The GOP seems to think 2010 will be just like 1994. So, why not go back to the anti-immigrant well a la Prop 187? From Carla Marinucci:
Poizner told The Chronicle this week that illegal immigration would be one of his “top priorities” as governor, insisting he would be tougher on the issue that Whitman.
“I supported Prop. 187, and she does not,” he said, referring to the 1994 initiative, approved by voters but struck down by a federal court that would have banned illegal immigrants from using public services in California.
He said he opposes taxpayer-supported education and health care benefits to undocumented immigrants and their children because the cash-strapped state can no longer foot those bills.
Whitman’s chief strategist, Mike Murphy, said she “is as tough as nails” on illegal immigration, supporting efforts to secure the border and opposing sanctuary cities.(SF Chronicle)
Why not? Well, California is a very different place in 2010 than it was in 1994. Demographics no longer favor the nativists. Let’s see Whitman and/or Poizner say this stuff to the general electorate. Or better yet, instead of talking pablum to Latino groups, talk about their “tough on illegals” stance. Talk about splitting up families, and tearing apart communities.
See how that works for you in 2010.