EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Jane Norton Takes From Charlie Crist’s Playbook & Broadcasts She’s Soft on Immigration
There is an Associated Press article out about Ken Buck’s surge in Colorado.
For those of us who know Ken Buck, this quote comes as no surprise:
Buck was asked directly whether his upstart campaign would really work. He summed up why so many conservatives like him — and why so many political observers wonder how far he can go.
“I don’t know that I can win,” Buck said. “But I am what I am.”
The man is the most non-politician politician I’ve ever met. He isn’t pretentious and he isn’t overly political. He’s just honest and refreshing. Were he more of a politician, he probably would not have said that, but it has opened the door for Jane Norton.
Unfortunately for Norton, she’s pulled a talking point right out of Charlie Crist’s playbook:
“I can actually beat Michael Bennet. There’s an electability factor,” Norton told about 30 Republicans at a McDonald’s in eastern Colorado last month.
Electability? That’s what Charlie Crist said for a year — “Rubio can’t win the general election, so vote for me.” It won’t work for Norton any more than it will work for Crist.
This is not to say, however, that Norton is horrible like Crist. She’s not. But she is falling back on the same talking point. What’s more, she’s also signaling that she’ll capitulate on comprehensive immigration reform.
Norton, I’m told, is telling Republican business leaders in Colorado that they should support her because she won’t deport their workers. She dropped a hint of this in her attack on Buck’s answer.
Not all Colorado Republicans are sold. Many fear that Buck’s too conservative to be elected statewide and that his background as a tough-on-immigrants prosecutor will turn off Latino voters in a state where more than a fifth of residents are Hispanic.
“I can actually beat Michael Bennet. There’s an electability factor,” Norton told about 30 Republicans at a McDonald’s in eastern Colorado last month. “I can reach out to Hispanics, to women, to young people.“
Why does she say that? Because Ken Buck opposes amnesty and wants to enforce our immigration laws. Norton wants a path to citizenship. This is, I think, the first time she’s been willing to admit it, however indirectly.