Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, seems to think that immigration may be just hot enough of an issue, to warrant a third-party candidate for President, in 2008. You can read about it here at the RCP Blog.
I have been saying it for a while now. In fact, I said it almost a year ago right here at PYY. The Zogby poll cited in that post, showed that 81% of the people surveyed thought that the state and local authorities should be allowed to assist the feds, in controlling illegal immigration. I think it's pretty safe to say that a lot of people felt there was a problem.
So, it was perceived to be an issue then, and today, not much has changed. In a recent Gallup poll, 81% of the people surveyed in the United States believe that immigration is out of control. Somebody must think it's still a problem. Although the questions were different, these numbers have not changed, much at all; and I feel safe in saying that they are very reflective of most citizens, right now.
Tom Tancredo has already said that if immigration is not at the forefront of the 2008 presidential primaries, he will run on this as his signature issue. If he is castigated by the GOP and not taken seriously, might it be possible that he could be that third party candidate?
Time will tell.
But for now, for all of the poll-watchers that are enamored with polls, let's look at two things here. (Two things we can say for a certainty and might be pretty close to immutable truth status.)
1. 81%, of those polled in these two polls, say that immigration is very important to them.
2. Tom Tancredo is one of those 81 %.
The stage is set. The lines are being drawn. And the people will be taking a good long look at this issue, and with much scrutiny too.
And if I were an incumbent? I think I'd take a good hard look at the numbers, again. And if I wanted to be the next President? I'd be coming up with a realistic plan. It doesn't have to be complicated. It doesn't have to be popular with every last person, no plan can/will have a 100% approval rate. But, it has to be effective and it has to be fair.
It won't be easy, but it has to get done. It isn't going to go away by itself.
Ms. Miami has some information that may be helpful to know.
As does The Logic Lifeline