Maybe John McCain has learned something from his election loss, like it doesn’t pay to be a R.I.N.O.. According to a report in the National Journal that was precisely the message McCain gave a Hispanic leaders when they complained about Obama’s lack of movement on immigration issues
During the ramp-up to the 2008 election, McCain became the symbol of a weak immigration policy as he sponsored a plan which included amnesty for illegal aliens. McCain’s reward for alienating his Republican base was a 2-to-1 Hispanic support for his opponent during the presidential vote.
What began as a collegial airing of views abruptly changed when McCain spoke about immigration, according to these sources, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution. Anonymity was also requested by a third source, who was not at the meeting but was told, independently of the other two, that McCain had displayed his notorious temper….
McCain’s message was obvious, the source continued: After bucking his party on immigration, he had no sympathy for Hispanics who are dissatisfied with President Obama’s pace on the issue. “He threw out [the words] ‘You people — you people made your choice. You made your choice during the election, “
McCain supporter Mel Martinez who was at the meeting chimed in:
“What I saw… was John McCain saying, ‘Look, I didn’t get a lot of support from the Hispanic community,’ which he deserved to have had,” Martinez said. “It frustrated me. It frustrated him. [McCain said,] ‘You guys thought this guy [Obama] was going to be your savior. Where is his leadership?’ I sort of echo that. It’s not like [the meeting] went badly, I don’t think.”
How did people attending the session react to McCain? Martinez said, “I think they thought he’s still smarting a little bit. But I don’t think they felt threatened or attacked or anything like that. I don’t think so. My sense is the meeting was not ruined by John in any way, shape, or form.”….
….Going forward, some of McCain’s allies question whether Obama will be willing to lead on immigration, especially given what they saw as his failure to take risks to advance immigration reform when he was a senator. “He was AWOL most of the time,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of Obama in an interview in July. “I learned a lot about Obama on immigration, and it wasn’t good. I learned that to talk about bipartisan change and to stick by a bipartisan deal are two different things. He came by several times, more [for] the photo ops. The only time he came by, he wanted to re-litigate something that had already been decided.”
Asked recently whether he would be surprised that McCain’s feelings about Hispanic voters and immigration legislation sound very raw, Graham, who also took risks in backing the legislation, which was very unpopular in South Carolina, said: “John understands politics. But he is a human being, like all of us, and it is disappointing because he really was the driving force on the Republican side… to produce a bill that would solve this problem. And the groups that were cheering him on were gone when he needed them.”
Other Obama supporting interest groups should be aware what can happen when you vote against the candidate who works so hard for your cause and vote for the candidate who will harm your interests (like the 78% of the Jewish Vote).