Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Even though illegal aliens can’t vote, they may have already decided the outcome of next year’s Presidential election.
As improbable as that may sound, it is plausible.
For the longest time, liberal Democrats strategized that the war In Iraq was their ticket to the White House. For years, never offering their own plan to fight terror, their constant drumbeat was the war was bad, the war was immoral, the war was failing, etc., etc., etc.
The mantra did create a tsunami at the polls last November, but put Democrats in a position that they are uncomfortable and have a great of difficulty with: governing.
The Democratic Party thrives on failure. Success blows up their playbook. Democrats must have poverty and welfare and homelessness to bolster their cries for more taxing and spending to fund ineffective social programs. They must hold the impoverished down, otherwise their “Great Society” philosophy goes down the drain. In essence, they are “poverty pimps.”
Democrats privately were hoping to ride another year of negative news media reports and polls about the war into the elections, expecting more voter backlash against Republicans.
Spoiling their plan was what Democrats fear and hate the most: success. The surge in Iraq is working. Violence is down, a revelation even the news media has begrudgingly started to pick up on. The public is catching on, isn’t stupid, and understands. And Democrats are now frustrated because the U.S. is winning in Iraq.
So what issue has replaced Iraq in the minds and fascination of Americans? Try illegal immigration. Democrats may have stumbled so badly on this one that they may never recover.
New York Governor Elliot Spitzer did the party no favor when he advocated giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. Almost three out of every four New Yorkers polled think Spitzer is off his rocker.
When Hillary Clinton was forced to address Spitzer’s idea during a debate, she took more positions than John Kerry before finally clarifying the next day that she did support driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants. Some pundits think Hillary’s dead. If she’s not, she did receive a few more nails in the coffin.
The vast majority of the American public is fed up with illegal immigration. Local and state governments from one end of the country to the other are enacting laws to combat illegal immigration, especially the granting of government programs and services.
Republicans are seen as tough on illegal immigration, opposed to amnesty; Democrats are seen as just the opposite.
“Iraq bad, illegal immigration good” has backfired, to say the least.
Republicans want to starve Grandma?
Republicans want to kill your dog?
Republicans hate everybody?
That stuff just doesn’t resonate.
I guess they’ll just campaign on the issue they always do:
TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX, TAX.