat Obama.

*IF*, and that is a BIG if, Romney happens to become the nominee, he has already lost. The RNC and DNC don’t care though, because Romney and Obama are one in the same. Bought and owned by the big financial interests of this and foreign countries. They are puppets at best.

Get a clue lady (and I use lady in the loosest sense of the word here). It’s Ron Paul or four more years of Obama!

Raisputin on April 29, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Do I really need to explain that “Little Al?” Stop your whining and face reality. Its Romney vs BHO. I’ll take Romney in that match. I guess you would prefer to ruin that chance too huh? Sit at home and whine?

ex mossad on April 29, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Yes, “ex mossad”, you really do have to explain. Countless comments here have explained the lack of real difference between Romney and Obama, so instead of name-calling, or borrowing a page from the RP and DP political hacks and calling your opponents “childish” or “whiners”, you should, indeed explain. Especially your implicit contention that Romney can be influenced more after he’s elected than when he’s running for the first time. We see what’s happening now.

Little Al on April 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

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